Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Kirsten McNally

Kirsten McNally is the Manager of Integration Programs at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Licensed in K-12 visual arts, she has worked in both school and museum settings and hopes to create and sustain bridges between the two. At Cooper Hewitt she works with teens, college students, and educators to integrate design into their practices and classrooms. Prior to this, she worked as the Director of Museum Programming at Children’s Museum of the Arts and PS 20 Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BFA in Photography and an MAT in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, as well as an M.S. Ed. in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. 

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A new series of creativity and critical thinking exercises from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum offers educators prompts, visuals, and big ideas to support student reflection and speculative thinking.