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Moderators' Welcome to Forum Members 2 A. Schwartz M. McMenamin said:Thank you for sharing your stories. It is wonderful to hear how you both found a career you love. Even better, you are helping others, like me, discover the curatorial field.  As an American Studies Major, I love exploring the United States' history through cultural artifacts. Sometimes, however, I worry that my major might impede internship opportunities because it pertains to a specific country and does not exclusively relate to art. How can I best leverage my degree in a way that appeals to internship coordinators and employers in the museum field? On a separate note, what role is emerging technology and digital archiving having on the curatorial field. In other words, are curators required to know increasingly more about sharing a museum's collection on-line in a dynamic, interactive, yet user-friendly way?   Michael McMenaminFordham UniversityAmerican Studies MajorClass of 2014  Hi Michael,  Thanks for your post and apologies for my delay in replying (I've been traveling).I don't think that your major should be a big impediment to getting internships, if you frame your interests in objects the way you did here. It's true that you might focus at least initially on museums with a strong emphasis on American art, as your speciality would help you here. Also you might consider taking an art history class or 2 if you haven't already, to help you become more fluent in how objects are dealt with in museums.And yes, digital technologies are increasingly important in museums, which constantly increasing online presence. There is a big push to put collections online, and to have exhibition websites and interactive educational programming. Curators should understand this, though most museums also have digital learning specialists or even departments to lead the way.  
by A. Schwartz
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Welcome Student Forum Members! 0 Sally S. Block Dear Student Forum Members,   I am pleased to report that the AAMC Student Forum will be off and running tomorrow.  We hope that the forum will become a place for all students undergraduate through PhD to communicate about the curatorial profession.  To that end, we have established two discussion forums: one for graduate and PhD students, and one for undergraduate students.    Over the next few months we plan to initiate online conversations through a series of posts, written by curatorial moderators, AAMC staff, and you - our forum subscribers.  The forum should be a place for open discussion and inquiry, and moderators will be available to answer questions about the curatorial profession or provide insight about issues raised by subscribers. It should be noted that moderators may choose to cull their responses to members into one post on a weekly or even bi-weekly basis, so please be patient when awaiting a reply.  Our first online moderators will be Alexandra Schwartz, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey and William Breazeale, Curator at the Crocker Art Museum in California.    In the meantime, please review the attached FAQ document for additional information about the forum and to learn how to subscribe to instant email notifications or weekly digests.   Should you have any difficulty accessing the forum, please contact Madeleine Haddon, programs assistant at madeleine.haddon@artcurators.org.   All best, Sally Block Executive Director Association of Art Museum Curators
by Sally S. Block
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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