Challenge Programs: Humanities Access Grants

Period of Performance

5/1/2016 - 9/30/2021

Funding Totals (matching)

$100,000.00 (approved)
$100,000.00 (offered)
$50,000.00 (awarded)

Internships in Curatorial Studies

FAIN: ZH-252976-17

Spelman College (Atlanta, GA 30314-4399)
Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (Project Director: May 2016 to December 2021)
Anne Collins Smith (Project Director: December 2021 to July 2023)

Paid museum internships for ten Spelman students annually. These internships will be eight to ten weeks long during the summer to complement course offerings in curatorial studies.

Spelman College requests an NEH Access Challenge Grant to support, expand, formalize, and sustain the Spelman College Museum Internship Program. Spelman College students have a strong track record of securing paid summer internships in major museums. While museums commonly offer unpaid internships, they are serious barriers for many Spelman students who require paid opportunities during the summer. This program allows students to build upon the experiences that they have had at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art during the academic year, bringing art historical knowledge to bear beyond the classroom, and gaining practical proficiencies that inform career decisions. Now, with its recent launch of the Curatorial Studies Program, Spelman College is more committed than ever to helping to create a pipeline of future museum leaders and, over time, increasing the diversity of the field. The Museum Internship Program is a significant component of this effort.

Media Coverage

Small but Mighty: Spelman College Museum (Review)
Author(s): Liam Sweeney
Publication: Ithaka S+R
Date: 6/7/2018

Associated Products

Pipeline is a Verb: Field Notes on the Spelman College Curatorial Studies Pilot Program (Book Section)
Title: Pipeline is a Verb: Field Notes on the Spelman College Curatorial Studies Pilot Program
Author: Andrea Barnwell Brownlee
Editor: Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph.D.
Editor: Laura Lott
Editor: Frances Grant
Abstract: In this edited volume thought leaders in the museum field contemplate the field's struggles with diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. For the first time, these watershed essays, keynote addresses, and data are gathered in one resource, so we can learn from recent history and build on these leaders' work in the next decade.
Year: 2019
Primary URL:
Access Model: Print and ebook
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Book Title: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, & Inclusion in Museums