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AAMC Foundation's New Networked Curator Program Connects Art Curators with Digital Training

Wednesday, January 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation Announces New Digital Initiative

New York, January 11, 2017 – The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM), George Mason University (GMU) are pleased to announce the launch of “The Networked Curator”. Two three-day long intensive workshops are scheduled for George Mason University in summer 2017 and Getty Center in winter 2018.  The overall program goal is to reach a total of 24 - 30 art curators in the non-commercial sector working with or without direct or full-time museum affiliation, and representative of varying fields of study, stages of career, self-identifiers, and geographical location.

As part of the AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s mission to further the professional development of art curators, the program advances their robust offerings by exploring the ever-important digital realm within art organizations worldwide.  “In our work to celebrate, advance, and advocate for the art curatorial profession, it is of the utmost importance that we promote and support collaboration,” said Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation. “With this program we look to create new experiences, avenues of research, and partnerships for curators.”

To encourage curatorial participation in digital projects, attendees will gain expanded digital literacy and vocabulary, a better understanding of what is possible on the web and in digital environments, and increased knowledge of best practices for organizing, sharing, and publishing research online.  Sessions on Working and Sharing Online, Project Planning, Digital Research Management, and Digital Storytelling and Publishing, and more will empower attendees to participate actively in digital initiatives, encourage collaboration and content sharing, and connect better with the public in digital formats.  “The Kress Foundation and the Getty Foundation are to be thanked for supporting this innovative outreach to AAMC members,” said Helen C. Evans, President, AAMC & AAMC Foundation.  

“For the past several years, the Getty Foundation has supported training programs for art historians to introduce them to digital tools that can advance their research, including at George Mason University," said Deborah Marrow, Director, the Getty Foundation. “We know from our other grant initiatives such as OSCI (the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative) how important it is for museum curators to be able to participate in these programs. Therefore, we are delighted to partner with the Kress Foundation in supporting this new workshop organized by the AAMC Foundation."

In a statement shared with AAMC Foundation, The Kress Foundation commented that they are proud to be partnering with the Getty Foundation and with the AAMC Foundation and RRCHNM in fostering this innovative new professional development opportunity, and “The Networked Curator” promises to transform the digital landscape of art museums.

The Networked Curator is part of a long tradition at RRCHNM to design hands-on training experiences for professionals who are experts in their fields and digital novices. “We are pleased to be working again with the Getty and Kress Foundations, as part of their ongoing efforts to support digital training in the field, and are grateful for this new program with the AAMC Foundation,” said Sheila A. Brennan, Director of Strategic Initiatives at RRCHNM. 

To expand the reach of the program’s mission, together AAMC and RRCHNM will share the initiative’s success with a non-curatorial specific audience through panels and open platform discussions with the goal of encouraging further collaboration between curators, technologists, and educators on digital initiatives within art organizations.  The organizations look forward to announcing an application process and holding the first workshop.

For more information regarding the program, please contact Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation, at






Funding for this program has been generously provided by the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. 


Institutional Profiles 

Association of Art Museum Curators (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.  


Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media 

Founded in 1994, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media is one of the most experienced digital humanities centers in the world. It has over twenty years of experience preparing scholars from a wide range of specialties and at a variety of career stages to do digital humanities. Since 2010, RRCHNM has led eight separate intensive summer institutes sponsored by the Getty Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities-Office of Digital Humanities, and individual academic history departments. This extensive experience incorporating a hands-on approach to teaching digital humanities, with project development and digital skills, led the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to ask for our assistance in producing the WebWise conferences from 2012- 2014 as lead cooperators.

The faculty and staff at the Center have created and collaborated on dozens of free digital projects used by over 34 million users in 2015, and they develop and maintain open-source software, including Zotero and Omeka. RRCHNM has earned major funding and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Education, Library of Congress, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Science Foundation, National Historic Publications and Records Commission, Google, and the Mellon, Sloan, Getty, Kress, Hewlett, Rockefeller, Delmas, and Kellogg foundations.


The Getty Foundation

 The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, it strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.


Samuel H. Kress Foundation

The mission of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (est. 1929) is to sustain and carry out the original vision of founder, Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955). The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.


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