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Kai Monet Flores Emnace

Museum educator | life-long learner

Museum Education Experience

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Education Department, Los Angeles

  • Education Program Coordinator, 2013 - Present:
    • MOCA teen program Co-Coordinator: year-long intensive internship for a diverse group of teens; create responsive curriculum that promotes collaboration and empowerment; manage 100k budget; researched the long-term impacts of teen programs in a national study funded by an IMLS grant
    • Contemporary Art Start (CAS) Educator and Coordinator: school and teacher program dedicated to bringing contemporary art and reflection into teaching practices; facilitate CAS school and teacher professional development workshops; coach classroom teachers in Visual Thinking Stragies (VTS); provide VTS gallery tours for students; develop and implement program evaluation
  • Contemporary Art Start (CAS) Educator, 2011 - 2013: facilitated CAS teacher professional development workshops; provided gallery tours for school groups using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS); designed and implemented program evaluation

        Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Education Department

        • Ancient World Mobile Gallery Teacher, 2011 - Present: Provide gallery tours focused on ancient cultures covered in 6th grade curriculum
        • Boone Children's Gallery Facilitator, 2009 - 2013: Engaged visitors in meaningful museum experience through art making and storytelling
        • Charles White Gallery Educator, A is for Zebra Exhibition, 2012: Led and facilitated gallery discussions and art making activities at offsite gallery
        • Charles White Gallery Educator, Journeys Exhibition, 2009 - 2011

        Skirball Cultural Center, Education Department, Los Angeles,

        • Noah's Ark Gallery Educator, 2009 - 2014: Facilitate visitor experiences through art making, puppeteering, musical jam sessions and storytelling; facilitate the drop-in art studio

            J. Paul Getty Museum, Education Department, Los Angeles

            • Family Art Lab Sub-Contractor, Summer 2012: Led gallery discussions and facilitated post-gallery art making activity

                Japanese American National Museum, Education Department, Los Angeles,

                • Gallery Facilitator, 2010: Administered art activities for visitors to enable thought and interaction with exhibition

                    Teaching Artist Experience

                    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

                    • Art + Film Visiting Scholar, July 2014: Demonstrated VTS for classroom teachers
                    • Art + Film Visiting Scholar, Jan 2014: Demonstrated discussion facilitation methods with moving images for classroom teachers
                    • Evenings for Educators Visiting Scholar, Dec 2013: Designed and demonstrated an English Language Development art lesson for classroom teachers
                    • Andell Family Sunday Toddler Tarp Teaching Artist, Sept 2013: Designed and instructed drop-in art project for ages 0 - 5 in response to an exhibition
                    • Andell Family Sunday Toddler Tarp Teaching Artist, Sept 2012

                          USC Pacific Asia Museum

                          • VTS Workshop Presenter, Feb 2014: Led VTS training at monthly Docent Council Meeting

                          Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Los Angeles

                          • Teaching Assistant, Fall 2013: ART 250: Visual Arts for the Elementary Teacher; guided undergraduate students in designing and implementing visual arts curriculum in a classroom

                                      Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

                                      • Teen Arts Academy Teaching Artist, June 2013: Designed and instructed two-day workshop that engaged current exhibitions
                                      • Young Artists' Workshop Teaching Artist, May 2013: Designed and instructed two-hour workshop that engaged current exhibitions

                                              aNoiseWithin, Pasadena, CA

                                              • VTS Workshop Trainer, Apr 2013: Demonstrated and coached VTS facilitation for resident actors

                                                    Hills Academy of Music and Art, Torrance, CA

                                                    • Art Teacher, 2010 - 2011: Instructed studio lessons for ages 1 - 40+, installed annual student art exhibition

                                                        After School All-Stars, Los Angeles

                                                        • Art Program Leader, 2010 - 2011: Designed and implemented after school art curriculum for grades 6 and 7 at CRMA #4; organized and publicized culminating student exhibition

                                                            Dolores Mission School, Los Angeles

                                                            • Part-time Art Teacher, 2009 - 2010: Designed and implemented grades 1 - 7 art curriculum aligned with the California VAPA standards; scheduled seven museum field trips; maintained school galleries of student artwork; supervised undergraduate student intern

                                                                Watch Me Draw!, Torrance, CA

                                                                • Teacher, 2008 - 2009: Instructed after school drawing lessons at elementary schools for grades K - 6

                                                                    Professional Service

                                                                    Museum Educators of Southern California (MESC)

                                                                    • President, Board of Directors, 2015 - Present: Leading MESC through  a transformation process to better meet the needs of members; implementing crowd sourced pilot programming model 
                                                                    • Vice President, Board of Directors, 2013 - 2015: Oversaw regional chairs and quarterly regional events; development committee chair; managed graduate student consultant; analyzed member focus groups to steer the future direction of organization
                                                                    • Public Relations Co-Chair, Board of Directors, 2011 - 2013: Managed contacts and e-blasts through ConstantContact; maintained MESC Facebook Page

