Leading Change and Exploring Digital in Art Collections
This spring Smithsonian Affiliations will continue its enhanced Visiting Professionals Program (VPP) and welcome 10 new participants to the program. Building on the learning experiences offered to Affiliate staff members last year, the 2019 program will bring together a new cohort of mid-level professionals from across the Affiliate network.
With support from the Getty Foundation, the VPP will continue to reach a diverse group of practitioners working in organizations with art collections and serving (or aspiring to serve) diverse audiences. The program provides more in-depth access to Smithsonian subject and technical experts, resources and collections, and allows participants the time and support to tackle a pre-identified challenge for their organization. The 2019 program will equip participants with the necessary skills to create buy-in, lead change management at their organization and send them home with tools and strategies to effectively address their challenge.
The 2019 VPP will continue to focus on programmatic uses of digital technology with art collections and leading change at an organization. Participants will tackle best practices in digital media development, design and delivery, with an emphasis on using digital media to provide greater access to and engagement with the visual arts.
Each participant will come to the program with a specific project or challenge relating to art collections and digital program design and delivery linked to their organization’s strategic plan or priority. Throughout the two-week program, participants will work on their challenge with guidance and support from Smithsonian colleagues and the VPP cohort, and return to their Affiliate organizations with a framework for implementing a solution.