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Applications for the workshop at George Mason University's Arlington Campus are now closed. We look forward to being in touch with applicants regarding the status of their applications in late May. Further information regarding The Networked Curator second workshop, held in winter of 2018 at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, will be released in the summer of 2017. 

 
The Networked Curator is a three-day digital literacy workshop for curators organized by Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM), George Mason University (GMU). The workshop will engage 12 (maximum) art curators in the non-commercial sector working with or without direct or full-time museum affiliation, and representative of varying fields of study, stages of career, self-identifiers, and geographical location.
 
Attendees will gain expanded digital literacy and vocabulary, a better understanding of what is possible on the web and in digital environments, and increased knowledge of best practices for organizing, sharing, and publishing research online. Sessions on Working and Sharing Online, Digital Research Management, and Digital Storytelling and Publishing will empower attendees to participate actively in digital initiatives, encourage collaboration and content sharing, and allow them to connect better with the public in digital formats. Following the program, participants can continue to discuss ideas, challenges, and new approaches to digital engagement through a dedicated program forum on the AAMC & AAMC Foundation website. 
 
All program participants will be provided with a stipend covering travel and hotel accommodation, breakfast and lunch for each day of the program, and a per diem. 
 
The Networked Curator workshop will take place August 6 - 8, 2017 at George Mason University's Arlington campus. A second workshop will take place in winter 2018 at the Getty Center, Los Angeles.
 

 

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Increase digital literacy and vocabulary of art curators at all stages of their careers.
  • Enable curators to better understand what is possible on the web and in
    digital environments.
  • Empower curators to actively participate in digital initiatives at their institutions
    and beyond.
  • Encourage collaboration between curators and non-curatorial colleagues in content sharing and engaging the public digitally.
  • Offer best practices for organizing, sharing, and publishing research online and in digital formats.
  • Create a community of curators entering into the digital realm and connect them to other opportunities for learning.


 
PROGRAM COMPONENTS

  • Dedicated program website with access to curriculum, required and suggested readings and resources.
  • Dedicated online program forum for all participants.
  • Stipend for travel and accommodation.
  • Breakfast and lunch for each day of the program. 
  • Invitation to Program Reception upon conclusion of program.
  • Each participant must bring their own laptop, PC or Mac, with administrative privileges. Tablets are not a viable option.
  • All full three days must be attended to be a part of the program.


PROGRAM OUTLINE

  • Exercises and discussions will be crafted to help participants feel more comfortable testing and playing with different digital platforms and tools.
  • Participants will be expected to review a collection of readings and digital projects related to the daily discussions. Readings will be available for participants in advance of the workshop.
  • Each day will run from approximately 9 AM until 4 PM and will follow a consistent schedule pattern comprised of two morning blocks and two afternoon blocks, with a one-hour break at lunch, and a small closing reception the last day.

Day 1: Working and Sharing Online, Project Planning

  • Review the scope of digital art history and art museum projects and publications.
  • Identify and examine content and technical building blocks of different digital projects and their underlying structures.
  • Walk through stages of digital project planning, including scoping out goals, needs, audience research, and user experience design.

Day 2: Digital Research Management

  • Review principles of search and discovery and learn how structured metadata benefits use and access to collections through different interfaces.
  • Learn ways of organizing digital research with free tools, such as Zotero.
  • Format and use museum collections data sets for computational research to examine the benefits of open collections data.

Day 3: Digital Storytelling and Publishing

  • Craft digital stories using free online tools such as StoryMap, and content management systems like Omeka and Scalar.
  • Review new options for digital publishing and online scholarly catalogs.
  • Small closing reception. 
 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Please submit all application materials to AAMC Foundation in pdf format to programs@artcurators.org no later than March 30, 2017 12 PM ET. The email should be titled "Networked Curator - Your Name". Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted, nor will applications not in PDF format or with varying subject lines. Applicants will be notified about the result of their application in late May, 2017. 

In order to be considered for the program, please submit the following, in pdf format only:

  • The application, accessible here, titled "Last Name - Networked Curator Application"(pdf only)
  • Current C.V./Resume, saved as "Last Name - C.V." (pdf only, 3 pages maximum)
  • A letter of support titled "Last Name - Letter of Support" (pdf only). If affiliated with an institution, your letter of support must be from your institution's Director or Chief Curator. If not affiliated with an institution, your letter of support must from a colleague. 

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Funding for this program has been generously provided by the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. 

  

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