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Opportunity for Museum Professionals and Cultural Heritage Workers in Nigeria or Cameroon

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Cultural Heritage Forward: A Shared Stewardship and Ethical Returns Exchange Program
DEADLINE: April 10, 2024, 11:59 pm ET
OPPORTUNITY FOR: Museum professionals and cultural heritage workers in Nigeria or Cameroon


The U.S. Department of State and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite applications for Cultural Heritage Forward, a new exchange program for museum professionals and community-based cultural heritage practitioners. Cultural Heritage Forward will:

– examine a range of topics including equity, access, inclusion, shared stewardship, and ethical returns;
– provide technical assistance and professional development for its participants, rooted in a multi-directional exchange of ideas and approaches;
– build the capacity of individuals and institutions to conserve, manage, and display and interpret objects; and
– build and strengthen networks of dialogue around these key topics.

The Department of State and the Smithsonian are excited to invite applications from the following countries to participate in the inaugural exchange cohort: Cameroon, Nigeria, New Zealand, Vietnam, Chile, and Peru.

Program Structure:
The exchange program will involve three distinct phases that take place over two years – a virtual discussion series; an in-person, experiential learning exchange in Washington D.C.; and a follow-on, hybrid applied learning period. Participants will be partnered with a Smithsonian unit that will serve as host and organize significant parts of the shared learning program. Specifically:

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) will serve as host for approximately 8 participants from Nigeria and Cameroon;
The Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) will serve as host for approximately 8 participants from New Zealand and Vietnam;
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) will serve as host for approximately 8 participants from Chile and Peru.