M.LiT 2013-14: Museum Leaders in Training

Teen giving tourProfessional Development, An Introduction to Exhibition Design & Curatorial Work

 Learn. Explore. Advise. Discover.

Application Deadline: Feb 7, 2014
Students will be notified of decision by Feb 19, 2014

Participating students (grades 8 – 12) will gain a strong appreciation of the visual arts, in relation to history and culture, in this competitive 12-week, after-school and Saturday program. Throughout the program, they will interact with visiting artists and museum professionals, discover how to recognize the merits of others’ works, build healthy and lasting relationships with peers and instructors, and develop an understanding of the function of art and museums in society. This leadership program is taught through hands-on workshops, insightful lectures, and engaging discussions.

Up to 30 students will be selected based on artistic merit and other qualifications (outlined below).

M.LiT Program Leadership Activities

  • Participate in and actively support and promote VMFA teen initiatives and programs within the community
  • Advise VMFA’s teen program coordinator on the development of teen programs, exhibitions, and incentives
  • Attend and participate in lectures, discussion groups, and leadership training
  • Serve as volunteers through teacher assistantships and community programs
  • Explore the professional roles and functions of museum- and art-related careers
  • Design and curate an exhibition of artwork submitted by Virginia teens. The exhibition will hang at VMFA in the spring of 2014.

M.LiT Program Incentives

  • Free, fun program with exclusive benefits
  • Chance to earn 60+ hours of art-related community service
  • Free student-level membership to VMFA
  • Opportunity to work with exhibition design staff to create an exhibition of artwork created by teens exploring themes related to the VMFA special exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture on view Apr 26 – Jul 27.
  • Experience working with professionals in the field of art and museum studies
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • VMFA Museum Leader Certificate

Qualifications and Requirements

Applicants must be in grades 8 – 12 (rising 8th graders may apply) and are accepted based on artistic merit, writing abilities, completeness of application, or superior teacher recommendations. To successfully complete this 12-week program, M.LiT students must fulfill the following:

» 28 hours of training
» 14 hours of homework and readings
» 22 hours of development, design, and installation of an M.LiT curated exhibition
» 20 hours of summer teacher assistantships during the 2014 Summer ArtVentures Camp series

For more detailed information about the requirements of the M.LiT program please see M.LiT Policies and Guidelines.

For submission details and to apply, visit  M.LiT Application Information and Submission.

M.LiT Calendar

Thu, Mar 6, Orientation | 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Thu, Mar 13 – May 15, Standard Training Sessions | 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Sat, Apr 26 and May 10, Exhibition Planning Sessions  | 10 am – 5 pm

Thu, Apr 17, Go to Work with VMFA Day | 9 am – 5 pm
A unique opportunity for M.LiTers to spend a full eight-hour day at VMFA shadowing a staff person.

Fri, May 16, Teen Talent: Beauty, Body, and Image | 6 – 9 pm

Sat, Jun 14, Summer Orientation | 10 am – noon

Jun 23 – Aug 22, Summer Teacher Assistantships (as scheduled)

NOTE: Scheduling conflicts can be discussed with the program coordinator


Additional Opportunities for M.LiTs

A summer “Teen Ternship” is a paid internship position with the VMFA Education Department. During this experience, the “Teen Tern” will gain experience working in the museum and assisting program coordinators with special activities relating to teen programming at VMFA.

Time commitment: 20 – 25 hours (weekly), Jun 23 – Aug 22 (excluding the week of Jul 4).

To apply: Mail a cover letter and résumé to Jessica Bauserman, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220. In your cover letter, please explain why you would like to be considered for a “Teen Ternship” and the qualities you would bring to the VMFA Education Department. Deadline: Fri, May 16, 2014.  Teen Terns for summer 2014 will be notified of their acceptance by Jun 1, 2014.