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Mentorship Program


The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Mentorship Program, launched in September 2012, reinforces AAMC’s mission to foster the professional development of curators at all levels. Each year, approximately five to eight sets of established, senior curators (mentors) and emerging to mid-career curators (mentees) embark on the 12-month program. 

Program Testimonials

"Thanks to the AAMC mentorship program, I was able to gain a fresh perspective on my professional goals and expectations. My mentor was forthright, perceptive, and very helpful in guiding me through a difficult decision process, and she provided a broader view of the curatorial profession that encouraged me to take stronger control of my occupational future."

"The AAMC Mentorship is a rare and invaluable resource and opportunity. .. it was refreshing to connect with a professional who is an avowed and consummate curator who is knowledgeable about the field and who provided insights, frank assessments, and tools for success and trajectory." 


Program Webinars

Specific webinars are hosted for both mentees and mentors.  For more information, please visit the webinar page for the program by clicking here.


Program Requirements 
 

  • Applications are accepted from curators working directly, collaborating with, or overseeing contemporary art, architecture, design or decorative arts
  • Each mentor and mentee are required to submit Year-Long Program Goals, perform quarterly check-ins with Program Liaisons, submit a Final Program report, and participate in a final Program survey
  • Pairs hold a minimum of one SKYPE or call a month to review progress and consult on Program Goals, with additional regular communications between mentor/mentee via email, phone, or SKYPE to occur regularly throughout the program
  • Mentors and mentees commit to using awarded travel stipend to conduct in-person meetings at the mentor and mentees institutions during the Program 
  • Participants must have a willingness to accept constructive advice from mentor, mentee, and/or Career Support Committee
  • Participants must have a desire to support and promote the role of the curator through a sincere dedication of time, interest, and enthusiasm 
  • Participants are required to attend AAMC & AAMC Foundation's Annual Conference & Meeting

Program Benefits for Mentees

  • Travel stipend to meet at mentor’s and/or mentee’s institution 
  • Thoughtful and considered vetting process to enable the best possible pairings 
  • Private and confidential guidance from your mentor, with whom you share ideas, concerns, and goals
  • Dedicated Program Liaison from AAMC's Career Support Committee
  • Ability to access the Career Support Committee for additional impartial support
  • Dedicated webinars on career development
  • Annual Program Alumni Reception during AAMC & AAMC Foundation's Annual Conference & Meeting

 

Program Benefits for Mentors
  • Participation stipend
  • Travel stipend to meet at mentor’s and/or mentee’s institution 
  • Thoughtful and considered vetting process to enable the best possible pairings 
  • Private and confidential professional relationship with mentee, with whom you share career advice and constructive, professional guidance
  •  Dedicated Program Liaison from AAMC's Career Support Committee
  • Ability to access the Career Support Committee for additional impartial support
  • Dedicated webinars on career development
  • Annual Program Alumni Reception during AAMC & AAMC Foundation's Annual Conference & Meeting


This program is generously supported in part by funding provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) and the AAMC President's Circle. 



The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) is a family foundation established in 1986 by Emily Hall Tremaine.  Based in Connecticut, the Foundation seeks to promote innovative solutions to basic and enduring problems in the United States through grantmaking programs related to art, environment, and learning disabilities.  In addition to annual grantmaking, the Foundation also hosts periodic convening of non-profit organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders to facilitate collaboration among sectors to achieve common goals. 

 

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