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Founded in 2013, AAMC Foundation’s Mentorship Program gives early- to mid- career curators (Mentees) opportunities to advance their professional development, learn about important issues in the field, share ideas and cultivate strong bonds with peers, and develop a working relationship with a senior curator (Mentors). Up to 10 Mentees with a required minimum of at least 3-5 years of curatorial experience in the field will be selected through a competitive application process for a career advancement experience.  The program’s goal is to advance the skills, experience and knowledge needed to succeed in a curatorial career, not specifically develop a singular curatorial or scholarly project.

The 2020-2021 program launches this fall with the mentees conducting introductory video recordings that are shared with the cohort, mentors, and residency stakeholders.  Then, as the foundation for the mentee cohort experience, they will participate in an intensive virtual residency featuring a combination of live and recorded content in November. At the time of application, Mentees must commit to reviewing pre-recorded sessions and attending live sessions on Mondays, November 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 1:00-3:30PM ET. An additional virtual event, tentatively scheduled for February 2021, will provide additional opportunities for networking and learning. Following the residency, the mentees will engage with their mentor through video meetings to advance the goals and overall career development. In May 2020, the mentees will attend the Art Curators Conference, which is slated to be held in NYC, to reconnect with their cohort and meet the nearly 400 curators in attendance from around the globe. This component may shift to an online format, given the uncertainties of travel surrounding the evolving pandemic. The program concludes with a virtual meeting of the cohort, with each mentee presenting how the program impacted their goals and development. The introduction and conclusion aspects of the program add a digital learning and sharing experience for the Mentees.

All Mentees are provided funding to accommodate travel, as confirmed, in addition to networking, and other benefits, which are outlined in greater detail by following the appropriate application link. A group of curator jurors will select ten Mentees for 2020 Program, with pairings announced in the fall.




Introduction Video

2019 Mentee Cohort (From left to right): Rose Bouthillier, Remai Modern; Stephanie Sparling Williams, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; Tahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder, State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Historical Society; Alexandra Terry, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; Yao Wu, Smith College Museum of Art; Martina Dodd, Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library; Moumita Dhar, National Museum, New Delhi; Favour Ritaro, Rele Gallery; Cindy Kang, The Barnes Foundation; and Leslie Ureña, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.


This program is made possible through the generosity of Barbara Futter, Catherine Futter, and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

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