ARTS WORKER AND DIGITAL STRATEGIST 

HOLDING SPACE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, ONLINE & IRL. 

 

Ravon Ruffin is committed to the practice of care for communities of color, and the critical value of their narratives to our collective futures. She organizes cultural events and community programs to center communities of color and for the support of contemporary artists of color. These programs serve as a catalyst for conversations on the relationships between people to the built environment,  and place-keeping to cultural capital. Currently, she is a joint fellow in public programs at The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Museum of Modern Art, activating the museum's exhibitions and collections through community partnerships, artist-led workshops, and envisioning  new ways to artfully engage online; and a 2020 Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, researching and developing programming models that promote social and fiscal equity for black, immigrant, and third world populations.

 

She is a founder of and community manager at Brown Art Ink, a nomadic incubator to promote the growth of local art ecosystems and better opportunities for artists of color. This project has been supported by the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, and clients include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Walters Art Museum, DC Public Library, and the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.​​ As community manager, she has built an online community of over 5,000 artists, art workers, and cultural practitioners invested in economic and social justice for women and communities of color in the arts, and leads Brown Art Ink's efforts in creating deep relationships with artists and their surrounding communities. Previously, Ravon was part of the SHORTY and WEBBY award-winning social and digital engagement team at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, establishing the museum's online presence, developing digital campaigns, and uplifting the under-told narratives of African Americans and the diaspora. 

 

She holds a MA in American Studies from George Washington University with a specialization in Museums and Material Culture, and an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a degree in Anthropology. Originally from Illinois, Ravon lives and works in New York City. 

 

COMMUNITY  

Think/Write/Speak: Activism in Action, THE BOSTONIAN SOCIETY

Neighborhood Nights: Counter Map, THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM

Preservation, Care, Librarianship: Keeping Local Memory Alive, DC PUBLIC LIBRARY

A Body of Work: Artist Talks + Tours, TRANSFORMER 

202Creates Residency Program, 202CREATES 

ANTHOLOGY 008, ACREATIVEDC

Understanding Otherness in Museums, THE FRALIN MUSEUM OF ART

ART + CULTURE 

Bodies on the Line: Reckoning with Black Women in Performance, ART ON THE VINE

Re-Curating History in Contemporary Art, ONTARIO COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN UNIVERSITY

Making Space for Ourselves: Black Women and the Power of Art+Community, DIRT

STATE OF ART3 / DC, ARTTABLE DC

DMV Artists and their Museum Community, THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Changing the Game: New Models, New Leaders, New Ideas for the Arts, ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM DIRECTORS CONFERENCE

MUSEUMS, RACE, + DIGITAL

Opening Museum Doors, CREATIVEMORNINGS/WASHINGTON DC

Humanizing Your Social Media Presence, MUSEUM COMPUTER NETWORK CONFERENCE

Constructing Cultural Contexts: Gendered Narratives, THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM

All Things Considered, NPR

Commemorating & Memorializing Black History & Culture, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Digital Archives: Radical Acts of Self-Preservation, MARYLAND INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY IN THE HUMANITIES

Mining The Digital Landscape Engaging Communities of Color, MUSEUMNEXT CONFERENCE

Selected Projects,
Programs, & Talks

Ravon Ruffin

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