Janeen Bryant, the founder of Facilitate Movement, has been an advocate and catalyst for building community capacity since 2000. Janeen, as an inter-sectional educator, facilitator and community engagement consultant, has dedicated her work in museums to building capacity for empathetic museum spaces, programs, and experiences. She has been a core member of the Empathetic Museum since its inception in 2013. 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 Latino New South Project that ultimately became NUEVOlution. A dialogue facilitator and trainer, she continues to design differentiated curriculum and experiential learning activities to make social change history relevant and accessible to any learner. She collaborates broadly with museums and educational organizations to promote educational equity. As a seasoned facilitator, she helps organizations grapple with issues of race, equality, and social justice related to staffing, programming, and exhibition development. She is active in multiple industry-wide initiatives including Museums and Race and MASS Action.
As a full-time consultant, Janeen organized and directed Charlotte’s first-ever On The Table initiative, supported by Community Building Initiative and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation engaging over 5,000 participants in a one-day gathering. Previously Janeen has consulted with Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice. Janeen has worked nationally including but not limited to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York, the Atlanta History Center in Georgia, and as far west as San Diego for the New California Arts Fund. She has also worked internationally on behalf of the Smithsonian Museums Connect Program on an exploratory site visit to Museo Afroperuano in Zana, Peru. A graduate of Davidson College with a B.A. in Anthropology, she completed her Master of Science degree in Leadership and Management in 2010.