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Join us in Connecticut for "In-Conversation: Role of Art Organizations"

Thursday, October 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Monica Valenzuela
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New York, October 4, 2018 – The Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation is pleased to open registration for the eighth installment in its regional programming series, In-Conversation: Role of Art Organizations. Slated for Tuesday, November 13 at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, this discussion will feature leading voices in Connecticut's cultural community for an active conversation on what role art organizations currently have and should seek to have within society, as well as acknowledging our responsibility to our communities.

With changing audience demographics, funding challenges, declining member numbers, shifting donor motivations, increasing online engagement, and differing visitor expectations, including a growing preference for experiences over objects, organizations are reassessing how they can best serve and be relevant to their communities. Together, this event will take into consideration ideas around promoting and interpreting our collections and exhibitions in accessible ways, preserving our works and honoring our histories, providing meaningful educational opportunities, and connecting with the public. In addition, we will explore new models of engagement, including hosting a wide array of community programs as opposed to only presenting our own orchestrated offerings, working to become a vibrant, cultural gathering place, and serving as a facilitator of dialogue around socio-political issues.

Moderated by Michelle Hargrave, Deputy Director, New Britain Museum of American Art, this discussion will feature Maria Falvo, President & CEO, American Savings Foundation; Cybele Maylone, Executive Director, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Frank Mitchell, Executive Director, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture; Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, Curator of Education and Academic Outreach, Yale Center for British Art; and Elizabeth Shapiro, Interim Director of Culture Director of Operations, Preservation and Museums, Connecticut State Department of Economic & Community Development, Offices of Culture and Tourism.

This In-Conversation is hosted generously by the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, and will take place in the Lecture Hall at the Yale Center for British Art on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm, and will be followed by a short reception from 8:00pm - 8:30pm.

Organized by the AAMC Foundation, this event is free and open to AAMC members, guests, and students. Space is limited so pre-registration is required, please register to reserve your seat:


 About the In-Conversation programs

AAMC Foundation's regional programming series, In-Conversation, looks at important issues facing our museum and art organization community through a curatorial lens. The program is in an open discussion format fostering an active dialogue amongst the participants and attendees.  In hosting these programs in regional locations, the AAMC Foundation is advancing connections across those working and engaging in local arts communities and institutions. 

The series is organized and supported by the AAMC Foundation. The open discussion format welcomes AAMC leadership, non-profit leaders, and voices from local communities to have an engaging dialogue on a focused subject. Following the discussion, AAMC welcomes the audience and speakers to continue the conversation at a brief reception. Past events have included: Multiple Voices to Build Inclusion, held in Seattle; Behind the Career Curtain, held in Chicago; Spark: Igniting Curiosity, the Curator's Impact, held in Toronto; Art and Social Justice, held in Los Angeles; Addressing Implicit Bias in Museums, held in Washington, D.C.; Preventing Looting: What Curators & All Museum Staff Can Do held in NYC; and Museum Directors on the Curatorial Role, held in Boston.

For more information visit, the AAMC website.


 AAMC & AAMC Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) today has over 1,300 members from over 500 institutions around the globe.  AAMC & AAMC Foundation celebrate the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement.  In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, AAMC is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type.  We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession.  For more information, visit

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