Museum of the African Diaspora is seeking high school candidates to participate in a paid summer project in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution. Participants will help curate and build the digital display for MoAD’s contribution to the 2017 The Will to Adorn project.

The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity is a multi-year collaborative folk cultural research and public presentation project initiated by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Through the work and perspectives of museum, academic, and community scholars, community based cultural practitioners including artisans and designers from across the nation, this project explores the diversity of African American identities as expressed through the cultural aesthetics and traditional arts of the body, dress, and adornment. This ongoing collaborative research has been shared through public programs including the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program, as well as through publications, a dynamic public website, and a Will to Adorn app available soon through iTunes.

The project training, research, and interviews will be conducted between June 19th and July 27th, 2017. Most work will be completed on-site at Museum of the African Diaspora. Any off-site interviews will be conducted under the supervision of the School & Community Outreach Coordinator and three college interns.

A modest stipend of $500 will be paid to students participating in the project. The funds will be divided into two payments which will be disbursed in the middle of the work and when each student completes their individual project. Students who fail to meet deadlines or miss sessions will receive a deduction from their stipends.

Students must commit to a full week of training between June 19th and June 22nd. After the initial training participation will be 3 days a week Tuesday through Thursday. Because this is a digital project some work can potentially be done off site however all students must keep the same deadlines.

A portion of the cost for public transportation will be provided for students who take BART Muni, or other public transit. any costs beyond the supplement are the responsibility of the student and their parent or guardians.

To apply please complete the Downloadable Application and write and submit your own sartorial autobiography. There is an attached guide with questions to reflect on when writing this essay. All applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday May 31st, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered.

Downloadable Application
Link to guide

Due to the high volume of applicants individual questions will not be answered through email. All date and deadlines can be found on Page 1 of the application. No phone calls regarding this program please.