CCL has established a new model for developing leaders in art museums. Between 2008 and 2016, CCL trained 98 curators who are now accelerating change at all levels in their institutions.
In April 2013, CCL launched an impact assessment to better understand the long-range influence of the program on the lives of the fellows. CCL surveyed alumni to learn about their current aspirations, track how the fellowship contributed to their professional trajectories, and gauge how they were applying the lessons of the curriculum to their current roles.
The data received from the first five classes of fellows (totaling 62 graduates) indicated successes in the following areas:
“The CCL was nothing less than transformative for me. It was refreshingly re-orienting to have my assumptions about museums and non-profit organizations challenged from a perspective of contemporary management theory; to learn from the varied practices of my colleagues at different institutions; and to hear from a panoply of professionals, from government officials, foundation officers and museum directors to prominent collectors and trustees. I emerged a different person.”
“The director’s job description is daunting and the necessary skills are many and often at conflict one with the other. CCL helped me strengthen business skills and it provided me with valuable resources, sometimes by simply giving me the vocabulary to call things by their real names. Above all, though, CCL inspired me to envision myself as the director of a museum.”