Community Initiatives

ArtTable has a thirty-six-year history of working to advance the professional leadership of women in the visual arts. Through a variety of programs, we educate and inform members and the public about significant developments and issues in the visual arts, as well as support dialogue and promote the evolving leadership role of women in the arts. Our initiatives provide ongoing educational and public programming, mentorship, and professional development opportunities that our central to our mission as a non-profit organization. 

















 
 
Diversity Fellowship in the Visual Arts Professions
Since 2000, ArtTable has conducted a fellowship program to address the marked lack of diversity in arts employment. The objective of our program is to provide quality experiences and mentorship to female graduate students from backgrounds generally underrepresented in the field to aid their transition from academic to professional careers. Through one-on-one mentoring relationships at select museums and cultural institutions, fellows have the opportunity to work with established leaders and gain exposure to a range of professional activities. Support for this program is provided through foundations and individual ArtTable members.
 
Career Development Roundtable for Emerging Professionals
Beginning in 2005, ArtTable has organized annual career roundtable programs that provide career development opportunities to more than two hundred graduate students in art history, museum studies, museum education, art business, and arts administration programs in New York City and Washington, D.C. Through open and engaged conversations around tables, emerging young professionals have the opportunity to meet ArtTable members who are experts in their fields for candid discussions about different career paths and opportunities. The roundtables also serve as an opportunity for facilitators and students alike to network and build relationships with peers and mentors.
 
High School Career Day in the Visual Arts
This annual program gives high school students an opportunity to learn about a variety of careers in the visual arts. Working with public schools and their teachers, ArtTable members create a specialized agenda that gives students a realistic and behind-the-scenes perspective into arts professions, institutions, and businesses that they may never have considered as career possibilities.
 
Artist Breakfast Series
This monthly, signature breakfast series of conversations with women artists is designed to expand the audience for women artists, a group historically underrepresented in museum and gallery exhibitions. It features leading women in the visual arts in conversation with curators, academics, and critics. Since its inception in 2002, the breakfasts have brought together over 4,200 women, and featured over 140 women artists.  
 
Annual Leadership Series at The New School
This series of annual public programs is organized by ArtTable and co-presented by The Vera List Center for Art and Politics and The New School. These programs are designed to present panel discussions and lectures on current trends and topics in the visual arts, featuring a distinguished roster of speakers and commentators invited to discuss relevant and emerging issues to those working in the visual arts fields. The inaugural program in 2016, moderated by Martha Schwendener of The New York Times, featured museum directors Anne Pasternak, Brooklyn Museum; Holly Block, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Laura Raicovich, Queens Museum; and Thelma Golden, The Studio Museum in Harlem.
 
This project documents on video the significant impact and on-going contributions of professional women in the visual arts to provide researchers, writers, documentary directors, students, teachers, ArtTable members, and others with authentic, useful, and reliable historic material. All original Oral History interviews are in the Archives of American Art.