The CCL believes in the increasing need for curators to learn new skills that are essential in the new museum climate. The aim of the Fellows program is to “create a new kind of curator, one who is able to take responsibility for the art in his or her care, and who is also capable of handling the internal and external managerial responsibilities integral to their institution.” Located in New York City, the Center draws upon the rich resources of museums and academic institutions there.
The 10 Fellows are carefully chosen from all levels and areas of the curatorial profession, though most have a decade or more of experience. Mentoring is a key element of the program. Directors and trustees from museums around the country serve in an advisory role and participate in curriculum development.