Delivering Digital Programs with Art Collections
October 29-November 9, 2018
This fall Smithsonian Affiliations will introduce a new Visiting Professionals Program (VPP). Building on the learning opportunities offered to Affiliate staff members since 2002, this new program will bring together a cohort of 10 mid-level professionals from across the Affiliate network.
With support from the Getty Foundation, the updated VPP aims to reach a more diverse group of practitioners working in organizations with art collections and serving (or aspiring to serve) diverse audiences. The program is designed to provide more in-depth access to Smithsonian subject and technical experts, resources and collections, allow participants the time and support to tackle a pre-identified challenge for their organization, and equip them with tools and strategies to return home to effectively address the challenge.
The 2018 VPP will focus on programmatic uses of digital technology with art collections, including 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.