The Getty Foundation launched the Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals, a new pilot program designed to address a critical need for full-time early-career work in art museums and nonprofit institutions for individuals from historically underrepresented groups.
These two-year positions at 10 arts institutions in Los Angeles will provide meaningful entry-level employment and mentoring critical to building a lasting art career, and will be available to alumni of the long-standing Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship Program. Each participating institution will have the option to extend candidates’ roles for a third year. Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals will be the nation’s first program exclusively dedicated to early-career positions at multiple institutions in the same region.
Collecting and presenting arts organizations hosting early career professionals include the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Armory Center for the Arts, Autry Museum of the American West, Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, Hammer Museum, The Hammer Museum. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), One Archives at USC Libraries, Self Help Graphics and Art, and Skirball Cultural Center. The Getty will also host two posts: one at the Getty Museum and one at the Getty Research Institute.
“We hope to accomplish two things with this program,” said Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation. “We’re investing in emerging professionals who want to build their careers in the arts, and we’re supporting organizations with a strong commitment to diversifying their workforce. Such concerted efforts are necessary if we are to bring new voices and perspectives to our cultural institutions.”
“Museums should be ecosystems where talented, creative people of all backgrounds thrive while contributing to the evolution of culture. Giving early-career individuals the opportunity to learn and work in a supportive environment is an important step in expanding our field and remaining relevant. To our community, ” said Johanna Barton, Maurice Marciano Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). “Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals grants meaningfully align MOCA’s experience at all levels to develop the highest standards of museum practice and support industry professionals as they grow in their careers. We are grateful and honored to be a part of this historic and timely program.”
Since 1993, Getty Marrow Internships have provided paid, full-time summer work opportunities for college undergraduates from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in museum and visual arts organizations. In 2020, the Getty Foundation released a comprehensive report assessing the cumulative impact of more than 3,000 Getty Marrow internships since the program’s inception and found that nearly a third of alumni have gone on to careers in the visual arts, many of whom are now in executive leadership positions in Los Angeles and elsewhere. .
“My own Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship changed my life and shaped my career in so many rewarding ways, so I realize how important an impact these opportunities have had,” said Sonja Wang Leon, Vice President, Registration and Collections Management at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. , who will work closely with his museum’s emerging professional hires. “The Academy Museum is honored to be part of this community of arts organizations that work together to help a wave of diverse professionals get the strong start needed to thrive in the arts.”
The Getty Marrow Report also noted that although Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the country, the professionals in permanent positions at museums across the county still do not reflect this diversity. Getty Marrow highlights the challenges alumni face early in their careers in finding meaningful full-time employment necessary to build a solid foundation for future career development—something this new program directly addresses.
The new emerging professional program will include a strong mentoring component, peer-to-peer networking for participants and a professional development stipend for customized learning to fit each individual’s needs.
“As a Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship alumnus, I am happy to be in a position to share the knowledge I have gained from my mentors along my journey,” said Heber Rodriguez, exhibition program production manager at the Armory Center for the Arts. “Active mentorship and continuous professional development are critical components of the lifting-a-way-climb model of support for the next generation of industry professionals.”
The program will include 11 positions that span three core areas of the museum’s work: collection care and management; education, interpretation, public programming and community engagement; and curatorial practice.
Positions are open to emerging professionals seeking careers in art museums and visual arts organizations who are alumni of the Getty Marrow Internship Program. Partner organizations will be responsible for recruitment beginning this summer, and all participants are expected to be in place by January 2023. Below is a list of all participating institutions and location titles:
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Assistant Registrar, Permanent Collection
Armory Center for the Arts, Public Programs Associate
Autry Museum of the American West, Repatriation Assistant
Benton Museum of Art, Pomona College, Curatorial Assistant
Getty Museum, Location information will be announced in Fall 2022
Getty Research Institute, Location information will be announced in Fall 2022
Hammer Museum, Assistant Educator
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Programming Assistant
One Archives, Curatorial Assistant at USC Libraries
Self-help graphics and art, education and public program coordinator
Skirball Cultural Center, exhibit coordinator
All positions will be linked to the Getty website as applications are posted.