IDEAL Internship Fellowships awarded to Drexel University’s Atwater Kent Collection, New Orleans Historical Collection and Backstreet Cultural Museum, MFA Boston, and Newport Restoration Foundation
– Inaugural Decorative Arts Trust Fund Grants Support Young Researchers
The Decorative Arts Trust announced that the Atwater Kent Collection from Drexel University; The New Orleans Historical Collection and the Backstreet Cultural Museum; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Newport Restoration Foundation are the first recipients of the IDEAL internship grants.
Part of the Trust’s growing program of emerging scholars, IDEAL internships focus on inclusiveness, diversity, equity, access and leadership. Internship scholarships are awarded to non-profit institutions and require a strong mentoring component.
“The Decorative Arts Trust works to improve access to curatorial careers for students of color as a path to achieving systemic change,” says Matthew Thurlow, Executive Director of the Trust. “These partners were selected based on the impact of the internship, which will provide students with experience and stipends while providing host organizations with the opportunity to continue meaningful discussions on inclusion, diversity and equity. . “
Drexel University manages the collection of the former Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent, which closed in 2018. Drexel’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships is conducting a multi-year evaluation of the Atwater Kent Collection in addition of 133,000 works of art and other objects. The intern will focus on exhibitions showcasing little-known objects for the galleries of the Peck Alumni Center and the Pearlstein Gallery.
The New Orleans Historical Collection (THNOC), in partnership with the Backstreet Cultural Museum, is seeking an intern to deepen the study and preservation of Indian Mardi Gras costumes. The intern will catalog a newly acquired costume, document its history by interviewing the artist, plan a permanent storage solution, prepare the costume for display in an upcoming exhibition, and write an article for online publication.
The intern at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will focus on a gallery relocation project that explores the connections between art, modern design, and jazz in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The intern will help research objects, develop interpretive texts, lead gallery tours and host programs to involve a range of communities in the project.
The Newport Restoration Foundation will hire an intern to analyze its 18th century furniture collection at the Whitehorne House Museum. The intern will work with interpretation staff to address the absences of African heritage artisans (both slave and free) as well as the Narragansett peoples in the material culture of Newport during colonial times.
The Decorative Arts Trust is a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the appreciation and study of the decorative arts by exchanging information through national and international programs; collaborate and establish partnerships with museums and preservation organizations; and the purchase of internships, research grants and scholarships for graduate students and young professionals. Learn more about the Trust on decorationartstrust.org or by contacting [email protected] or 610.627.4970.