The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Toledo Museum of Art for the design and implementation of a postdoctoral fellowship program that addresses one of the singular challenges facing the field today—preparing tomorrow’s museum leaders.
The new program is unusual in that it blends curatorial work with the interdisciplinary nature of museum operations, according to Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy.
“We will provide mentorship, work experience and broad, cross-departmental learning opportunities that should be of great value to those early in their careers. That blend will give the Fellows broad-based knowledge and experience that is both required and crucial for the next generation of museum leaders,” Kennedy said.
The new initiative actually refreshes a fellows program offered from 1970–78 by the Museum. That program produced 36 graduates, many of whom have since become influential leaders in the field.
Over the coming four years, the grant will enable the Museum to host three Fellows, each of whom will work in the curatorial branch and be involved in expanding public access to the art collections and working with artists.