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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 
 
  • Upon the start of program, each pairing must submit to the Committee a set of goals 
  • A minimum of one SKYPE or call a month between mentor and mentee
  • Additional regular communications between mentor/mentee via email, phone, or SKYPE
  • Report quarterly to the Career Support Committee
  • A willingness to accept constructive advice from mentor, mentee, and/or Career Support Committee
  • A desire to support and promote the role of the curator through a sincere dedication of time, interest, and enthusiasm 
  • Upon completion of the program, both mentor and mentee must submit a short write-up of their experience, and participate in a survey
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 outlet (the mentor) with whom to share ideas, concerns, and goals
  • Ability to access the Career Support Committee for additional impartial support
  • Dedicated webinar on career development for the mentees
  • Conference calls/SKYPE sessions with designated AAMC Committee member for quarterly report 
Program Benefits for Mentors
  • Stipend for Mentoring
  • 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 outlet (the mentee) with whom to share career advice and constructive, professional criticism
  • Ability to access the Career Support Committee for additional impartial support
  • Conference calls/SKYPE sessions with designated AAMC Committee member for quarterly report 


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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