                                                                      National Endowment for the Arts

                                                                      • Art Education Collective Impact Grant Panelist, 2014, 2015

                                                                      The Getty Foundation

                                                                      • Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Hub Leader, Summer 2014, 2015, 2016: Regional Hub Leader for a group of Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Interns; planned and executed two days of professional learning to expose interns to professionals and organizations in the field; facilitated discussions about diversity and racism in the fields of the arts and museums

                                                                      Blueprint for Creative Schools Task Force

                                                                      • Member, 2012 - 2013: Appointed by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction; California Arts Council and State Superintendent Joint Task Force convened to collaboratively write blueprint for art education in California public schools

                                                                          Arts Enterprise Student Chapter, Claremont Graduate University (CGU)

                                                                          • Director of Programming, 2012 - 2013: Coordinated monthly cross-disciplinary cultural and networking events for students

                                                                          Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

                                                                          • Volunteer Education Coordinator, 2010 - 2012: Prepared original exhibition tours; coordinated school visits with resident artist; researched potential funding and partnerships to increase education programming


                                                                              Panels and Presentations

                                                                              • “Room to Rise Share Out,” Room to Rise Share Out and Practitioners’ Lunch, May 2016.
                                                                              • “Authentic Presence in Art’s Presence: Gallery Teaching as Mindfulness Practice,” National Art Education Association Convention, March, 2016.
                                                                              • “Emerging Alumni Panel,” Kaleidoscope Speaker Series, October 24, 2015.
                                                                              • “Pecha Kucha: Components of Student Internship Programs that Create Lasting Impact,” MOCA’s Think, Sync, Drink: The Expanded Classroom, September 24, 2015.
                                                                              • “Past, Present, and Future of MESC,” MESC Annual Institute, June 10, 2015.
                                                                              • “Investigating Long-Term Impacts for Teen Arts Program Alumni,” National Art Education Association Convention, March, 2015.
                                                                              • "Digging In: Measuring the Deep Impact of Teen Programs," California Association of Museums 2015 Conference, February 19, 2015.

                                                                              • Pecha Kucha, ArtsforLA LA Convergence, October 24, 2014. Watch video here:


                                                                              • "Gallery Teaching as a Meditation Practice," MESC Annual Institute, June 2, 2014.


                                                                              Room to Rise: The Lasting Impact of Intensive Teen Programs in Art Museums

                                                                              • Researcher-Practitioner, 2012 - 2016: Three-year IMLS-funded, collaborative researcher-practitioner study of long-term impacts of teen programs at MOCA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, and Contemporary Art Museum Houston; increased understanding and capacity in conducting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative research

                                                                              Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

                                                                              • Graduate Student Consultant, 2013: Researched the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in CA; created an English Language Arts CCSS primer packet for VTS staff

                                                                                  Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles

                                                                                  • re:present L.A., 2012: Co-curated juried exhibition at the Vincent Price Art Museum; developed interactive gallery materials; coordinated school and family programming

                                                                                      Laband Art Gallery, LMU

                                                                                      • ART100: LMU Alumni Artists, 2011: Co-curated first alumni exhibition at LMU; conceptualized exhibition title and designed submission process and application; cataloged submissions from over 70 alumni of the Bellarmine College of Fine Arts; organized the reception and return of over 60 artworks from 45 artists

                                                                                          Projects Portfolio


                                                                                                  • Hemera Foundation Fellowship for Educators Recipient, 2016
                                                                                                  • Arts for LA 2013 LA Convergence Emerging Leader Scholarship Recipient, 2013
                                                                                                  • School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences 2012 Workshop Series Scholarship Recipient, CGU
                                                                                                  • Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grantee, Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), 2012, attended VTS Advanced Practicum, Seattle, WA
                                                                                                  • Albert B. Friedman Grantee, School of Arts and Humanities, CGU, 2012
                                                                                                  • California Association of Museums (CAM) Writing Fellow, 2012
                                                                                                  • Graduate Student Council Travel Award, CGU, 2012
                                                                                                  • Transdisciplinary Reading Group Grantee, CGU, 2012
                                                                                                  • Creative Capacity Fund NextGen Grantee, CCI, 2011, attended VTS Practicum, Portland, OR
                                                                                                  • Ahmanson Foundation Arts Management Fellowship, 2011
                                                                                                  • Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grantee, CCI, 2010, attended CCI Grant Strategies Workshop
                                                                                                  • Girl Scouts of America Gold Award Recipient and Lifetime Member


                                                                                                  May 2013

                                                                                                  M.A. Arts Management, Concentration in Education

                                                                                                  Claremont Graduate University

                                                                                                  Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business, Teaching Assistant for Laura Zucker, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

                                                                                                  May 2008

                                                                                                  B.A. Art Education, Minor in Art History

                                                                                                  Loyola Marymount University

                                                                                                  Scholar of Distinction in Art Education, Scholar of Distinction in Jewelry Arts

                                                                                                  Dec 2007

                                                                                                  B.A. Urban Studies, Minor in Sociology

                                                                                                  Loyola Marymount University

                                                                                                  Social Justice Committee, Associated Students of LMU (ASLMU), 2007, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, 2007, Admissions Team Tour Guide, 2003-2007, LMU Leadership Merit Scholarship Recipient, 2003-2007