I am Rain-Michelle Ifill, but you can call me Rain. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York in the late 1980s, migrated to the South to pursue undergraduate studies in African American history & culture, then returned to the place of my West Indian American upbringing a decade ago.
After studying Museum Education & Leadership in Community-based Learning at Bank Street College of Education in New York City, I moved to Baltimore, MD where I designed, facilitated, and managed the Museum Education department for Morgan State University’s Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum (LCJM). At the end of 2019, I left LCJM after celebrating the opening of a collections-inspired paper quilt exhibition developed by students across the city and dedicated to advancing an understanding of civic duty among the city’s children, teens, and young adults.
In the words of Lonnie G. Bunch, historian and founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “The impact, the interpretive resonance, and the clever (or so I hoped) visual juxtapositions [were] now for the public to discover.”
So, I moved to the close-knit town of Windsor upon joining the Windsor Historical Society (WHS) as Program Director and am falling in love with the village life and fascinating historical narratives found here. My job is to collaborate with Windsor’s vibrant teachers and community members to design and facilitate inclusive learning experiences for all ages, always keeping in mind that WHS is well placed to a serve as a resource and agent for societal transformation!