M.LiT Application Information and Submission

Museum Leaders in Training (M.LiT) 2021⁠–⁠2022: Start Space

Our Museum Leaders in Training (M.Lit) program is scheduled to happen on campus and in-person. If COVID19 restrictions are put back in place, all workshops will be moved online. We will notify applicants by email if the format of the program changes.

Museum Leaders in Training (M.LiT) is a twelve-week career development and leadership-training program for students in grades 8–12. Participants explore museum careers and serve as advisors in the development of other teen programs at VMFA. With the help of guest lecturers and VMFA staff, teens learn team building, research, and other skills that prepare them for employment. They also network with peers, mentors, and museum professionals. The 2021–22 M.LiT program curriculum will focus on designing and developing the WestRock Art Education Center’s Start Space, centering on the themes of identity and representation. This space will also complement the upcoming Interactive Gallery installation, which will be on view April–November 2022.

Participants in the program will explore these same questions together over the course of the program, and will work with Education, Interpretation, and Exhibition staff on how to best engage VMFA audiences in similar themes of identity and representation within the Start Space.

Training sessions occur weekly on Thursday evenings. Specific dates and times are outlined below, and a syllabus will be presented at orientation. Any changes will be communicated with applicants via email.

Program Orientation: Thursday, September 30, 2021 6 – 7:30 pm, Leslie Cheek Theater
Workshops: Thursdays, October 7, 2021 – January 13, 2022, 5:30–8:30 pm, Pauley Center Studios
Holiday Breaks: November 25, December 23, and December 30, 2021
Presentations and Recognition Ceremony: Friday, January 21, 2022 *date/time subject to change


All Call for Applications: Monday, August 9, 2021
Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 by midnight
Applicants will be notified of decision by Friday, September 24, 2021

Submission Guidelines

In addition to your application form, please submit a written statement and letter of recommendation (not a family member) of the following:

Personal Essay – Required

Your personal essay should be in response to the following prompt. Keep the helpful writing tips below in mind:

  • Carefully read and follow all directions.
  • Do not exceed the maximum word-count.
  • Be straightforward and confident
  • Proofread your work

Prompt: In 500 to 1,000 words, describe your interest in this year’s project and also describe a time when you worked together with one or more people on a project or toward a shared goal.

In your response please consider the following:

  • What makes you interested in this year’s theme? What experiences and/or skills do you bring to the topic?
  • Describe your role as an individual within the group and as a member of the group?
  • How did the group make decisions about how to share responsibilities?
  • What made your group successful?
  • In hindsight, is there anything that could have improved the way your group worked together?

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Recommendations (non-family members)Required

Choose a professional/personal reference (teacher, coach, supervisor, scout leader, etc.) who is not related to you who can provide details about you that include:

  • Performance as a student
  • Aptitude and industriousness
  • Maturity and seriousness of purpose
  • Level of commitment and ability to follow through
  • Leadership abilities and/or experience
  • Character

Copy and share this link to your teacher for online submission of teacher recommendations: https://vmfa.formstack.com/forms/teen_programs_recommendation_form

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