This blog is the place to exchange ideas, news, issues and thoughts about diversity and multiculturalism in museums. The Multicultural Initiatives Committee is a Texas Association of Museums Affinity Group.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Getty Institute Offers Multicultural Undergraduate Internships

The following announcement comes from the Philanthropy News Digest at the Foundation Center:

In order to increase diversity in professions related to museums and the visual arts, the Getty Institute is offering summer internships at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa to undergraduates from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Internships provide training and work experience in areas such as conservation, library collections, publications, museum education, curatorship, grants administration, public programs, site operations, and information technology.

The Multicultural Undergraduate Internships at the Getty are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in museum professions and fields related to the visual arts: African Americans, Asians, Latinos/Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduates who either reside or attend college in Los Angeles County and who will have completed at least one semester of college by June 2009. Students who complete their undergraduate degree by September 1, 2009, are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Candidates are sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

Internships provide stipends of $3,500 for ten-week summer internships at the Getty Center in Los Angeles or at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California. The internships are full-time, begin June 15, 2009, and end August 20, 2009. Housing and transportation are not provided.

Visit the Getty web site for complete application guidelines.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Diversity Fellowships Available

American Association of Museums Offers Diversity Fellowship Program:

"The Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to assist full time students, in a museum-related course of study by providing support to attend AAM’s Annual Meetings. Diversity is a great strength of our society, there is significant disparity between the diversity of our communities, and the people who visit, work in, and lead our cultural institutions. AAM encourages museums to strive for greater inclusiveness of individuals and communities that are diverse with regard to their national origin, gender, race, culture, economic status, religion, sexual orientation, physical or cognitive ability, age, and/or family structure." For more information, or to apply, please visit the Diversity Fellowship Program site.

Friday, 2 January 2009

Multiculutral Scholarships Available to attend TAM Conference!

The Texas Association of Museums is offering a limited number of full scholarships for the Annual Meeting to be awarded to minority professionals currently working in Texas museums. Applicants must be early-career and/or new to the Texas museum profession. These scholarships will include meeting registration, one workshop, one luncheon, one breakfast, and an evening event. The scholarship recipient(s) will be responsible for his or her travel, lodging, and incidental costs.

For more information on the Annual Meeting, to be held in El Paso, please visit the TAM website.

Following the meeting the recipient (s) will be asked to write an article for the TAM quarterly e-newsletter, The TAMALE, offering observations on the state of diversity in the museum profession and/or their observations on diversity based on the annual meeting.

To apply, send a resume, references, and a one-page letter stating reasons for applying for the scholarship to the TAM office. This information is to be received no later than January 30, 2009. Representatives of the MIC will assist in evaluating applications and selecting winners. Notification of the award(s) will be made by February 6, 2009