Organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC), the Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) was created in 1994 to increase the representation, documentation, research, knowledge and interpretation of Latino art, culture and history. This program focuses on developing museum practice within a framework of Latino cultural studies and is offered in two parts.
The first component (July 2 – July 13) is designed to enhance leadership, research and creative skills through a series of lectures, workshops, interactive discussions and behind-the-scenes tours of Smithsonian museums and collections. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian professionals. Curators, researchers, historians, archivists and professors will lead interactive and lively tours and discussions providing participants a unique opportunity to see and hear first-hand the best practices in museums and cultural centers. Additionally, the program will provide an ideal platform to promote the diverse perspectives, fields of study, ethnic backgrounds and experiences of the participants and the faculty.
Applicants have the opportunity to apply for one of ten practicum projects (July 14 – August 10) that will be offered on a competitive basis. Selected participants will remain in Washington to work with a Smithsonian unit on a specific research project. This year the SLC is excited to partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation located in Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian Affiliated Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, FL to offer two additional projects. Smithsonian units participating in the practicum include: Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. See below for a complete list and description of practicum
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