I am committed to mentoring young people from diverse backgrounds to help build their careers.
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 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 art writing workshops.
"Robin Cembalest curated a gallery walk for my high school students. None of our students had ever been to an art gallery before. She made them feel welcomed, creating an atmosphere that was both engaging and relatable. Students were able to see themselves in art and understand the motivations behind artists' work. At every gallery, gallery staff members greeted us and explained the artwork to our students. Through this experience, our students gained knowledge that they previously did not have and learned that they, too, can be a part of the art community."
— Tara Daniels, Teacher, St. Joseph High School
"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, Co-founder, Museum Hue
I'm available to collaborate with institutions and organizations to offer professional training to students and emerging art professionals.