Applications Open for AAMC Foundation Curatorial Mentorship Program

20 May 2019

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Founded in 2013, The Association of Art Museum curators 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). 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 2019-2020 Program launches this fall with the Mentees conducting introductory video recordings that are shared with the cohort, Mentors, and residency presenters. Then, as the foundation for the Mentee cohort experience, a three-day intensive residency in New York City will be held from November 19 - 21, 2019. In May 2020, the mentees will attend the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Annual Conference, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, to reconnect with their cohort and meet the nearly 400 curators in attendance from around the globe. 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 their attendance at these events, in addition to networking, and other benefits, which are outlined in greater detail by following the appropriate application link below (available May 15, 2019). A group of curator jurors will select ten mentees for 2019-2020 Program, with Mentees and Mentors announced this July.


Applications for the AAMC Foundation Mentorship Program are accepted through our online portal. Click here to start your application.

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.

To learn more about the program, visit
To apply, please visit