Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Jennifer Reifsteck

Jennifer Reifsteck is the K-12 Education Specialist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art. Reifsteck has been creating experiential learning opportunities for all ages in the museum field for over 15 years. She has a B.A. in Art Therapy and Studio Art and M.A. in Museum Education.Passionate about mindfulness practices, she is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and certified Qi Gong instructor.

How Art Can Foster Social-Emotional Awareness for Our Students (and Ourselves)

Museum educators at the National Museum of Asian Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum have developed programs to equip teachers and students alike with strategies to slow down. This programming has guided participants in appreciating art, checking-in with themselves, and developing empathy.