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2019 Scholars

The MCN Scholarship Program awards scholarships to 15 qualified applicants from the cultural sector to attend MCN 2019 in San Diego, CA.

The MCN 2019 Scholarship Program is partially funded by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, making it possible for 15 scholars to attend the conference.


MCN 2019 Scholarship Committee

  • Jessica BrodeFrank - Scholarship CoordinatorMCN 2018 Scholarship Alumna
  • Andrea Ledesma - Scholarship Advisor, MCN 2016 Scholarship Alumna
  • Elizabeth Bollwerk - MCN President, former Scholarship Chair and Advisor


Meet the 2019 Scholarship recipients


Alessandra Pearson
Digital Coordinator, David Zwirner Gallery

Alessandra Pearson is Digital Coordinator at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. She recently received her Master’s Degree in Emergent Digital Practices from the University of Denver where she researched art, tech, and disability. While in Denver, she managed the online presence for the Art of Access Alliance, a partnership between arts organizations highlighting access programs for disability communities. Prior to the gallery, she worked at a variety of arts institutions ranging from the Denver Art Museum to the nonprofit, Fractured Atlas. Alessandra tweets at: @alliebpearson

Alyssa Machida
Asian Art Learning Resource Fellow, Mia

Alyssa Machida is the Asian Art Learning Resources Fellow at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and author of The Dreamspace Project Workbook. She seeks projects, spaces, and co-workers committed to intersectional inclusivity, community-empowered organizing, and equity-based models for public engagement in the arts and education.

Amy Francisco-Nugent

Amy is an artist/educator from Upstate NY, with a BFA from Syracuse University. As a museum educator, Amy has united her lifelong passions for museums, art, education, and gaming by creating unique, interactive content. Amy is a founding member of Studio Satori Artist Hub and a fiber arts instructor.


Cassandra Tucker
Manager of Museum Technology, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University

Cassi Tucker is the Manager of Museum Technology for the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University. Her background is in information technology innovation, medieval history, and digital public humanities. Her work focuses on using technology to increase access to art experiences, both at the museum and remotely. Cassandra tweets at: @cassitucker



Claire Fox
Student, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New York University

Claire Fox is a student in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University. Her research interests have evolved from a focus on amateur film and video formats and settled into the weird world of digital preservation. Her current projects are focused on legacy software preservation. Claire tweets at: @clairefox 

Clémence Prudot d'Avigny
Head of Development, Iconem fund of Endangered Heritage

Clémence is Head of Development for the Iconem fund for endangered heritage. Graduated in a double bachelor in History and Art History from the Sorbonne and in cultural management from Université Paris Dauphine, she is working for the Iconem fund for more than 2 years. In her current position, she has been appointed chief of project for the exhibition “Age-old cities”, at the Arab World institute, in partnership with Ubisoft and the UNESCO, and has handle challenging training and survey mission all around the world. The is also responsible of the strategic development of the Iconem worldwide, and towards local communities.

Derek Tan
Digital Media Specialist, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Derek Tan is the Digital Media Specialist for the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. He has worked in collections and on public engagement in museums as a multimedia designer, photographer, and illustrator. Derek studied biology and art history at UBC in his hometown of Vancouver. Dereck tweets at: @drkdigital

Emily Esten
Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator, Penn Libraries

Emily Esten (she/her) practices digital public humanities within institutions big and small. She collaborates on public projects that think critically about audience, content, and use of technology. Currently doing “all the things”, she is the Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator at Penn Libraries and assists with Contingent Magazine. Emily tweets at: @sheishistoric

Ewa Drygalska, Ph.D
Multimedia Coordinator, Fryderyk Chopin Museum, Warsaw

Ewa Drygalska earned her Ph.D. in Film and Interdisciplinary Program Society-Environment-Technology at Jagiellonian University in Poland. She also studied at UCLA as a Fulbright Fellow. She worked for the National Museum in Warsaw, currently, she's a coordinator of multimedia exposition at Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw and teaches New Media Art at Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology.

Ijeoma Njaka
Experiential learning designer, educator, and writer

Ijeoma Njaka is an experiential learning designer, educator, and writer. Throughout her career, she has specialized in inclusive pedagogy and anti-bias education for student, faculty, and staff audiences. Ijeoma holds an MA in Learning, Design, and Technology from Georgetown University as well as an BA from Brown University. Ijeoma tweets at: @anotherijeoma



Jason Gariepy
Executive Director, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre

Jason is new to the museum world. His previous careers focused on public relations, politics, and fund development. He is a former university instructor, political advisor at the Alberta Legislature, and elected municipal official. He is a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta and is proud of his Aboriginal ancestry. In his spare time, he can be found in a yoga studio, reading biographies, and eating chocolate--lots and lots of chocolate. He recently completed his Masters of Public Administration and his thesis was on the efficacy of mobile photo radar. Jason tweets at: @canmoremuseum

Julia Matamoros
Partnerships Officer, Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Julia Matamoros is the Partnerships Officer of Canoo at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Canoo is a mobile app that helps new Canadian citizens celebrate their citizenship with one year of free admission to museums, art galleries, natural parks and performing arts across the country. Julia works with a national network of cultural organizations to engage Canada’s newest citizens, build long-term relationships with this audience, and create more inclusive spaces through new insights on participation. Julia has engaged the public with arts discussion and practice for the past decade in education and programing capacities. She is interested in exploring the potential of digital technology as a platform for cultural innovation and social inclusion through collaboration with different sectors. Julia tweets at: @juliasanin

Mairelys Lemus-Rojas
Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Mairelys manages metadata for digital collections at IUPUI University Library and spearheads open knowledge initiatives to increase the representation of women scholars and artists in Wikidata. She holds an MSLIS from Florida State University with a concentration in Web Design/Technology & Networking and graduate certificates in Museum Studies and Information Architecture. Mairelys tweets at: @mlemusrojas

Orvis Starkweather
Collections Management System Coordinator, University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries

Orvis Starkweather is a knowledge management professional who specializes in aligning collection management practices with institutional goals and values. Their aim is to ensure that heritage knowledge systems are easy to use, deliver solutions and support the needs of stakeholder communities. Orvis tweets at: @ohstarkweather


Traces Haupt
Graduate Student, University of Maryland

Tracee Haupt is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, pursuing an MA in American History, an MLIS in Archives and Digital Curation, and a certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture. She is a three-time Smithsonian intern and now works at UMD’s Special Collections and University Archives.

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