In Fall 2020, Yatil Etherly was a participant in the esteemed Museum Professionals Seminar at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Yatil, a first-year master’s student in Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies, was one of 20 individuals from around the nation selected to participate in this new digital program designed to provide professional development inspired by the Studio Museum’s mission. The Seminar included a series of educational workshops aimed at supporting museum professionals looking to share ideas, network and build community. The program promoted discussion, interaction, and exposure with special attention to skill-building and career-readiness.
Yatil participated in workshops that included exchanges with staff and leadership from the Studio Museum and across arts and cultural institutions. The goal of this program is to make space for new and emerging professionals to discuss contemporary issues relevant to the arts and culture sector including: cultural specificity, curatorial practice, arts administration, education, and public programming. Yatil writes:
The Museum Professionals Seminar was an absolutely incredible experience to be a part of. I am thankful to have been able to meet others from around the country who share the same passion for museums as I do while also critically engaging with them about issues surrounding these institutions. Through the seminar program I have made long-lasting connections with emerging museum professionals and helped build a community that extends beyond the Studio Museum in Harlem.