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  • 11 Feb 2019 10:30 AM | Richard Harker (Administrator)

    AAMD Announces Museum Partners for New Internship Program Focused on College Students From Underrepresented Communities

    New York, NY

    October 31, 2018

    The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) today announced the selection of its 10 art museum partners for its internship program focused on undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. These 10 museums, all AAMD members, were chosen from a group of more than 50 applications submitted throughout the summer. Partner museums for this pilot year of the program were chosen based on several factors, including: the proposed project focus for the participating intern; geographic diversity, representing a range of communities across the United States; and type of institution, including those with an encyclopedic collection, and those with a focus on modern and contemporary art. This initiative is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as additional financial and logistical support from AAMD and the participating member museums.

    The 10 participating institutions are:

    • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, with an internship program focused on experiences in the Curatorial and Education departments, contributing research and assistance for an upcoming exhibition, and developing off-site public programming.
    • Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK, with a curatorial internship that will support the development of programming and educational resources for an upcoming exhibition.
    • Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, with an internship in Education and Visitor Services, where the intern will continue a large student evaluation project and create a collaborative public program with a student group on campus.
    • McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, with an internship in the Education department, where the intern will assist with programming and in-gallery interactive performances for an upcoming exhibition.
    • Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, with an internship focused on community engagement and programming around art and social justice, and an artist residency project.
    • Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, with a curatorial internship assisting curators in organizing and designing an exhibition proposal of artwork from the contemporary Native Artists’ collection.
    • Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, with an internship in Marketing and Communications assisting with copy-editing, drafting and editing stories for the newsletters, and leaving the internship with a portfolio of written communications.
    • Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, with the intern serving as a curatorial and interpretation assistant for an upcoming exhibition.
    • San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, with an internship in administration and assisting with the museum’s annual gala, The Wonder Ball.
    • The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC with an internship in the museum’s Department of Academic Initiatives where he/she will assist in the re-installation of part of the museum’s collection and create an interactive wall that will reinforce the themes and visuals of the re-installation.

    “One of the most important steps we can take for the future of art and art museums is to increase the diversity of those working in our institutions, so that they better reflect the diverse communities we serve,” said Madeleine Grynsztejn, President of AAMD and the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. “Our new internship program is a significant step forward in that process, focusing on students from underrepresented backgrounds at critical moments in their academic and career development. I want to thank my colleagues at these ten member museums for developing creative proposals for intern activities, and for helping us launch a strong and vibrant pilot program.”

    AAMD announced the pilot program in July 2018, inviting proposals from member museums to reach a goal of ten institutions hosting one intern each; the submission deadline was September 13. In addition to selecting partners to cover a range of museum departments and experiences, museums are also required to pair their intern with a mentor, who will direct their activities and provide overall counsel on their professional development. The partner museums will now begin accepting internship applications, with internships beginning in late-spring 2019.

    The program is only available to undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, or senior years, to provide opportunity for students who have begun to solidify their academic interests and potential career path. Each intern—working at a museum in their home or university town—will be assigned to work on at least one defined project, so that they will be able to see the culmination of their work at the end of the summer. A stipend of $6,300 will be provided for each 12 week internship.

    “Increasing the diversity of those who pursue careers in art museums is a challenge for the field, especially when there are undergraduate students who are interested but lack opportunities, access, or resources,” said Stephanie Yao, Program Manager at AAMD. “With this pilot program, we are creating these opportunities for students from Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, or multiracial backgrounds to explore and experience positions within an art museum. And doing this through a paid internship will help ensure that no interested student has to choose between earning money and pursuing an academic and career interest.”

    By pairing each student with a mentor from the host institution’s senior leadership team, the program will encourage the kind of long-term relationship-building that can be so crucial to nurturing a young person’s career. Mentors will work closely with their intern, and ensure there are opportunities for conversation, feedback, direction, and questions. In addition, AAMD will support the interns’ longer-term networking and professional development by covering their expenses to participate in two museum conferences, including AAMD’s own 2019 Fall/Winter meeting, where they will be able to meet other museum professionals as well as their fellow interns.

    To assess outcomes for future planning and development, both the students and their host institutions will be required to submit a written report at the end of the internship assessing the program, the goals, and the outcomes. Museums will also be asked to provide a performance review of the intern, and interns will be asked to provide a self-assessment.


  • 22 Aug 2017 10:59 AM | Anna Frueh (Administrator)

    We want to spotlight our members and their museums! Follow the steps below to be featured on our social media platforms for #MemberMonday.

