cultural producer and digital storyteller creating spaces in support of contemporary art, artists, and community
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.
Programs, & Talks
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
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
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
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