The Getty Foundation’s new program funds essential early-career jobs to diversify the arts – 71Bait

Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals is the nation’s first program of its scale and will support positions at 10 Los Angeles arts institutions, including the Academy Museum, MOCA, ONE Archives and more

The Getty Foundation has created Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals, a new pilot program designed to meet the urgent need for full-time, early-career jobs in art museums and non-profit organizations for individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

These two-year positions at 10 Los Angeles arts institutions provide meaningful entry-level employment and mentoring critical to building lasting arts careers and are available to graduates of the long-standing Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program. Each participating institution has the option to extend the candidates’ roles for a third year. Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals will be the first program in the country dedicated solely to coordinated entry-level positions at multiple institutions in the same region.

Art collecting and display organizations hosting the young professionals include the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Armory Center for the Arts, Autry Museum of the American West, Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, Hammer Museum , The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in USC Libraries, Self Help Graphics & Art and the Skirball Cultural Center. Getty will also host two positions: one at the Getty Museum and one at the Getty Research Institute.

“We hope to do two things with this program,” says Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation. “We invest in emerging professionals who want to pursue their careers in the arts, and we support institutions with a strong commitment to diversifying their workforce. Coordinated efforts like this are necessary if we are to bring new voices and perspectives to our cultural institutions.”

“Museums should be ecosystems where talented, creative people from diverse backgrounds thrive while contributing to the development of culture. Providing entry-level professionals with the opportunity to learn and work in a supportive environment is a critical step in expanding our field and staying relevant to our communities,” said Johanna Burton, The Maurice Marciano Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art ( MOCA). “The Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals Scholarship is a meaningful fit with MOCA’s commitment to developing the highest standards of museum practice at all levels of experience and to supporting arts professionals as they grow in their careers. We are grateful and honored to be part of this historic and timely program.”

Since 1993, Getty Marrow internships have provided paid, full-time summer work opportunities for college students from backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in museums and fine arts organizations. In 2020, the Getty Foundation released a comprehensive report to assess the cumulative impact of more than 3,000 Getty Marrow internships since the program began, noting that nearly a third of the alumni had pursued a career in the fine arts, from several of which are now in executive positions in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

“Having my own Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship has changed my life and shaped my career in many fruitful ways, so I understand the meaningful impact these opportunities have,” said Sonja Wong Leaon, vice president, registration and collections administration at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures . who will work closely with the junior staff of her museum. “The Academy Museum is honored to be part of this community of arts organizations working together to help a wave of diverse professionals get the strong start they need to succeed in the arts.”

The Getty Marrow report also found that while Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the country, professionals in permanent positions in museums across the county still do not reflect that diversity. Getty Marrow alumni highlighted the challenges they faced early in their careers in finding meaningful, full-time employment needed to lay a solid foundation for future career development – issues that this new program directly addresses.

The new Emerging Professionals program will include a strong mentoring component, peer-to-peer networking for participants and a professional development grant for tailored learning, tailored to each individual’s needs.

“As a graduate of the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship, I’m excited to share the knowledge I’ve gained from my mentors along the journey,” said Heber Rodriguez, executive producer of the exhibition program at the Armory Center for the Arts. “Active mentoring and continuous professional development are important elements of the lifting-as-we-climb model of supporting the next generation of creators.”

The program includes 11 positions covering three core areas of museum work: collection care and management; education, interpretation, public programming and community engagement; and curatorial practice.

Positions are open to aspiring professionals who wish to pursue a career in art museums and fine arts organizations and are graduates of the Getty Marrow Internship Program. Partner organizations will be responsible for recruitment starting this summer and all participants are expected to be on site by January 2023.

Below is a list of all participating institutions and position titles. All positions will be linked on Getty’s website as applications are posted.

  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Deputy Chancellor, Permanent Collection
  • Armory Center for the Arts, Public Programs Staff
  • Autry Museum of the American West, Repatriation Assistant
  • Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, Assistant Curator
  • Getty Museum, location information will be announced in fall 2022
  • Getty Research Institute, location information to be announced in fall 2022
  • Hammer Museum, auxiliary educator
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), programming assistant
  • Self-help Graphics and Arts, Education and Public Programs Coordinator
  • Skirball Cultural Center, exhibition coordinator
  • USC Libraries/ONE Archives, Assistant Curator

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