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AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators


The AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators, made possible with major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, is a two-year Program for three non-US based curators and three US Liaisons working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historic American Art (c. 1500-1980), including painting; sculpture; works on paper, including prints, drawing and photography; decorative arts; and excluding architecture; design; and performance. The Program offers numerous benefits for Awardees, including travel funding.

Through fostering international relationships between curators, the Program aims to not  only provide opportunities for professional development and exchange, but also to expand and strengthen the international curatorial community and give primacy to the curatorial voice in the international dialogue between museum professionals.The Program will be an active part of building international partnerships, leading cross-border conversations, and spearheading international representation within AAMC’s membership & AAMC Foundation’s efforts.


PROGRAM GOALS

  • Form new international relationships and partnerships through the interaction of each International Awardee with their US Liaison and the larger AAMC community of members & supporters
  • Provide opportunities for International Awardee to engage with US museum networks and professional development opportunities through AAMC membership benefits, including travel funding to the AAMC Annual Conference; Program-specific webinars and access to past AAMC webinars; AAMC Committee or Task Force participation; an Annual Alumni reception; visit to US Liaison’s institution, and more
  • Foster awareness of the concerns and needs of curators working outside the US within AAMC’s membership and within the AAMC Foundation programming
  • Establish a long lasting relationship between AAMC, AAMC Foundation, the International Awardees, and community of international scholars
  • Bring an international voice to AAMC’s leadership through engagement with the organization’s donor groups and involvement on an AAMC Committee 

 

PROGRAM COMPONENTSUS LIAISON

  • US Liaison Pairing: Year one of Program: December 2016 – December 2017
    US Liaison is paired with an International Awardee for one year, during which time US Liaison will:
    • Commit to an ongoing discussion on the area sought by the International Awardee, and offer insight into the International Awardee’s desired focus of advancement, including but not exclusive to scholarly curatorial research, leadership development, cross-border exhibitions, loan development, US fundraising models, marketing initiatives, relationships with US galleries, and so on.
    • Speak regularly with the International Awardee, give advice in a confidential setting, and be an active participant in achieving a positive outcome.
    • Host International Awardee at their institution within the first 12 months of the Program, so that the International Awardee can meet the US Liaison, and his/her colleagues and collaborate in person together. This visit is not expected to last more than 5 business days. 
    • Complimentary Registration for AAMC's Annual Conference: May 2018
    • Complimentary One-Year AAMC Membership
    • Program-Specific Webinar US
      Liaisons will lead one Program-specific webinar for the class of International Awardees during their one-year commitment. 
    • Participation Stipend 
      US Liaisons receive a stipend of $500 for the commitment to and participation 
      in the Program.

PROGRAM COMPONENTSINTERNATIONAL AWARDEE

  • US Liaison Pairing: Year one of Program: December 2016 – December 2017
    International Awardee is paired with a US Liaison for one year, during which time US Liaison will:
    • Commit to an ongoing discussion on the area sought by the International Awardee, and offer insight into the International Awardee’s desired focus of advancement, including but not exclusive to scholarly curatorial research, leadership development, cross-border exhibitions, loan development, US fundraising models, marketing initiatives, relationships with US galleries, and so on.
    • Speak regularly with the International Awardee, give advice in a confidential setting, and be an active participant in achieving a positive outcome.
    • Host International Awardee at their institution within the first 12 months of the Program, so that the International Awardee can meet the US Liaison, and his/her colleagues and collaborate in person together. This visit is not expected to last more than 5 business days. International Awardee will receive a $2,500 travel stipend to fund travel expenses. 
  • Travel Funding and Complimentary Registration for AAMC's Annual
    Conference: May 2018

    A $1,300 travel stipend is provided to each International Awardee to travel to the Conference, and registration costs and other fees will be waived.

  • Session or Webinar Presentation by Program Participants: December 2018
    At the end of the Program, the three
    International Awardees will develop a webinar for the full AAMC membership, to discuss either their findings or lessons from the Program, discuss a project they are developing, or another pertinent topic.

  • AAMC Committee or Task Force Participation: Beginning in June 2017
    AAMC’s committees and task forces, nine in total, are all volunteer groups of curators working to support the organization. Participation in one of these groups brings the International Awardee into deeper discussions and relationships, but also benefits AAMC in adding another view from outside the US into our high-level discussions and Program development and oversight.

  • Annual Reception: May 2018
    Bringing together Program participants through an alumni reception is an important part of continuing to layer opportunities for discussions, collaborations and support.

  • Curator’s Circle Recognition for Duration of Program
    Our Circle levels are our most dedicated supporters and reach beyond our membership base with donors outside the curatorial realm. Engagement with this group offers the International Awardee access to these art community leaders. 

  • Virtual Chat Room
    A Google chat or other online group communication will be established between the International Awardees. Each ‘class’ of awardees and alumni will have access to the room for ongoing discussions.

APPLICATIONS 
AAMC is seeking applications for US Liaisons and International Awardees for the Program’s inaugural term. Please note that all applications are due by October 15, 2016. Please view full Program Components and details through the application links below. 


 
US LIAISON 
INFORMATION & APPLICATION

INTERNATIONAL AWARDEE
INFORMATION & APPLICATION

 

 


  



This Program is made possible through major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. 

 

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential to both distinguish cultures and to unite them.

 

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