Museum Education Practicum

The Studio Museum in Harlem is offering the Spring 2023 Museum Education Practicum as an online course for the upcoming season. We are excited to continue to provide this dynamic and relevant digital program for cultural practitioners eager to explore the intersection of art and education through the lens of the Studio Museum.

Applicants must have an interest or background in the following fields: Art History, Arts Education, Art Criticism, Museum Studies, Museum Education, Master of Fine Arts or Africana Studies.

All applicants must be able to commit to Wednesday evenings (5:00–7:30pm EST) throughout the duration of the 10-week program from May 3, 2023 to July 5, 2023. The program uses Zoom for weekly meetings and Google Classroom as a learning platform for distributing readings and essential communications.  

To apply, submit the following materials in one PDF by 11:59 PM on Monday, March 27, 2023:

  • Resume
  • A link to your portfolio or a writing sample from the past six months (maximum 2 pages)
  • A statement of intent that specifically answers the following three questions clearly (maximum 2 pages):
    • Describe your interest in the museum as a site for education. Why are you interested in the museum versus other educational models (i.e. classroom, etc.)
    • Please specify your areas of interest and their relationship to the Studio Museum’s mission, collection, and programming. How will you contribute to your cohort and the Museum as a whole?
    • What are your career goals and how can this program help you accomplish these goals? Please discuss an example, from your academic or professional career, that illustrates these goals.


Please submit your application materials in one PDF to by March 27, 2023, with the subject line: Museum Education Practicum Application.

At The Studio Museum in Harlem, we believe that behind every transformative educational experience is a seasoned educator. The Museum Education Practicum provides an in-depth look at museum education from the guidance of the Studio Museum’s knowledgeable educators. This course is designed to provide emerging museum and arts educators with an intensive training program. The curriculum includes seminars, professional talks, presentations and opportunities to learn about our education programs. Participants also gain firsthand experience facilitating and developing tactics and strategies that deal with adult, school, youth, and family audiences. While exploring both theory and practice, participants will enter into a very specific conversation around artists of African descent, contemporary art practice, and programmatic strategies.

Participants gain:

  • Opportunity to be a part of the next generation of scholars and educators
  • Experience building art-based curriculum
  • Teaching experience based on inquiry-driven museum education models
  • Access to museum professionals, leading curators, scholars, and academics
  • Opportunity to earn academic credit



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