Professional Practices for Art Curators in Nonprofits
AAMC Foundation's Professional Practices for Art Curators in Nonprofits is the first handbook for curators designed to advance best practices and support professional development. It includes contributions from leading voices in the field and has been revised to address critical issues faced by curators working today. More
Professional Practices for Art Curators in Nonprofits is the first handbook for curators designed to advance best practices and support professional development. Spearheaded by the AAMC Foundation as part of its mission to serve as a resource and advocate for art curators across the US and internationally, it includes contributions from leading voices in the field and has been revised to address critical issues faced by curators working today. The guide highlights the significance of cooperation (internally and externally), transparency, and engagement, as well as the importance of embracing inclusivity and accessibility in every aspect of the curatorial field, including but not limited to collection development, exhibitions, hiring, and mentoring.
Key issues discussed in the guidebook include:
- Pathways to developing a curatorial career;
- Strategies for engagement and collaboration with the public;
- Sustaining meaningful momentum supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the field;
- Successful applications of digital strategies;
- Increased focus on open sharing of provenance, including conditions of transfer and colonialism; and shifts in how the for-profit and nonprofit sector work together.
About AAMC Foundation: The AAMC Foundation provides a platform for the exchange of a broad range of information on critical issues driving the curatorial field, with programming serving curators, professional colleagues, and the public, our outreach reflects diverse perspectives within the field, often examining strategic directions of curatorial practice and art organization management.
Writers and editors: Alexandra Schwartz, Independent Curator and Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation
Writers and contributors: Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Ford Foundation; Christine Begley, Grenzebach Glier and Associates; Christa Clarke, Independent Curator and Affiliate, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University; Jens Daehner, The J. Paul Getty Museum; Janet Dees, The Block Museum of Art and Northwestern University; Helen C. Evans, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art; Madhuvanti Ghose, Art Institute of Chicago; Lauren Haynes, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Paul Ha,MIT List Visual Arts Center; Emily Rafferty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; E. Carmen Ramos, Smithsonian American Art Museum; and Monica Valenzuela, AAMC & AAMC Foundation
Additional reviewers and contributors: Christine Anagnos, Association of Art Museum Directors; Kathleen Ash-Milby, The Portland Art Museum; Kristen Becker, Marianne Boesky Gallery; Sheila Brennan, National Endowment for the Humanities; Shervone Neckles-Ortiz, Joan Mitchell Foundation; Tanya Odom, Consultant and Leadership Coach, Global Diversity and Inclusion and Education Consultant and Executive Coach; Adriana Proser, Asia Society Museum; John Ravenal, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; Carolyn Royston, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Mark Scala, Frist Art Museum; Haema Sivanesan Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Elizabeth Smith, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation; Susana Smith Bautista, Museum Consultant; Auntaneshia Staveloz, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture; Karol B. Wight, Corning Museum of Glass; and Katherine Wilson-Milne, Schindler Cohen & Hochman.