Welcome to CurCom

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Mission

A Professional Network Committee of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), CurCom's mission is to support the work of curators through programs, activities and advocacy. CurCom, since 1989, advocates for curators at the national level, sponsors annual professional recognition and competition awards, provides fellowship opportunities for curators and promotes the development of curatorial program sessions for the AAM Annual Meeting in the areas of acquisition, research, interpretation, exhibition, collection care and ethics.

What is a Curator?

Today the words curate and curator are being widely used and hotly debated. Are we all curators? What does it mean to curate a collection, an exhibition, or a website? Beyond collection work, today’s curator engages the community by fostering ¬†civic, social and cultural dialogue of ideas and creativity through public examination, interaction, research, ¬†interpretation and exhibition of arts, sciences and humanities collections.

CurCom seeks to advance and expand this dialogue by demonstrating through our programs and initiatives that the traditional definition of curator as collector and researcher falls short of capturing the breadth of today's dynamic field. We seek the input and energy of curators who are ready to embrace audience research, investigate new technology, expand access to collections, champion universal design, and consider new approaches to collecting that challenge traditional notions of ownership, care-taking, and access. We hope you'll join us as we seek to re-imagine the role of museum curator in the 21st century.