M.LiT Application Information and Submission

Museum Leaders in Training (M.LiT) 2020⁠–⁠2021 Theme: Rumors of War

Our Museum Leaders in Training (M.Lit) program is scheduled to happen in a hybrid format with designated in-person and virtual workshops. Students who are unable or uncomfortable participating in-person may opt for complete virtual participation. These students may miss any in-person workshops without penalty. If COVID-19 restrictions remain or are put back in place, all workshops will be moved online. Please check the VMFA website for the latest updates. We will notify applicants by email if the format of the program changes.

The 2020⁠–⁠21 Museum Leaders in Training program will focus on one of VMFA’s recent acquisitions: Rumors of War by Kehinde Wilely. Working with VMFA staff, M.LiT students will explore the contextualization of Wiley’s Rumors of War in Richmond and consider the themes of representation, race, gender, and power. Students will interview VMFA staff and the staff of partner institutions, local community members, and organizers to capture and include a variety of perspectives on the subject. Students will also be introduced to social change processes in and outside of museum spaces.

During the twelve-week course, M.LiT students will develop educational resources for teen audiences focused on Rumors of War. The student-developed resource will be featured on the museum’s Learn website, and will include video and audio produced through the course of the semester. Additionally, students will create a personal “zine” to accompany the video.

Training sessions occur weekly on Thursdays. Specifics dates and times are outlined below. A syllabus will be presented at orientation with designated sessions to happen in-person or virtually. Any changes will be communicated with applicants via email.

Program Orientation: Thu, Oct 1, 2020 6 – 7:30 pm, Pauley Center Parlor
Workshops: Thursdays, Oct 8, 2020 – Jan 14, 2021, 5:30–8:30 pm, Pauley Center Studios, Parlor or over Zoom
Holiday Breaks: Nov 26, Dec 24, and Dec 31, 2020
Presentations and Recognition Ceremony: Fri, Jan 22, 2021 (date/time subject to change)


All Call for Applications: Monday, August 3, 2020
Application Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020, by midnight
Applicants will be notified of decision by Friday, Sep 25, 2020

Submission Guidelines

In addition to your application form, please submit a written statement and letter of recommendation (not a family member) of the following:

Writing SampleRequired

Your writing sample should be in response to the following prompt. Keep the helpful writing tips below in mind:

  • Carefully read and follow all directions.
  • Do not exceed the maximum word-count.
  • Be straightforward and confident
  • Proofread your work

In 500 to 1,000 words describe a time when you worked together with one or more people on a project or toward a shared goal.

In your response please consider the following:

  • Describe your role as an individual within the group and as a member of the group?
  • How did the group make decisions about how to share responsibilities?
  • How did you communicate your opinions and ideas for the final project within the group?
  • What made your group successful?
  • In hindsight, is there anything that could have improved the way your group worked together?

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Recommendations (non-family members)Required

Choose a professional/personal reference (teacher, coach, supervisor, scout leader, etc.) who is not related to you who can provide details about you that include:

  • Performance as a student
  • Aptitude and industriousness
  • Maturity and seriousness of purpose
  • Level of commitment and ability to follow through
  • Leadership abilities and/or experience
  • Character

Copy and share this link to your teacher for online submission of teacher recommendations: https://vmfa.formstack.com/forms/teen_programs_recommendation_form

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