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Charissa Ruth

  • What I do, where I work

  • I am a graduate from Bank Street’s Museum Education program and I currently freelance full-time in museums. I’ve worked on everything from designing curriculum, teaching school and public programs, prototyping, and research/evaluation.

  • Current position

    • Independent Contractor at Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design

    • Educator at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Earlier positions

  • Education Specialist at Explorium Children's Museum

  • Explainer at American Museum of Natural History

  • Intern at Lefferts Historic House

  • Early Childhood and Museum Team Educator at Brooklyn Children's Museum

  • Engagement Program Coordinator at Abrons Art Center

  • Education Intern at Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School

  • Independent Contractor at COSI

Recent publications & presentations

  • Tattooed New York

    Tattooed New York

    Review

    by Charissa Ruth Published April 08 2017

    Tattooing itself has simply been what it has always been: person, ink, image. Through the mirror of time, tattoos themselves have changed to represent different things for different people and that is what the New York Historical Society seeks to...

  • 100 Years of the Picture Collection: From Abacus to Zoology

    100 Years of the Picture Collection: From Abacus to Zoology

    Review

    by Charissa Ruth Published December 31 2015

    The Picture Collection at the New York Public Library is the original search engine for images. Remember the times when we relied heavily on other people to help us find what we were looking for? Librarians held all that knowledge in their heads way...

  • Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future

    Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future

    Review

    by Charissa Ruth Published March 24 2015

    BLDG 92 is the educational outreach for the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a space that has been part and parcel of the transformation of Brooklyn, New York, and the United States since the Colonial Times. The main exhibition in BLDG 92 is “Past, Present, and...

  • Naturalist Center

    Naturalist Center

    Review

    by Charissa Ruth Published August 18 2014

    The Naturalist Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is a modern cabinet of curiosities. Everywhere your eye may wander is a new object waiting to be observed. The walls are lined with specimens of all shapes and sizes. The bulk of...

  • WWI and the Fight for the American Mind

    WWI and the Fight for the American Mind

    Review

    by Charissa Ruth Published August 18 2014

    I don’t think the New York Public Library could have had better timing. Right now the media is saturated with stories of violence from the conflict in Ukraine and between Israel and Gaza, to the clashes between police and protesters over police...

  • Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture

    Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture

    Review

    by Charissa Ruth Published March 16 2013

    As soon as you walk into the cave-like entrance of this exhibition, large images of food, of family, of farming dance in front of your eyes to music. Words pop up; expressions used to describe ways we think about food. Delicious. Healthy. Fast Food....