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The Business of Culture Lecture Series

The lecture series organized by M&S minor Elizabeth Dowdle ’11 addresses the role of cultural institutions in the 21st century. Talks discuss questions related to technology, global relations, law and ethics, and strategic planning. Click to learn more.


Museums and Society Program to Grow with Mellon Grant

A grant of $484,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow the Program in Museums and Society at The Johns Hopkins University to expand both its course offerings and its staff. With support from the grant, four new courses taught by curators at three Baltimore museums will be added to the roster of the […]


Best Career 2011: Curator

US News and World Report recently released its list of the 50 best careers of 2011, naming curator among the top. The reasoning—strong growth over the next decade. The report cites a Labor Department study that indicates that the number of curators will rise 23% over the next few years. Curators must be prepared for daily […]


Student Collaboration at the BMA

Each semester, the Program in Museums and Society offers unique opportunities for undergraduates to study in and around local museums and with museum professionals. In the spring of 2010, for example, 12 students had the chance to turn their classroom work into a real-life exercise, developing public programming for the Baltimore Museum of Art’s exhibition […]


2011 Arts Innovation Grants

Museums and Society has been awarded two Arts Innovation Grants! Earle Havens, Curator for Early Books and Manuscripts, will use his grant to support the final project of students in a fall 2011 undergraduate course focused on printed books and the tradition of the Wunderkammer. And student Laura Somenzi’s grant will support her Woodrow-Wilson Fellowship […]


Panel Discussion: Collecting Non-Western Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art presents a panel discussion entitled Collecting Non-Western Art this Sunday, September 19, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Garden Room. A scholar, dealer, and collectors will offer their unique perspectives on collecting. Included in the panel is Dr. Yaëlle Biro, Assistant Curator for the Arts of Africa at the Metropolitan Museum […]


The Wandering Lives of Museum Objects

Elizabeth Rodini and Walters Art Museum postdoctoral fellow Ben Tilghman helped students research the “back stories” of objects in the Walters. Read the article in Arts & Sciences Magazine.


April 16: Collections and Communities: Baltimore Today

Baltimore-based group of curators, artists, and collectors engage local audiences to facilitate conversations on a range of issues of concern to non-profit institutions, from how to build collections that meet the needs of a museum and the expectations of its visitors to how to make historical collections relevant to today’s audiences, and from the virtues […]


Course Blog: Critical Issues in Art Conservation

The current course “Critical Issues in Art Conservation,” taught by Sanchita Balachandran, has been maintaining a blog all semester. Students have contributed posts and comments on diverse topics, from the benefits and risks of art restoration, to the use of imaging technology to uncover knowledge about original works of art, to the consequences of mistakes […]


Community Symposium, April 16

The Program in Museums and Society is hosting a community symposium, “Collections and Communities: Baltimore Today.” A panel of distinguished local museum professionals will discuss the challenges and opportunities museums face as they seek to make their collections more accessible, engaging, and relevant to local audiences. The discussion will have ample time for questions from […]