RAVON RUFFIN (she/her) is an independent cultural producer/organizer, writer, and digital storyteller invested in museums as sites for community advocacy, public education, and urban sustainability.
Her work is a practice of care for communities of color, and a commitment to the critical value of their narratives to our collective futures. She organizes artist talks, panels, and tours to encourage dialogue between institutions and their publics, and the support of contemporary artists of color. She is the co-founder 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.
Ravon is a current 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 and artist-led programs, and an Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. 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, uplifting the under-told narratives of African Americans and the diaspora.
She holds a MA in American Studies from George Washington University, and is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a degree in Anthropology. Originally from Illinois, Ravon lives and works in New York City.