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Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI)

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The Art Institute is among 20 museums from around the country chosen as a recipient of a new grant designed to increase equity in art museums—the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
2018 DAMLI Fall Programs Intern

Growing from other successful programs at the Art Institute, including the Mellon Summer Academy and the Teen Council, this new initiative will create a more cohesive and equitable internship structure, increasing the number of Chicago students from underrepresented backgrounds who enter the art museum field and working with students to develop the skills, social and cultural capital, networks, and job awareness essential to careers as future curators and museum leaders. Paid internships will replace previously unpaid internships, inviting participation by a larger number of teens, undergraduates, and graduate students, and breaking down barriers of participation. By establishing a more robust mentor training program for staff supervisors, we seek to transform the culture of the museum and to create a more inclusive and equitable work environment while diversifying the perspectives that we bring to our programs, exhibitions, and research.

Other participating museums include the Andy Warhol Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and in Chicago, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the DuSable Museum of African American History, among others.

Learn more about our internships or apply online.

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