Fellows @ Curationist Program

Building the Curationist Fellows Program

We are developing and piloting a Curationist Fellows Program to connect Curationist to free knowledge, critical pedagogy communities, and interactive, intercultural, open educational resources. We are building a community of learners, seekers, and thinkers, working together to explore and expand OpenGLAM/Creative Commons content–and its global contexts.

Collaborative curation of open access cultural heritage content has great potential to advance and expand educational opportunities. What does it mean to open or free knowledge? Many movements around the world are currently asking and tackling this question. Curationist joins these movements by focusing our attention on art and cultural heritage. How can the treasury of quality digital content, verified and cared for by galleries, libraries, archives, and museums, be freed by open access policies without reproducing cultural appropriation and erasures?

Piloting Graduate Fellows @ Curationist

We deliberately launched and are piloting our Fellows program with graduate students first–the unsung heroes and intellectual sparks of academia. We are currently seeking funding to support this Graduate Fellows program. 

In the meantime, we have had the honor of working with four preliminary Graduate Fellows who are using Curationist for their community-based practicum of capstone action-research projects:

1) Jing Cui – Before she joined the Museum Studies program of the University of Toronto in 2018, Jing Cui had been a museum publisher for 15 years. She co-founded London Editions (HK) Limited and published more than 30 publications in eight languages, with 15 major museums in China. She is passionate about how art and culture are presented to the public, and is ready to explore the potential of intercultural dialogue through exhibitions of various forms.

2) Andrés de los Ríos – Andrés is a University of Toronto graduate student dedicated to improving digital tools and cultural spaces through human-centered innovation. He is also interested in exploring the multidisciplinary impact of AI through different social and professional perspectives, all in hopes of promoting fairness and transparency by design across new technologies.

3) Francisca Rudolph – Francisca Rudolph is an arts administrator and independent curator currently pursuing dual Masters degrees in Art History and Arts Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her work explores the digital dissemination of art historical information in order to disrupt the colonial narratives that are part of museology and the internet.

4) Magali Delgado – Magali majored in Mechatronics Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In September 2019, she joined the Master of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto. Her professional career was always focused on meeting customer expectations and providing quality services. As a museum professional she wants to continue with that focus and propose innovative exhibitions that are user-centered and that engage the community.

Drawing upon their original research, Fellows’ work across and beyond academic disciplines, to situate and connect free knowledge and cultural heritage for public good. As public scholars, they help us hone and actualize collaborative curation towards an Internet that reflects the plurality of cultures that constitute global. 

Fundraising for Community Research, Faculty & Librarian Fellows

We seek funding to launch our Community Research Fellows program. Here, we deliberately expand beyond academia to work with public scholars conducting research at non-profits, civil society organizations, and community knowledge centers–as well as universities. Community Research Fellows expand the knowledges and ways of knowing, on the Curatationist platform and community. With these Fellows, we’ll be asking and answering a number of pressing questions in the open knowledge world: how can Curationist facilitate research and methodologies that complement, and expand, Creative Commons and public domain content? How can we widen and diversify standard academic archives, libraries, datasets, and canons? How can Curationist serve as a platform for expansive, dialogic community archiving? 

We also seek to support Faculty Fellows to help craft the Open Educational Resources possible on Curationist to develop useful curricular tools for interactive, intercultural, open pedagogy in higher education. We aim for university teachers to incorporate Curationist into their lessons, courses, and curriculum, from geography to museum studies. Faculty Fellows would help guide and deepen the pedagogical potential of the Curationist platform and community. 

Academia is at an open access tipping point–and engaged librarians are leading the way. We aim to support a Librarian Fellows program to help shape how the Curationist platform could advance higher education transitions, toward open access and open source academic publishing, licensing, circulation, searches, and procurement. How could an interactive platform for co-curation of Creative Commons content advance the new terrains of open, online, collective analysis, classification, and distribution? In short, we seek emerging scholars, graduate students, community-based researchers, faculty, and librarians to join our community.

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, PhD – Educational & Academic Advisor, MHz Foundation

A cultural geographer, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace is an Associate Professor at American University School of International Service in Washington DC, where she researches and teaches agricultural and environmental policy. Her forthcoming book The Power of Seeds & Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity (MIT Press), explores the cultural memory of seed saving, intellectual property, biopolitics, and the colonial origins of conservation. As open education advisor for Curationist, she is excited to be applying and expanding these lines of inquiry in the digital cultural curation realm.

Interested in collaborating on the Curationist Fellows program? Join us! [email protected]

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