CCL launched a diversity mentoring initiative in 2012 to expand the demographic of art museum leaders. Each year curators participating in the core CCL fellowship identify students from underrepresented groups in their local communities who have shown interest in the arts or museums and introduce them to the activities of a curator or museum employee.
CCL fellows meet with leaders in the field of mentoring; Matthew Fasciano, Chief Operating Officer of the Posse Foundation; Kitty Kolbert, Director of Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies; Joe Hall, President of the Ghetto Film School; and John Rice, Founder of Management Leadership for Tomorrow. Each encounter inspires new approaches for engaging young people from diverse groups.
We will continue to address the crucial issue of diversity in art museums and expand our programming so that we can become a model for outreach within the field.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to become a mentor. Working with my mentee Taylor (a ninth-grade student from Baltimore) was an extremely rewarding way to think about how to engage her generation in the museum. Most significantly, it highlighted the importance of personal relationships in shaping one's intellectual future, if not one's career path.”
“In CCL, I was encouraged to learn practical skills, but I was also given the time, space, and input to think about the larger shape of the museum field and to contemplate what kind of leadership role I wanted to play. I came away with the conviction that mentoring the next generation of museum professionals, and helping to open the field to a more diverse range of people, would become my primary mission.”