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Applications Open for The Networked Curator

Thursday, February 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lucy Lydon
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New York, February 23, 2017The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation is now accepting applications for The Networked Curator, a digital literacy workshop for curators co-presented with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM), George Mason University (GMU). Held August 6 – 8, 2017 for twelve curators, the program will engage participants in working, sharing and project planning online, digital research management, and digital storytelling and publishing. Through interactive sessions, attendees will gain an 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 publishing research online. Applications are open through March 23, 2017 12 PM ET.

Successful applicants will have access to a dedicated program website with curricula, readings and resources, as well as access to a program participant and alumni forum. Attendees will also be provided with a travel stipend, accommodation stipend, a per diem, as well as breakfast and lunch for each day of the program. The program aims to not only enable curators to better understand what is possible on the web and in digital environments, but also generate a community of curators to collaborate, share and connect over tools, advancements, and best practices in the digital sphere.

Three days of exercises and discussions will be crafted to help participants feel more comfortable testing and playing with different digital platforms and tools. Participants will be expected to review a collection of readings and digital projects related to the daily discussions in advance, and will participate in morning and afternoon sessions and discussions. A second workshop covering the same topics will be held at the Getty Center early in 2018.

Applications are open to all who qualify for AAMC membership, and are due to the AAMC Foundation no later than March 23, 2017, 12 PM ET. Application details may be viewed on AAMC’s website.



AAMC & AAMC Foundation
Founded in 2001, and now including over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe, we are a strong leader for curators in non-profit settings. The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) 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 non-profit role through programs, discussions, and opportunities open to the public and our members. By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage professional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators continues to grow, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community.  At the heart of all we do is our goal to celebrate, advance, and advocate for the non-profit curator.  Our Strategic Plan’s key facets are diversity and advocacy, which now have devoted Task Forces within our organization, with the goals of furthering opportunities for all curators through creating inclusive programming, seeking to define and expand the definition of curator, promoting the curatorial role within our communities, and supporting the highest standards of curatorial ethics and professional behavior.  


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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