My Future Is Calling...

Kimberly Jacobs Start Date: Jul 3, 2017 - End Date: Sep 20, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Professional Development
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

My Travel Story

by: Kimberly Jacobs Start Date: Jul 3, 2017 - End Date: Sep 20, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Professional Development
My future is calling… Will you help me respond?

Dear Friends and Family,
I have been accepted into an extraordinary curatorial program, offered through the Center for Curatorial Excellence at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa beginning in August. During my time at Zeitz MOCAA I will be working alongside expert curators and museum professionals inside “one of the most influential art institutions in the world.” According to CNN: 


This position is also in alignment with my research interests focusing on art from Africa and its diaspora. Therefore, living and working in a location that I've studied deeply will no doubt enhance my curatorial skills tremendously and will put me in a position to further my research and ultimatly reach my career goals.

Even though I have been working hard to secure the necessary expenses to fund my travel to Cape Town, I am shy the amount needed to cover my round trip airfare and travel expenses. That is why I am reaching out to YOU, my mentors, friends, and family members for donations. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity! Anything you can do to help support me in my endeavor is greatly appreciated.

You may also send your donation by mail! Just email me at kimberlytocapetown@gmail.com with any questions or to just share some love and support!


With gratitude,   
Kim
 
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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  • Purpose Of The Curatorial Training Program

    Purpose of the Curatorial Training Program
    The Assistant Curators in the Curatorial Training Program will work with the curatorial team to realise the exhibition program in the lead up to the opening of Zeitz MOCAA in September 2017 and beyond. Through this process they will be exposed to all components of museum practice, engaging with the curatorial department, institutional advancement and external affairs, collections management, art education, conservation, marketing, PR, and operations.
    The museum director leads workshops and seminars on a variety of topics concerning museum practice. Topics discussed are: artists represented in the museum collection, recent thematic debates in contemporary art, philosophical and aesthetic considerations for exhibitions within a museum or gallery environment, methodology for guided tours, climate control and lux levels, conservation and archiving, drawing up condition reports and loan request forms, auction house procedures, production and dissemination of publicity materials, cataloguing, photographic documentation of artwork for catalogues and museum and insurance records, researching provenance of artworks, as well as copyright procedure for the reproduction of artworks.
    The museum’s registrar also works with the Assistant Curators to familiarize them with the procedures of keeping active inventories, storing artwork, filing of works on paper, archiving of visual documentation and digital files, art handling, packing and shipping, and customs formalities.
    Additionally, the Assistant Curators work alongside the museum’s preparators, gaining practical experience in the preparation of exhibition spaces, hanging of artworks, setting of lighting, and labelling of artworks.
    The Assistant Curators are involved in all aspects of the museum, from organizing and producing Zeitz MOCAA’s public programming, including lectures, museum tours and seminars, to hosting visiting museum and special interest groups, and generating educational projects for the local community. After becoming acquainted with the museum they conduct guided tours independently.
    Major collectors visit the museum on a regular basis and interact with the participants individually and as a group, providing insights into collecting and discussing recent developments in contemporary art.
    Fundraising now forms an integral part of any curator’s duties. Candidates participate in all components of the developmental programmes of the museum alongside the Director of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs.
  • About The Curatorial Training Program

    About the Curatorial Training Program
    The Curatorial Training Programme, offered through the Centre for Curatorial Excellence at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), provides practicing professionals or recent graduates the benefit of gaining practical curatorial experience and skills by participating in all components of a functioning contemporary art museum. The programme provides an intensive period of intellectual stimulation through individual research and dialogue with colleagues, artists, collectors and art professionals. Over 50 International Counsellors along with Zeitz MOCAA staff teach the Curatorial Training Programme and visits to artists’ studios, commercial galleries, conferences, and lectures are central to the programme. Upon graduating, the Assistant Curators are prepared for a career working as a curator, collections manager, conservator, development officer, or museum educator in a museum, commercial art gallery, publication, foundation, or corporate collection. In keeping with Zeitz MOCAA’s commitment of Access for All, each and every successful candidate is provided with a scholarship. The Assistant Curators are financially supported by ten local and international Foundations and individuals.

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