The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in partnership with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, has announced the launch of a graduate program designed to advance the careers of museum professionals who are committed to disrupting and diversifying the field.
The LACMA-ASU Master's Fellowship in Art History will combine rigorous academic instruction through traditional masters-level coursework and a thesis requirement with on-the-job training at LACMA or the Herberger Institute's ASU Art Museum. In addition to working at one of the museums while earning their master's degree in art history, fellows also will have access to resources from both LACMA and the institute, including ASU's art faculty and LACMA staff, curators, and educators.
"Both ASU and LACMA are laser-focused on creating new educational opportunities, encouraging broader public engagement, and advancing knowledge," said ASU president Michael Crow. "We are both seeking a more powerful role for arts and culture in public life and in our democracy. We are both committed to disrupting old models — in higher education and museums — to increase equity and inclusion and engage new perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds. This program expands our ability to new ideas and pursue new answers to serve a changing America."
"Too many talented students from diverse backgrounds get stuck or delayed in finding their place as curators in art museums due to the lack of resources or the difficulty of pursuing the very long road to earning a graduate degree and accumulating enough work experience to advance in our field and make a difference," said LACMA chief executive Michael Govan. "This partnership and program will help open the pipeline for more talent and diverse ideas to feed the art museums of the near future."
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