CCL's 2025 Fellowship Program will be Tuition Free

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The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is proud to announce that, with the support of our Board of Trustees, the 2025 Fellowship will be tuition free. This decision is guided by CCL’s core value of equity and continues our efforts to remove access barriers for applicants to our program. We are currently pursuing strategic avenues to make this a permanent change for future years of the Fellowship.

In 2007, aware that boards often did not seriously consider curators for leadership positions, Philanthropist Agnes Gund and Curator Elizabeth Easton founded CCL. Now in its 18th year, CCL’s core Fellowship program encompasses mentorships with museum directors, Columbia Business School coursework, and exposure to a wide network of philanthropic and cultural leaders. CCL aims to shape a generation of diverse, leading curators who are equipped with equity-based leadership training, essential management skills, and supportive professional networks that position them both to advance in their careers and excel in museum leadership positions. With its graduates now at the helm of major art institutions worldwide, CCL’s impact is both deep and broad, lifting the museum field as a whole.

About this decision, Ms. Easton, Director and Co-Founder of CCL, said “In a time where institutions are experiencing all kinds of hardships, we want to make sure that we create the conditions where curators can apply to our landmark program regardless of environmental constraints. This initiative embodies CCL’s commitment to creating a curatorial field that is vibrant and sustainable.” Ed Henry, Chair of the Board, added “The Board of Trustees is proud to support this effort to bring greater equity to the museum leadership track.”

CCL recognizes that this change may open new opportunities for curators from many backgrounds and geographies who were previously unable to apply to our program, and in light of that fact we are extending our application deadline to July 22, 2024.