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 are selected through a competitive application process for a six-month 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 program incorporates three main pillars: an immersive multi-day program creating a peer to peer cohort held in New York City; onsite visit at mentor’s organization for two to three days establishing one on one connections for learning; and attendance at our annual conference furthering 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 other benefits that are outlined below in greater detail. 


1. Intro Video & Learning 

At the start of the Program, Mentees will record a short introductory video that will be used by AAMC Foundation to share their goals and ambitions with colleagues, Mentors, funders, and speakers for the program. Additionally, Mentees will be responsible for reviewing reading materials and webinars in advance of attending the New York City residency.

2. New York City Residency

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.  Guest speakers will lead Mentees through a focused curriculum covering finance and fundraising; inclusion, access and social justice; and collaboration and promotion. In addition, two evening events will provide additional opportunities for networking and learning.

3. Partnership with a Mentor

The pairing will then have one in-person meeting at the Mentor’s institution, between November 22, 2019 and March 1, 2020, which not expected to last more than 2-3 business days.  During this visit, Mentees will shadow their Mentors to get feedback and guidance on their goals, which should tie to your overall curatorial career advancement and development.  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.

4. AAMC Membership

AAMC will arrange a complimentary 1-year membership for each Mentee, giving full access to all our professional development activities, and website, which includes professional resources, webinar archive, and a member forum and directory. 

5. AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference

The Program stipend is also expected to cover travel and registration to attend AAMC & AAMC Foundation’s Annual Conference & Meeting, May 2-5, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. 

6. Annual Program Alumni Reception

Bringing together Program participants through an alumni reception is an important part of continuing to layer opportunities for discussions, collaborations, and support. The event includes past Mentors and Mentees amongst other AAMC & AAMC Foundation leadership and Program participants. It is scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020 in Seattle, Washington, during the Annual Conference.

7. Reporting and Follow-up

All Mentees will give a final presentation via a virtual convening and complete a Program evaluation survey. Follow-up and commitments beyond the 6-month Program would continue through opportunities for alumni communications, such as invitations to future Annual Program Alumni Receptions.


  • 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 6-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. 


Applications for the AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program opens on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 and the final deadline for submitting and application is 12pm ET on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Please ensure you fill out all of the required questions below, which are indicated with a red asterisk. 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 Barbara Futter, Catherine Futter, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation is seeking panel proposals on the topic of advancing curatorial work and art organizations beyond traditional and perceived thresholds and boundaries.  In selecting this topic, we anticipate dialogues reconsidering linear narratives, challenging concepts of borders, investigating social and cross cultural interactions, and engaging in activism.

We request proposals considering the full spectrum of interpretations, looking at possible topics holistically and not solely through the curatorial lens.  Panels should propose discussions acknowledging community, which involves our workplace colleagues and partners; donors and sponsors; visitors and neighbors; for-profit arts sector; and more. As with all our programming, the proposals should be inclusive and welcoming of a diverse audience.

The 2020 AAMC & AAMC Foundation Conference is slated for May 2-5, 2020 in Seattle, WA. 

Proposal Submission Details

  • Current AAMC members are invited to submit session proposals through this online portal no later than 5pm ET on Monday, June 24, 2019.  
  • No late submissions are permitted.
  • Speakers, moderators, and panel organizers are responsible for their own travel & accommodation and will not receive payment for taking part.
  • As with all AAMC & AAMC Foundation programming and overall efforts, proposals should be inclusive of self-identifiers (by nation, gender, race, ethnicity), (dis)ability, and socioeconomic background, fields of expertise, types of organizations, and geographic locations.
  • Proposals should support a discussion model of presentation utilizing case studies and open dialogue.  We do not accept sessions that engage panelists in presenting formal papers.
  • The selection process will be guided by the strength of the proposals and the need to create a balance between topics relevant to curators from a wide range of institutions and specializations. 
  • Conference proposals are subject to modification by AAMC (staff, leadership, etc) as part of the process of shaping the overall Conference program.   
  • Successful proposals will be notified in mid-August 2019.
  • All Panels/Workshops finalized, including panelists and descriptions, by October 1, 2019.
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