The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)
Program Dates: September 12, 2013 – June 6, 2014
Application Deadline: May 7, 2013 by 11:59pm
Brooklyn, New York, March 1, 2013 – MoCADA is now accepting applications for the 2013 – 2014 Curatorial Fellowship, made possible by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Curatorial Fellowship was designed to cultivate emerging curators of African descent who are grounded in the belief of the power of art to transform individuals and communities. From an open competition, two individuals will be selected to participate in the eight-month program and receive a $20,000 award.
The successful candidates will work full-time at MoCADA from September 2013 to May 2014. Under the leadership of the Exhibitions Director and Education Coordinator, the fellows will assist in all aspects of bringing MoCADA’s exhibition schedule to fruition. Through weekly discussions sessions, the fellows will be led through the process of developing a curatorial concept into an exhibition. They will also work inter-departmentally on the museum’s community and educational programming, catalogues, publicity, merchandizing, grant writing, and web presence. In the field, the fellows will build a professional network through a schedule of artist talks, symposia, research, travel and site visits to arts organizations and artist studios. All of these aspects will be integral to the fellows’ experience as they work to co-curate a Satellite Exhibition at an offsite location in Brooklyn. The exhibition will be accompanied by public programs that will include an artist talk/panel, exhibition walk throughs, and additional programs of their design.
The goal of the Curatorial Fellowship is to provide emerging curators with professional training to become socially and politically conscious arts leaders who will create exhibitions that inspire action. At the close of the program, It is our hope that the fellows gain an awareness of the curatorial department’s involvement at every level of the museum, and become creative thinkers in their approach to curatorial practice.
BA or BFA in Art History, Studio Art, Africana Studies, or a related field with a specialized interest in African/African American/African Diasporan visual arts
Undergraduate degree completed no earlier than May 2011. Applicants graduating in May 2013 are welcome to apply.
Strong writing and communication skills
A record of achievement in community organizing, programming, and/or events
How to apply
To initiate an application, complete the Curatorial Fellowship Application Form. In addition, email the following application components in a single email to email@example.com:
A description of an original exhibition idea that aligns with the museum’s mission. The description should include an exhibition concept or key idea, and any artists that the applicant is considering (300 words)
A current resume
A list of two professional references. For each, please include the following: name, position, relationship to the applicant, email address and phone number. These references must also each submit a professional recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Recommenders should email letters directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
A cover letter that outlines your reasons for applying
A two to three page professional or academic writing sample
A brief description of a recent exhibition that has made a lasting impact on you. Include the exhibition dates and location (300 words)
Application Deadline: May 7, 2013 by 11:59pm. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.
Please direct any questions to email@example.com. No phone calls please.
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.
Support for the Curatorial Fellowship is generously provided by The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.