National Museum of African American History & Culture announces the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship Program
This program is designed for students currently enrolled in, or recent graduates of a graduate degree program at HBCUs and other universities with an evident interest in the curatorship of African American heritage.
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the curatorial fellows will be part of an exciting journey of groundbreaking efforts to culminate with the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on the National Mall in 2015. As the Smithsonian’s 19th and newest museum, and the first “green” museum, the NMAAHC is committed to presenting a compelling history of our country through the lens of the African American experience. Researching, collecting, documenting and conserving thousands of objects, documents, photographs, works of art, garments, musical instruments, and oral histories, will be an integral part of the fellows’ hands-on experience. The focus will be on curatorial studies; however, there will be a conservation component as well.
The fellowship program will expose graduate students to opportunities in curatorial studies and inspire them to consider curatorial careers. Through this pilot program, the Museum may facilitate entry to museum professions for individuals from communities that are historically not well represented in this field.
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