2021 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
AAMC Foundation’s Mentorship Program gives curators with a minimum of six years and a maximum of nine years of experience opportunities to advance their professional development, investigate important issues in the field, cultivate strong bonds with peers, and develop an independent working relationship with a senior curatorial leader, their Mentor. Through a competitive, open application process, up to 10 Mentees are selected for the program.
To achieve the Mentee’s goals and secure progress in their careers, the AAMC Foundation’s Mentorship Program incorporates an immersive Virtual Learning Residency; engagement with a Mentor; and attendance at our Art Curators Conference. In addition, the Mentees self-conduct introductory video recordings, which are shared with Mentors and residency leaders, as well as played during an introductory Mentor/Mentee virtual meet-up. There is also a concluding virtual meeting in June 2022. The program is structured to provide guidance and learning, but also to empower the Mentee to work independently of the program to meet their goals. All Mentees are provided funding to support their participation in the program.* Additional details are outlined below in greater detail.
Established in 2014, the AAMC Foundation’s Mentorship Program has served 46 Mentees from across 28 U.S. States and 9 countries. More than half of the program’s alumni network self-identify as BIPOC, with 77% securing new and/or elevated positions since participating in our program.
1. Intro Video & Learning
At the start of the Program, Mentees will record a short introductory video to share their goals and ambitions.
2. Virtual Meetup
Mentees and Mentors attend a virtual meetup in October 2021 to watch all of the Mentee’s intro videos, as well as receive the program schedule and curriculum.
3. Virtual Learning Residency
An intensive virtual residency featuring a combination of live and recorded content will serve as the base for the Mentee cohort experience. You will be asked to attend these sessions: Mondays, October 18, 25, November 1, 15, and 22, 2021 and Thursday, January 27, 2022 between 11:00am and 1:30pm EST. There will be reading materials and videos to watch as part of this program.
4. Partnership with a Mentor
AAMC Foundation pairs Mentors and Mentees based on the Mentee’s needs, field, location, and goals. After the October initial meeting, the Mentee is expected to engage with their Mentor, including a minimum of three video meetings between October and June 2022 and an in-person, multiple day visit between December 2021 and June 2022. Pairings are also expected to host a Curator Gathering on a topic that ties to their relationship between December 2021 and July 2022. Ownership of this relationship development is with the Mentee, and Mentees should take the lead and initiative in seeking out meeting their goals. In addition to checking in on Mentees, AAMC Foundation does check-in with Mentors throughout the program.
5. AAMC Network Access
AAMC will arrange a 1-year membership for each Mentee, giving full network access to all our professional development activities and website, which includes professional resources, webinar archive, field forums, and a member directory of 1,300 curators. AAMC Foundation anticipates that the Mentees will use this opportunity to further expand their network, and build new relationships beyond the program itself.
6. Dedicated Mighty Networks Site
This online community is a focused, interactive space for cohort communications and a homebase for important program information, including the schedule with Zoom links for residency sessions and a list of recommended reading, webinars and other resources.
7. Art Curators Conference and Program Alumni Reception
The Art Curators Conference is an important part of continuing to layer opportunities for discussions, collaborations, and support. The program stipend is provided to cover travel and registration to attend this event from April 30 - May 4, 2022 in New York, NY, USA. At this time, we are planning an in-person and virtual hybrid model event. The annual Program Alumni Reception is scheduled for during the conference and includes past Mentors and Mentees amongst AAMC Foundation leadership and other program participants. Of course, should travel restrictions pose a concern, we can discuss this with each individual, however, at this time we will be in person and anticipate Mentees attending.
7. Virtual Interactive Workshop
The Mentee cohort reconvenes in mid-May for an virtual learning experience facilitated by a guest speaker and featuring hands-on activities and space for self-reflection.
8. Reporting and Follow-up
All Mentees will give a final presentation via a virtual convening in June 2022 and complete a Program evaluation survey. Follow-up and commitments beyond the Program would continue through opportunities for alumni communications, such as invitations to future Annual Program Alumni Receptions.
- Be an art curator at a nonprofit organization, 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.
- Have a required minimum of at least 6 and no more than 9 years of direct working curatorial experience in the field, including fellowships but excluding internships.
- International applications are encouraged and desired. Due to restrictions as a 501c3, we cannot accept applications from nationals of any country that is subject to a comprehensive sanctions regime under United States law (currently Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the Crimea region of Ukraine). This list is subject to change with U.S. regulations.
- Commit to all program requirements at the time of application, including all deadlines (non-negotiable), timelines, and travel.
Applications for the AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program opens on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 and the final deadline for submitting an application is 5pm ET on Thursday, July 8, 2021. 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.
*Grants/stipends made to individuals count as gifted income that should be declared for tax purposes and we provide grantees with a 1099 form for tax purposes. Nonresident aliens for U.S. tax purposes are required to complete a W-8BEN form and are exempt from backup withholding and Form 1099 reporting.