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Applications Open for Foundation 2020-2021 Mentorship Program

Tuesday, June 30, 2020  
Posted by: Casey Collier
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Applications Open for Foundation 2020-2021 Mentorship Program

 Foundation’s Mentorship Program Advances Peer Learning in Curatorial Field and Supports Next Generation of Leaders in the Arts

 Mentorship Applications Now Open through July 14, 2020


June 30, 2020, NEW YORK, NY -- The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation is proud to announce its call for applications for the 2020-2021 Mentorship Program, due July 14, 2020 and are available here. The program is made possible through the generosity of Barbara Futter, Catherine Futter, and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Eligible candidates for this program are early- to mid-career curators, with at least three to five years of direct working curatorial experience in the field, excluding internships. A jury of curator peers select the ten mentees for this next cycle of the program from a competitive application process, with mentee and mentor pairings announced this fall.

The program has three pillar components for which mentees will receive funding to attend, with a thoughtful consideration of the uncertainties of travel, given implications surrounding the evolving pandemic. These include an immersive Virtual Learning Residency creating a peer to peer cohort held online; digital engagement with a Mentor establishing one on one connections for feedback and guidance; and attendance at the AAMC’s annual conference furthering expansion of the Mentee’s network.

The program launches this fall with the mentees conducting introductory video recordings that are shared with the cohort, mentors, and residency stakeholders.  Then, as the foundation for the mentee cohort experience, they will participate in an intensive virtual residency featuring a combination of live and recorded content in November. Guest speakers will lead Mentees through a focused curriculum covering finance and fundraising; inclusion, access and social justice; and collaboration and promotion. In addition, one event in February 2021 will provide additional opportunities for networking and learning. Following the residency, the mentees will engage with their mentor through video meetings to advance the goals and overall career development. In May 2020, the mentees will attend the Art Curators Conference, which is slated to be held in NYC, to reconnect with their cohort and meet the nearly 400 curators in attendance from around the globe. This component may shift to an online format. 

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 July 14. 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) Foundation advances the curatorial field through forward-looking leadership in development and educational opportunities. With a network spanning the globe, we are an ambassador and advocate for all art curators and the leading champion of their significant contributions. We seek to deepen appreciation of curators’ vital role in the advancement and understanding of the history, meaning and purpose of the visual arts. AAMC Foundation offers opportunities for learning and connecting at every stage of a curator’s career by providing a platform for the exchange of a broad range of information on critical issues driving the field, including diversity and inclusion, digital innovation, artistic voices and histories, and marketing and audience engagement. With programming serving over 1300 curators, professional colleagues, and the public annually, our outreach reflects diverse perspectives within the field, often examining strategic directions of curatorial practice and art organization management. All of our efforts are focused on being inclusive of self-identifiers (by nation, gender, creed, race), fields of expertise, types of organizations, and geographical location. Wherever possible, programs are filmed and documented to ensure longtime access. As the field continues to evolve, the AAMC Foundation is at the forefront of nurturing and shaping the voice and leadership of the next generation of curators while continuing to foster the values of inclusion, access, and collaboration across the profession. 



Judith Pineiro, Executive Director,

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