AAMC Foundation Launches Call For Applications For Its Propel Program

AAMC Foundation | May 13, 2023

AAMC Foundation has opened the next application cycle for its Propel Program, a multifaceted initiative designed to support and accelerate a curator’s mid-career advancement.  Formerly called the Mentorship Program, the Propel Program is the longest-running initiative of its kind, offering both training sessions and workshops as well as support through a professional network including a pairing with a senior curatorial mentor, a peer cohort, and alumni community.  Applications are now being accepted through June 1, 2023.

The Propel Program, throughout its history since 2014, has ensured diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging are core elements of its learning and engagement.  Past fellows have represented 10 countries, with nearly 60% from underserved race and ethnic backgrounds and over 90% identifying as female.  Since participating in the program,  over 80% of the fellows have secured new and/or elevated positions.

The Propel Program created and led by AAMC Foundation, provides curators, with seven to ten years of full-time curatorial experience, the chance to investigate their career, its past, present, and future, through conscientious and inspired workshops, and a professional network for support and growth through a pairing with a senior curatorial visionary, a peer cohort, and alumni community.  A key element of the program is to amplify the individual curatorial voice of each Fellow to ensure that they are gaining access and opportunities to hone in on the skills needed to succeed in the field, but importantly also learning to develop and advocate for their individual mission as a curator.
Selected in a competitive, open application process and juror vetting, up to 10 Fellows are awarded the prestigious opportunity to participate in the established and respected program.  We encourage international and U.S.-based curators to apply who self-identify as being from underrepresented cultural, racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or socio-economic communities.

Judith Pineiro, Executive Director,  judith.pineiro@artcurators.org