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AAMC Foundation Opens Applications for 2017 Mentorship Program

Wednesday, November 30, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lucy Lydon
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Applications for 2017 AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program Opened

New York, December 8, 2016 - The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation has opened mentor and mentee applications for its 2017 Mentorship Program. The Program is available to curators that work directly with, collaborate with, or oversee contemporary art, architecture, design or decorative arts within the purview of curatorial work and expertise.

Supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the AAMC President's Circle, the Program helps to fulfill a key aspect of AAMC & AAMC Foundation's mission to provide avenues for professional support and advancement to curators at all stages of their careers. Launched in 2012, the Program has supported over twenty mentoring pairs across the country, from all scales of institutions, areas of expertise, and field of focus. Applications for the 2017 class of mentors and mentees are due to AAMC no later than January 18, 2017, and more information about the application may be found on AAMC's website here

The twelve-month Program pairs established curators with emerging curators based on a range of criteria, including field and discipline focus, professional interests, institutional background and stated advancement goals. Elements of the program include an appointed liaison from AAMC's Career Support Committee, Program-specific webinars for both mentors and mentees, travel funding towards in-person meetings, an annual Alumni Reception held during AAMC & AAMC Foundation's Annual Conference & Meeting, access to a Program alumni chat room, and more. By providing both a structured platform for developing goals and benchmarks for advancement, and through encouraging a close rapport with their pairing, the Program provides the basis for lasting professional relationships and individual growth. 


About AAMC & AAMC Foundation Programming

AAMC & AAMC Foundation provides several other programs and grants to its members in order to support their professional development and advancement and to further strengthen the curatorial field at large. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome provides essential funding to curators whose work requires research in Italy. Now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship through January 9th, 2017, the Program honors exceptional curatorial vision, and has aided in the realization of projects essential to the furthering of curatorial discourse in a wide range of disciplines. 

The AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators, launched in December of 2016 with major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, pairs US Liaisons with an International Awardee who seek advice and guidance from a US based colleague on a project exploring historic American Art. The initiative aims to foster and strengthen the relationships between international colleagues, and to give primacy to an international curatorial dialogue. 

To learn more about AAMC's Grant Programs, such as its Awards for Excellence, Travel Grant Program and more, visit For further information, please contact 

About AAMC & AAMC Foundation 

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe.  The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators is to support and promote the work of visual art curators in the non-profit sector by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement.  In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator's role in art museums & other non-profit models through professional development programs, awards, and grants.  By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage professional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators continues to attract membership, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community. 

AAMC & AAMC Foundation are the only organizations offering professional development and career navigation to the non-profit curatorial profession, and we do so on a global platform.  We achieve this by offering valuable programming, including providing standards for best curatorial practices and ethics; advocating for the profession; convening and creating effective networks; initiating diversity efforts; and mentoring and inspiring future curators—across all borders.  In order to meet our expansive goals, the organizations are working to strengthen alliances, expand funding, and grow services for our members.   All of the activities of AAMC & AAMC Foundation strive to be inclusive and representative of diversity: across self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race), fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, and regional position. 

Individual membership within AAMC is open to art curators, regardless of geographic location, as we accept international members, with direct responsibility for works of art at non-profit organization. Membership is open to curators working in any field and with all levels of experience, In addition, art curators without direct non-profit art organization affiliation, not working in the commercial sector, are welcome to apply for membership, and should see our membership application for additional information needed for review by the membership committee and AAMC Executive Director.


The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) is a family foundation established in 1986 by Emily Hall Tremaine.  Based in Connecticut, the Foundation seeks to promote innovative solutions to basic and enduring problems in the United States through grantmaking programs related to art, environment, and learning disabilities.  In addition to annual grantmaking, the Foundation also hosts periodic convening of non-profit organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders to facilitate collaboration among sectors to achieve common goals. 


This program is generously supported in part by funding provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) and the AAMC President's Circle. 



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