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Teachers College & American Folk Art Museum: Teaching Fellowship Program

The American Folk Art Museum Teaching Fellowship Program, in partnership with Teachers College, provides graduate students the opportunity to work with and learn from the American Folk Art Museum’s encouraging community of arts professionals, the Museum’s Staff, collection, special exhibitions, and audiences.

This program is offered to graduate students at Teachers College who are currently enrolled. Accepted candidates will teach from the AFAM’s permanent collection and special exhibitions by giving thematic, gallery-based tours, and learn how to make their unique academic knowledge engaging and accessible to the Museum’s diverse and growing audience.

As emerging educators, Teaching Fellows will learn to work with confidence directly from art objects and develop effective communication skills to address the histories that frame these artworks. Teaching Fellows will also strengthen their pedagogical skills, deepen their understanding of visual culture, American history, and the continuum of folk and self-taught art. Within the Learning and Engagement department, Teaching Fellows will be an integral part of the Museum’s work environment.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in art education or a related field at Teachers College. They should also be finishing their coursework or working toward completing their advanced degree.

Please check back for information about the application process for the Teaching Fellowship Program. Have a question? Please email us with “AFAM Teaching Fellowship” in the subject line.

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Image: Sampler; Abigail Wisdom (c. 1790-1878, Nova Scotia); c. 1800; silk on linen; approximately 11 x 9 in. Museum purchase, with partial funds provided by Nancy Kollisch and Jeffrey Pressman.