Founder and Principal at Facilitate Movement, USA
An advocate and catalyst for building community capacity since 2005, Janeen Bryant is an intersectional educator, facilitator, trainer, and agitator. A graduate of Davidson College with a B.A. in Anthropology, she completed her Master of Science degree in Leadership and Management thereafter. Formerly Vice President of Education at the Levine Museum of the New South, Ms. Bryant is known widely as a facilitator and community-centered program developer both regionally and nationally. A core member of the Empathetic Museum since its inception in 2013, she has dedicated her work in museums to building capacity for empathetic museum spaces, programs, and experiences notably consulting with Eastern State Penitentiary, The Gates Foundation Museum, Minnesota Institute of Art, and recently designing a design charrette for the Nina Simone Childhood Homesite.
Ms. Bryant also conceptualized and implemented the Listening Sessions model used by her museum in projects including “Without Sanctuary, LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality” and most notably the award-winning Latino New South Project that ultimately became NUEVOlution. A strategist and creative catalyst, she continues to design differentiated curriculum, dialogic engagement kits, and experiential learning activities to make social change relevant and accessible to any learner. In 2015 as Regional Director: South, for Leadership for Educational Equity she transitioned from solely arts and culture to directly organize teachers, parents and community leaders as they developed their community advocacy tools, influencing decision-makers, and ultimately changing the reality of our education system.
Now, after launching her consultancy Facilitate Movement, LLC she serves as a community engagement specialist serving schools, nonprofits, and museums across the country through professional development, visioning sessions, and collaborative dreaming. Her recent stint as a guest columnist for the Charlotte Observer continues her work in social impact for marginalized communities. Her writing can be seen in that newspaper and other industry-specific contributions such as the MASS ActionTool Kit, History News, and the Museums & Race Report Card. Selected as a 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, Janeen Bryant celebrates innovation, welcomes connection, and centers love in her continued quest for a more just and equitable world.
Join Janeen at Communicating the Arts Montreal this October!