Latino Museum Studies Program
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2015 Latino Museum Studies Program
June 29 - August 1, 2015

Program Overview

The Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) was created in 1994 to increase the representation, documentation, research, knowledge and interpretation of Latino art, culture and history. The program focuses on developing museum practice within a framework of Latino cultural studies and is offered in two components.

The first weeklong component is designed to enhance leadership, research and creative skills through a series of lectures, workshops, interactive discussions and behind-the-scenes tours of Smithsonian museums and collections. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian professionals. Curators, researchers, historians, archivists and professors will lead interactive and lively tours and discussions providing participants a unique opportunity to see and hear first-hand the best practices in museums and cultural centers. Additionally, the program will provide an ideal platform to promote the diverse perspectives, fields of study, ethnic backgrounds and experiences of the participants and the faculty.

The second four-week component consists of a practicum project with a selected Smithsonian museum. Applicants are asked to list their top three choices for a project in their application essay. Smithsonian units that offered practicums in 2014 included: Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery and the Anacostia Community Museum. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, based in D.C., also offered one practicum. Complete practicum descriptions will be posted on our website in spring of 2015.

Mission
The Latino Museum Studies Program provides a national forum for graduate students to share, explore and discuss the representation and interpretation of Latino cultures in the context of the American experience. It provides a unique opportunity to meet and engage with Smithsonian professionals, scholars from renowned universities, and with leaders in the museum field.

Goals

  • Share and promote Smithsonian Latino collections and resources
  • Contribute to current research and program development at the Smithsonian
  • Highlight Smithsonian museum practices and methodologies
  • Discuss, explore and expand the methodologies of interpreting visual and material culture in the context of the Latino experience and narrative
  • Develop new ways of thinking and broaden the understanding of fundamental museum issues
  • Create a network among participants, Smithsonian staff, guest faculty and program alumni

Selection Criteria
LMSP is open to graduate students enrolled or engaged in the fields of Latino and Latin American art, culture and history; these include but are not limited to visual arts, sociology, performing arts, literature, cultural anthropology and related studies. Successful candidates should have an active interest in theoretical and practical issues related to museum fields or cultural centers and have original ideas to contribute regarding the representation and interpretation of Latino visual and material culture.

Fees and Expenses
Participation is free and includes accommodations for the duration of the program, as well as the cost of round-trip travel to Washington, D.C. Participants are responsible for all other expenses, including transportation within the city and meals. A modest stipend will be provided to participants who are selected to participate in the four-week practicum component.

Application Process A link to an online application will be posted in early February 2015.

Deadline for Application: 5 pm EST, April 20, 2015