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National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grant to AAMC Foundation Supporting Mentorship Program

Wednesday, May 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Foundation’s Mentorship Program Advances Peer Learning in Curatorial Field
and Supports Next Generation of Leaders in the Arts

 Mentorship Applications Now Open through June 25, 2019

May 15, 2019, NEW YORK, NY -- The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation has received its first-ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of its Mentorship Program. The program offers early to mid career level curators with opportunities to expand their professional development, knowledge, and network, and a connection to an allied senior level mentor.  The $35,000 grant from the NEA builds upon two major previously announced gifts supporting the initiative, including $150,000 from Catherine Futter and Barbara Futter and $100,000 from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.  

 Applications for the Mentorship Program are open through June 25, 2019, and are available here. A group of curator jurors will select ten mentees for 2019-20 program, with mentees and mentors announced this July.  The program has three pillar components for which mentee’s will receive funding to attend. These are an immersive multi-day residency program in New York City; an onsite visit to a mentor’s organization; and attendance at the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference.

 Thanks to the leadership funding of the NEA, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and individual gifts from Catherine and Barbara Futter, we are able to grow and expand the opportunities offered by our Mentorship Program, which is now entering its sixth year,” said Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation. “Their support of the program is not only meaningful and inspiring for our organization, but reflects the value of our mission at its core: recognition and support for art curators, growth in their engagement within our communities, and advancement of the future of the field.

 The 2019 program launches this fall with the mentees conducting introductory video recordings that are shared with the cohort, mentors, and residency presenters.  Then, as the foundation for the mentee cohort experience, a three-day intensive residency in New York City will be held from November 19 through 21, 2019. Guest speakers from key sectors of the NYC arts community will lead the mentees through a focused curriculum, which will include topics of finance and fundraising; inclusion, access and social justice; and collaboration and promotion. Post November, the mentees will schedule a visit with their mentors at their institution to work together in person on the mentee’s development goals, as well as meet other colleagues within the mentor’s institution and community. In May 2020, the mentees will attend the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, to reconnect with their cohort and meet the nearly 400 curators in attendance from around the globe. The program concludes with a virtual meeting of the cohort, with each mentee presenting how the program impacted their goals and development. The introduction and conclusion aspects of the program add a digital learning and sharing experience for the mentees.

 Applications for the program close on June 25. To apply, or 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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