The Center for Art & Archaeology (CA&A) of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) is organizing a 5–day Virtual Workshop on Museum Collections and Visitor Engagement (November 30–December 4, 2020), supported by the U.S. Mission to India, New Delhi. This workshop has been developed based on the recommendations of the White Paper that resulted from the U.S. Embassy supported All Indian Museum Summit 2019, and which was presented to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in November 2019.
This will be the second of two workshops within the U.S.–India Professional Collaboration initiative towards sharing U.S. and Indian best practices in museum curation. The focus of this virtual workshop in November–December will be documentation and digitization of collections; preventive conservation; conceptualization and execution of exhibitions as well as visitor experience and public engagement. Participants will take part in course work, which will be critiqued and they will create an educational program for an exhibition. There will be a teaching component as well as lectures by leading experts.
Fifteen museum professionals holding curatorial positions will be selected to participate in this workshop. Selection will be rigorous and through an equity and inclusion perspective, regardless of the applicant’s background, affiliation or personal circumstances.
Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan Art from the Art Institute of Chicago will lead this workshop. The experience of the participants will be further enhanced by special lectures presented by leading field experts.
Instruction during the sessions via the Zoom platform will be both in English and Hindi to make the workshop accessible to people of different backgrounds and language abilities.
Last date for submitting the application form is Monday, October 5, 2020.