• Natalie Marsh

ViVA to be featured in College Art Association's RAAMP series

ViVA was recently contacted by the College Art Association’s RAAMP (Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals) Program with a very special invitation to be the feature of a ninth and final Video Practica. This grant-funded series of video interviews of academic museum professionals – executive directors, academic curators and museum educators, curators – set out “to explore the challenges that museum professionals face at their institutions, as well as the strategies, processes, and solutions they use to solve them.” Past practica have covered topics ranging from museum visit and course assessment tools and integrating museum collection objects into interdisciplinary college curricula to articulating and advocating for a museum’s mission on a campus and leveraging campus partnerships, among others. The series is co-created through a collaboration between RAAMP’s “stakeholder” institutions, CAA Committees, and partner organizations with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Kress Foundation. RAAMP also features a repository of supplemental readings, references, and other related material; a toolkit of publicly accessible resources for academic art museum staff to use in their own advocacy and mission-based outreach on and off campus.

RAAMP was first conceived in response to a 2013 College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference session organized by CAA’s Museum Committee titled: “The Position of Academic Programs in Campus Art Museums: What, Why, Who, and Where To?” Those who attended the session noted how valuable it would be to have a central place to share and exchange information and best practices. Two years later, CAA received support from the Mellon Foundation to launch RAAMP.

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