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October 25, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Awarded $200,000 Grant For Curatorial Internships from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to support a pilot program of curatorial internships within the Division of Collections, Conservation and Museums.

“By helping prepare future curators and researchers, this grant will help us meet our own needs for expert staff members,” said Colin G. Campbell, Colonial Williamsburg’s president and CEO. “More importantly, it helps us fulfill our responsibility to the greater museum community by adding significantly to the pool of highly qualified professionals for museum careers.”

The grant money will be used to fund a total of 12 internships over the course of four years. Three internships will be full-time year-long internships and intended for graduate students. Nine internships will be three months long and intended for undergraduate students.

Each intern will focus on a specific aspect of the study of material culture in the fields of fine art, decorative art, folk art, architectural collections or archaeological collections. Specific disciplines include: furniture, prints and maps, paintings and drawings, sculpture, ceramics and glass, metals, mechanical arts, numismatics, musical instruments, toys, textiles and costumes, archaeological artifacts, zooarchaeological materials and architectural artifacts.

To fulfill pilot program requirements, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will partner with a number of leading academic institutions, including the College of William and Mary. Colonial Williamsburg and the college have a substantial history of collaboration on a variety of projects, including the National Institute for American History and Democracy, and the college’s doctoral program in American History.

With long-term plans to attract the best curatorial talent from across the United States and abroad, Colonial Williamsburg also will seek interested students at other schools that focus on the study of material culture.

In addition to providing intern stipends, portions of the grant also will be used for professional development, research and travel expenses appropriate to the individual internships.

Over the past 30 years, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made generous grants to Colonial Williamsburg in support of the Mellon Endowed Conservation Fund, the Urban Cultural Atlas and Digital Library, and computer graphic programs.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s grantmaking philosophy is to build, strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities through thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients. The Mellon Foundation’s program for art museums and art conservation supports basic research to enable curators, conservators and other professionals to devote intensive study to the objects in their care and to make their knowledge and professional expertise available to others in new and in more traditional ways.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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