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Latino Museum Studies Program

About LMSP

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The Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) provides a national forum for graduate students to share, explore and discuss the representation and interpretation of Latino cultures in the context of the American experience. It provides a unique opportunity to meet and engage with Smithsonian professionals, scholars from renowned universities, and with leaders in the museum field.

Created in 1994 as Smithsonian Institute for Interpreting and Representing Latino Cultures (SIIRLC), LMSP seeks to increase the representation, documentation, research, knowledge, and interpretation of Latino art, culture, and history. The program focuses on developing museum practice within a framework of Latino cultural studies and is offered in two components.

The first component consists of a series of lectures, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours at the Smithsonian. Curators, researchers, and other museum professionals as well as invited guest lecturers, will lead interactive tours and discussions providing participants a unique opportunity to see and hear first-hand the best practices in museums and cultural centers.

The second component consists of a practicum project within a selected Smithsonian museum. Applicants are matched to a practicum based on their background and experience, and how well the project aligns to their future goals.

    Who Should Apply

    Graduate students enrolled or engaged in the fields of Latino art, culture, and history are encouraged to apply. Relevant majors include but are not limited to art history, visual arts, digital arts, cultural anthropology, arts management, performing arts, and related studies.

    Application Process

    Deadlines vary each year. The following dates apply to the 2020 program. Dates for the 2022 program will be updated in late 2021/early 2022:

    Participation is free and includes:

    • Accommodations for the duration of the program
    • Round-trip travel to Washington, D.C from within the U.S. and Puerto Rico
    • Modest stipend to support local transportation and meals
    • Participants are responsible for all other expenses
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