Zindzi Harley, UArts Museum Studies MA graduate, seated at an outdoor stage and speaking into a microphone. she is wearing black glasses and is looking to her right, and is wearing a brown lacey dress.

MA '20 (Museum Studies)

Museum Studies (MA)

"Pursuing higher education is what you make it. Graduate school is similar to a museum exhibition. Over the next two years, you will curate your gallery with impactful experiences, people, and skills that will draw the public into your practice as a professional and separate you from other museums in the pack. Take this time to build impactful opinions, foster useful relationships, and nurture your passion for arts and culture. Only by doing these things will you be prepared for the journey of service that awaits you." 

Zindzi Harley is an emerging Black curator currently serving as Assistant Curator at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Harley is an alumna of the University of Arts M.A. in Museum Studies where she crafted her thesis Making a Way: The Importance of Black Cultural Sites in Modern Day Museum Culture. Her research focuses on the history of Black museums, institutional activism, and the preservation of art and artists of the African diaspora. Harley has worked with various local organizations in Philadelphia including as Project Curator of Past Present Projects and Manager of Public Programs at Ars Nova Workshop.