February 21, 2020

Networked Curator: Digital literacy workshop for art curators

Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation

AAMC Foundation Networked Curator, 2017–18.

AAMC Foundation’s Networked Curator is a professional development initiative for nonprofit art curators that advance overall digital skills and vocabulary, enables them to better understand the resources and possibilities of the sector, and empowers them to collaborate and actively participate in related initiatives. Applicants are required to have a minimum of at least 5–7 years of direct curatorial experience, as well as moderate experience with, dedicated commitment to and interest in responsibility for digital projects. Each application will require submission of an individual curatorial project which they will work to integrate program learning into during the course, this project can be a temporary exhibition, permanent collection, publication or other organizational based related. Up to 15 participants will be selected through an application process for this career advancement experience.

Fellows selected to the 2020 program will:
–conduct introductory pre-program virtual meetings;
–engage in pre-program learning;
–participate in an immersive three-day program with a peer cohort held in Miami, Florida;
–augment their technological capacity by advancing an individual curatorial project which they bring to the workshop and reflect on throughout the program;
–and expand their knowledge, network, and perspective by contributing at the Museum Computer Network’s annual conference in Baltimore, MD.

All participants are provided funding to accommodate their attendance at these events, in addition to other benefits that are outlined below in greater detail.

Program components

(1) Introductions & pre-program learning
At the start of the Program, participants will participate in an introductory video meeting to share their goals and ambitions with their colleagues, funders, facilitators, and speakers for the program. Additionally, participants will be responsible for reviewing reading materials and completing 4–5 assignments over the course of April–June.

(2) Invitation to exclusive AAMC Foundation program alumni reception at the Art Curators Conference in 2020 and 2021

(3) Miami residency
A three-day intensive residency hosted in Miami, Florida from July 29–31, 2020 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel will serve as the foundation for the Networked Curator program experience, leveraging Miami’s arts community as a catalyst for learning and development. It is designed to bring together leading voices in digital to help participants visualize collaborative relationships, explore partnered project development methods, and walk through realized objectives. In addition, a closing evening event on the final day will provide additional opportunities for networking and learning.

(4) MCN conference
The program stipend is also expected to cover travel and registration to attend the Museum Computer Network (MCN) conference that will take place in Baltimore, MD on November 10–13, 2020. Attendance is required as awardees will be paired with a MCN leader to advance project development and participate in an AAMC Foundation organized program.

(5) Reporting and follow-up
All participants will give a final presentation via a virtual convening in January 2021. They will also be required to complete a Program final report and program evaluation survey. Follow-up and commitments beyond the Program would continue through opportunities for alumni communications, such as invitations to AAMC Foundation Annual Program Alumni Receptions.

Eligibility requirements

Find all eligibility requirements and more information on our website.

The final deadline for submitting an application is 12pm ET on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. An incomplete or late submission will result in the application not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions.


This program is made possible through the generosity of the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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