    1.       Submit a photo and a short description of your program or event to AmericanAssnforMuseumVols@gmail.com. Make sure to include links to stories/websites/museums we can tag. Note, we’re looking to highlight existing programs and events and you’re welcome to include links to your websites for followers to learn more; we will not publish posts that are solely recruitment ads at this time

    2.       We’ll confirm with you when we plan to post your feature

    3.       Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

  • 20 Mar 2017 4:33 PM | Richard Harker (Administrator)

    As you have no doubt heard, the Trump Administration has proposed eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its preliminary budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. These programs play an essential role in helping museums make the arts, sciences, and humanities accessible to all Americans. The eliminations are part of a package that the administration projects would cut $54 billion in domestic spending in order to offset an identical increase in defense spending.

    Because museums, zoos and aquariums, science centers, and cultural organizations of all kinds are key to a thriving democratic society, the leadership of AAMV urges you to contact members of Congress and advocate for these programs and the important work we all do.

    The following link will take you to very helpful guidelines prepared by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM): http://bit.ly/SpeakUp4Museums

    Please share this your museum staff, docents and volunteers!

  • 28 Feb 2017 2:56 PM | Anna Frueh (Administrator)

    All of the AAMV-partnered sessions can be found here

  • 09 Feb 2017 11:10 AM | Richard Harker (Administrator)

    Interested in using a new software to manage your volunteer program or just want to learn more? Check out the live webinars being run by Volunteer Impact to learn more about their software and how it is being used in museums.

    Full information can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcJPoy3wdAY&feature=youtu.be

  • 04 Feb 2017 2:19 PM | Richard Harker (Administrator)

    The American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV) is proud to stand with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and many partners around the country in advocating for the important roles that museums play in our communities, and the crucial contributions that volunteers make to these vital institutions.

    Visit the American Alliance of Museum's website for more resources about how best to advocate for your institution and museums more broadly: http://www.aam-us.org/advocacy/resources

    Join AAMV and share your volunteer success stories with us, to allow us to engage in effective advocacy, and connect with other volunteer managers and museum staff supporting the important work volunteers are doing.

  • 10 Jan 2017 12:57 PM | Richard Harker (Administrator)

    We have re-launched the AAMV website (www.aamv.org) and this means that as members, when you've paid your dues, you will receive a unique username and password that allows you to access a treasure trove of members-only content that will be constantly being updated.

    This includes our newsletters (our most recent one is here, for you to see what we're talking about), our new Volunteer Voices podcast (click here for our latest episode), and sample documents and forms, as well as our members-only forum where you can share ideas and ask questions of your fellow members.

    Joining AAMV, or renewing your membership, gets you access to all of this content, as well as our online forum that is a great place to share ideas, ask questions, explore best practices, and network with other museum volunteer managers.

  • 16 Nov 2016 6:26 PM | Richard Harker (Administrator)

    Cultural Volunteer Managers Council of Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Since first convening in April 1993, this informal gathering of volunteer program directors has meet on an average four to five times a year. What drove us to do such a thing when we all go to too many meetings already?  All of us had participated in larger conferences or workshops focused on volunteer administration and found that, while helpful and interesting, getting down to nitty-gritty problem solving and program development was most successful when you got together with people from similar institutions where volunteers had similar roles (for example in education and/or guest services). We have grown to include over 30 institutions, including primarily museums, but also libraries, a radio station, community arts centers, zoological gardens, aquaria and the like.” Our mission is to “serve as a resource for the exchange of information and the promotion of cultural volunteerism.”

    To join this group's meetings or for more information, contact Lois Kuter at lvk26@drexel.edu

  • 15 Nov 2016 7:27 PM | Richard Harker (Administrator)

    Chicagoland Cultural Volunteer Programs (CCVP)

    In the Chicago area, the group Chicagoland Cultural Volunteer Programs (CCVP) meets quarterly to discuss a designated topic on volunteerism, and share ideas and solutions.  CCVP provides a terrific opportunity to network, update colleagues on your organization’s initiatives, and cultivate relationships with peers.

    Find CCVP on Twitter, @Chi _CVP, and at the group’s blog   https://chicvp.wordpress.com/

  • 22 Jun 2016 8:43 AM | Richard Harker (Administrator)
    The Atlanta Volunteer Managers Roundtable

    The Atlanta Volunteer Managers Roundtable is a group of museum professionals who manage volunteers that meets regularly throughout the year in the metro Atlanta area to network, discuss best practices in volunteer management, and share success stories and resources. Our meetings are informal but a great way to network, share best practices, and meet a like-minded group of professionals.

    If you are interested in participating in this roundtable please contact Richard Harker at rharker@kennesaw.edu or Kate Naylor at Kate.Naylor@fernbankmuseum.org.

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