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2017 Travel Grant Fellowship Applications Opened

Thursday, March 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lucy Lydon
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New York, March 9, 2017 – AAMC Foundation has opened applications for its 2017 Travel Grant Fellowships, supporting travel to AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s Annual Conference & Meeting, May 6-9, in New York City. This year, the Foundation is welcoming applications for Fellowships in American Art, open to curators who work in American Art pre-1950 at the Associate Curator level and above and who are directly affiliated with an institution, and Fellowships for Junior Curators, open to junior curators with less than ten years of experience. Both Fellowships provide funding towards travel, accommodation, and registration for the Conference & Annual Meeting, allowing curators access to a unique opportunity for networking and professional development. Applications are accessible through the AAMC website, and are due no later than March 22, 2017, 12 PM ET.

The AAMC Foundation is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation for their generous support to our Curatorial Fellowships for Travel to the 2016 AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference and Meeting.

Since 2010 alone, over 160 Travel Fellowships have been awarded to AAMC members, allowing them to attend the largest annual gathering of AAMC members from around the world. The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation 2017 Annual Conference & Meeting is a robust program that furthers AAMC’s efforts by addressing topics of inclusion and access throughout its schedule. Nearly 400 curators will come together to explore ways of creating inclusiveness and community through engagement with each other, the roster of speakers, and the sites visited.  In a new, more conversational format, content-based activities will embracing shared learning through concurrent sessions and dialogues. To encourage an interchange between the speakers and the attendees, the Conference & Meeting will host community colloquiums, rather than sessions driven by a lecture format. This interactive process will produce innovative concept building among those present.

The content of the program encourages systematic change as keynotes and sessions will delve into new ways of looking, thinking, and working. The sessions include: Access, Ableism and Dis/ability in Curatorial Practice; Navigating the Work-Life BalanceFrom “Reimagining Feminism” to “Reimagining the Museum”: Curatorial Strategies for Revising and Renewing Institutional HistoriesStart Where You Are: Acknowledge Implicit Bias as a First Step toward More Diverse and Inclusive Museum Initiatives; and Collections as Assets for Inclusive Dialogue

Going beyond content, AAMC also seeks to broaden the curatorial view of how organizations can collaborate with communities, embrace new projects and buildings as vehicles for change, and re-imagine historical sites and collections as public resources. For its NYC edition, AAMC is maintaining a strong policy of inclusion by working with organizations for site visits, tours, and hosts that will bring our members outside their normal circuit.  

On Saturday and Sunday, tours and discussions will be held at local venues. AAMC is proud to include on our tours: The Laundromat Project’s Kelly Street Collaborative; Morris-Jumel Mansion; Museum of Chinese in America; Museum of the City of New York; Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden; the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library; The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum; Socrates Sculpture Park & Mark di Suvero Studio; The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem program; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Restored and new buildings, such as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the International Center of Photography at the ICP Museum will host special events to encourage curators to think innovatively. Main sessions needing large auditoriums will occur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Brooklyn Museum with special emphasis on how such major institutions are encouraging community engagement and access.


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.  


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