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AAMC Foundation Announces Major Support for Key Initiatives

Wednesday, October 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Catherine Futter and Barbara Futter give $150,000 to support Mentorship Program marking largest individual gift in AAMC Foundation history


The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation doubles its past support with a $100,000 gift towards Mentorship Program


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards $80,000 to develop expanded digital handbook of professional practices for curators 


October 24, 2018, NEW YORK, NY -- The Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation announces major support for two key initiatives that serve the organization’s mission to advance and advocate for the curatorial field.

As the leading organization for all art curators, the Foundation has received $80,000 of support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to produce a Professional Practices for Art Curators in Non-Profits handbook. The project expands upon the AAMC Foundation’s 2007 edition of its ethics and code of conduct guide with new sections on topics including digital technology, inclusion and access, art and social activism, and public engagement. Expected to be completed in late 2019, this online publication will be made freely available online and disseminated globally, ensuring the widest possible reach of this important resource.

The AAMC Foundation additionally received a gift of $150,000 over three years from Catherine Futter and Barbara Futter and a gift of $100,000 over two years from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation to support the launch of its revised and expanded Mentorship Program. The Futters' combined individual support marks a historic moment for AAMC Foundation as it is the largest individual gift ever made to the organization, and the Tremaine gift doubles its previous support with this funding.

AAMC Foundation’s Mentorship Program supports early-career curators by matching them with senior curators and offers opportunities to exchange ideas and develop bonds with peers. New to the six-month program, which will launch in early 2019, will be an intensive three-day mentee residency in New York City, with conversations focused on finance and fundraising; inclusion, access and social justice; and collaboration and promotion. Each mentee will also receive funding to connect in person with a mentor, shadowing them at their organization over several days, and to travel to AAMC’s annual conference. The Mentorship Program will support a cohort of 10-12 mentees each year for two years.

“As the field continues to evolve, the AAMC Foundation is advancing new programs and initiatives that nurture the voices of the next generation of curators and foster the values of inclusion, access, and collaboration across the profession,” noted Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation. “We are immensely grateful for the generous support of Catherine Futter, Barbara Futter, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in helping the Foundation move these two key programs forward.”

“Throughout our careers, Barbara and I benefited greatly from the professional guidance and support of colleagues and advisors. We know firsthand how mentorship can have a lasting and important impact on an individual’s career trajectory, and we are thrilled to be able to help emerging curators develop strong foundations for the future through our support of this vital AAMC Foundation initiative,” noted Catherine Futter, who serves on the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board of Trustees and is the Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The recently secured funding, of which AAMC Foundation is appreciative, is a reflection on the range of efforts and influence AAMC Foundation is committed to providing and the enthusiasm from the private and foundation sector for its work. For more information on AAMC Foundation’s work and supporters, please visit


Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) today has over 1,300 members from over 500+ institutions around the globe. Together the 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, the AAMC Foundation is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type. It ensures that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession.  


Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, 212/879-5701,



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