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Founded in 2013, AAMC Foundation’s Mentorship Program gives early-mid career curators (Mentees) opportunities to share ideas and develop strong bonds with peers and a working relationship with a senior member of the field (Mentors). Based on analysis and feedback, we redeveloped the program into a six-month intensive in 2019. 
The program’s goal is to advance professional development skills, experience and knowledge needed to succeed in a curatorial career, not specifically develop a singular curatorial project. Such areas of advancement could include relationship-building, research, management, leadership development, exhibition planning, technology, cross-border exhibitions, loans, fundraising, marketing, dealer and donor relationships, and other such areas. Up to 10 Mentees are selected through a competitive application process for a career development experience.
The Program runs November 2019 through May 2020 and incorporates three main pillars: 
  1. A three-day intensive residency hosted in New York City from November 19-21, 2019 will serve as the foundation for the Mentee cohort experience and utilizes the New York’s arts community as the catalyst for learning and development;
  2. Onsite visit at Mentor’s organization for two to three days establishing one on one connections for learning; and
  3. Attendance at AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s Annual Conference & Meeting, May 2-5, 2020 in Seattle, Washington for further expansion of the Mentee’s network. 

In addition the Mentees will conduct introductory video recordings and a virtual meeting at the conclusion of the program. All Mentees are provided funding to accommodate their attendance at these events, in addition to networking, and other benefits, which are outlined in greater detail by following the appropriate links below.



Applications for the AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program are accepted through our online portal, which will be accessible through a link posted on this page. 

The online application portal opens on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 and closes at 12pm ET on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. An incomplete or late submission will result in the application not being reviewed. There are no exceptions.



  • All applicants must be art curators at international nonprofit organizations, with direct responsibility for works of art. In addition, independent curators and others that work a minimum of 50% of the time for/with nonprofit organizations will be considered.
  • All applicants must be able to commit to participating in a six-month Program at the time of application, including the all deadlines (non-negotiable), timelines, and travel. A stipend is granted as part of this Program to accommodate the travel requirements.

This program is made possible through the generosity of Barbara Futter, Catherine Futter, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts,.
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 nonprofit organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders to facilitate collaboration among sectors to achieve common goals.
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