The Center accepts applications from curators currently working in North American art museums and International institutions. The group comprises approximately ten carefully selected fellows each year; all of whom have significant curatorial experience. Mentoring is a key element of the program. Directors and trustees from museums across the United States and Europe serve as mentors and residency hosts to the Fellows, enhancing the learning outside of the classroom.
The curriculum consists of a combination of "teaching" and "doing." Professors from Columbia Business School teach concentrated academic courses in non-profit management, finance, negotiation, board development, and strategic long-range and short-term initiatives. Engagements with museum directors, administrators, civic officials, and other cultural leaders provide hands-on instruction and provoke rich dialogue.
The program combines readings, direct teaching, individual practice and team projects. The following areas are important topics addressed by the program:
- Change Management
- Decision Making
- Managing Up
- Financial Management
- Managerial Accounting
- Conflict Resolution
- Organizational Alignment
- Leading Teams
- A two-week intensive program in New York each January that includes teaching (led by faculty members from Columbia University Business School) and practical exposure and assignments (to be provided by museums, cultural institutions, and other civic organizations across the city)
- A mentorship/residency with a museum director from an institution different from the fellow’s home institution.
- A student mentoring project, assigned in January, to cover the span of the fellowship.
- A one-week program in June that includes instruction, coaching, and presentation of team assignment
The 2015 tuition is $2,500 per Fellow to cover a portion of the program expenses. The CCL will absorb the rest of the cost of travel, hotel, and other expenses related to the program. Tuition assistance will be available to all accepted candidates on an as-need basis; it is strongly encouraged, however, that museums support the professional development of their curators and underwrite the tuition fee.