Mentorship and Professional Training
I am committed to exposing young people from diverse backgrounds to art, as well as to mentoring the next generation of art professionals.
At ARTnews, I created and ran the magazine’s successful intern program, resulting in numerous internal hires.
As my alter ego Nibor, I launched a club for the youth-development nonprofit Cre8tiveYouth*ink that brought high-school art students to museums, galleries, and studios around the city.
My current group, the Niboristas, provides networking opportunities for young art professionals. Our members include more than 350 artists, educators, activists, curators, marketers, journalists, and others who work in the cultural sphere. (See more on our @niborista Twitter feed and our #niborista Instagram hashtag.)
I'm a frequent speaker at professional-development events. I help the New York Foundation for the Arts with its Artist as Entrepreneur bootcamps, stage social-media workshops for local students, and partner with Museum Hue, Gateway Project Spaces, BRIC, and other nonprofits to offer free coaching and writing workshops.
For the past four years, I've been a mentor at the Art Writing Workshop, a partnership between AICA/USA and the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.
I’m available to collaborate with institutions and organizations to offer professional training to students and emerging art professionals.
"Robin Cembalest's Writing Workshop for Museum Hue was creative and captivating. Through her teaching, participants learned how to curate their online presence to help get noticed and grow in their careers. They learned how to create a narrative on social media that is tailored to a target audience by developing a robust newsfeed/timeline. Attendees also gained knowledge on the importance of one-of-a-kind content that will substantially boost their professional visibility and following." – Stephanie Cunnningham, founder, Museum Hue