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Fellowship 2020 for Black Americans in Museums, Arts, and Cultural Spaces


The partnership of Lord Cultural Resources and the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is accepting letters of interest (LOI) through September 16th, 2020, at 11:59 pm ET for Fellowship 2020, a new initiative for Black Americans in Museums, Arts, and Cultural Spaces. Fellowship 2020 for Black Americans in Museums, Arts, and Cultural Spaces brings together talented African/Black American emerging leaders based on their leadership promise and work in museums, visual arts, and other cultural spaces. It memorializes 2020 as a pivotal year when the toxic mix of racism and pandemic threatens the very survival of African Americans.

The program connects fellows to positions of leadership in the field as well as highly accomplished national and international arts and cultural leaders. It prepares them to:

· Step into leadership positions in museums, visual artspaces, and other cultural nonprofits through hands-on experience

· Make a difference in these institutions through identification and articulation of diverse viewpoints through partnerships and collaborations

· Inspire new ideas and innovative change across institutions with a mandate to serve community

Fellowship 2020 addresses unconscious and conscious bias by offering museum professionals from the African American community a paid 1-year opportunity to work with Lord Cultural Resources, the Association of African American Museums and partner cultural institutions to foster sustainable change in arts and cultural spaces. The fellowship also provides existing and new cultural institutions with an opportunity shift the ways in which they work to unpack and address unconscious bias which can be a barrier to engaging diverse audiences, staff, and leadership. BENEFITS:

· Combined virtual and, if deemed appropriate by the Fellow and the institution, in-person placement with a partnering cultural institution

· One-on-one leadership coaching from a panel of senior cultural professionals

· $50,000 stipend

The Fellowship includes one month of training and eleven months of field experience grounded in discussions with visionary leaders whose work has had significant impact in cultural spaces. The program will also focus on strengthening core competencies that are central to cultural leadership, such as mastering the art of persuasion and negotiation, promoting strong moral character and ethics, and leading effective teams and organizations.


· Be a member of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM)

· African/Black American with 3–5 years of experience working in a museum or cultural space

· Graduate degree or bachelor’s degree with work experience equivalent to graduate level in the areas of specialization

· Areas of specialization: In this inaugural year, we are seeking fellows in the following three (3) areas;

Curatorial: ability to develop exhibitions, writing, research, exhibition installation and documentation; research on the collection; and the development of interpretive materials as well as knowledge of the cultural field.

Finance: experience preparing financial analyses and reports, budget development and forecasting of future income and expense.

Project Management: Evaluate projects against time phased schedules and budget requirements, utilizing knowledge of data and analytics to maximize efficiency of management, decision-making and service delivery

LETTERS OF INTERESTS, should be sent to AAAM and include;

Cover letter clearly identifying ways that you meet the eligibility requirements

Your expertise/experience in one of the three areas of specialization


No phone calls or faxes, please.

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