Abram serves as Vice President of the Laurel Historical Society, a local history organization and supervisory body of the Laurel Museum, located in Laurel, MD. He began serving in that position in July 2012, after previously serving a two-year term as an at-large member of the Board of Directors. Abram has been involved with the Laurel Museum since 2009 as a docent and later chair of the public programming subcommittee for audiences in their 20s-40s. During his time as a board member Abram took on responsibility for museum events programming, and his efforts include Fine Wine Fridays in partnership with Snow Hill Manor, a Historic Haunt bus tour with Montpelier Arts Center, Montpelier Mansion, and Snow Hill Manor, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon with Wikimedia DC, and Lost Laurel Trivia at Nuzback’s Bar and the Tastee Diner in Laurel.
Abram is a co-founder and Vice-President of the Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates the Leap Towards A Cure charity ice hockey tournament and community festival to raise money for cancer research, treatment, and education. Currently all proceeds from the tournament go towards the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Leap Towards A Cure honors the memory of Andrea “Froggy” Henderson, who taught art at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD for 30 years, and sponsored the school’s ice hockey team for a decade. Froggy passed away in April 2010 from complications from breast cancer, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, friendship, and love toward her students. The inaugural Leap Towards A Cure tournament took place on August 6 and 7, 2010 at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD, and raised $7,100.21 for the Kimmel Center (Froggy had her own jersey with #21 on the back, and the 21 cents at the end of each donation honors her). In five years the Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund has raised just under $100,000 in the fight against all forms of cancer.
Since 2013 Abram has worked as a docent for Context Travel, a network of scholars who lead in-depth walking seminars for travelers across the globe. Abram leads group and family seminars at the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery, and the National Mall. At the moment he is in discussion to develop a seminar for the Arlington National Cemetery. He has also volunteered as a docent at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for The Art of Video Games in 2013, and in 2005-06 served as an intern in the Education Department of the National Portrait Gallery.
In January 2014 Abram participated in the second annual Art Bytes hackathon at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, where his team’s project, a twitter bot called WaltersBot, won first prize (and accompanying cash reward) in the Engagement category.
As a scholar, Abram has presented at numerous conferences and published in multiple venues. Most recently, he co-presented a paper with a former graduate school colleague on using VTS in college classrooms at the Lilly International Spring Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning and recently submitted a revised manuscript of a co-written essay for the upcoming anthology Son of Classics and Comics (Oxford University Press, scheduled 2015). He is currently working on an article manuscript solicited by the International Journal of Comic Art, as well as a research project with colleague Matthew Lincoln using the Getty Provenance Index to explore the history of art auctions in London.
Abram is also a contributor to Smarthistory at Khan Academy, where he has authored several essays on works related to his academic specialty, 18th and early 19th century British art.