Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship

Our 2021 fellow has been selected, and will be announced soon!

Meet This Year's Fellow

VAM is honored to announce the 2021 Leadership & Advocacy Fellow - Whitney Zahar

Whitney is a museum educator at The Valentine Museum in Richmond, where she's worked since 2018. Through her museum career, she's also worked at Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, MacArthur Memorial, and several historic sites. She has a Master's in Museum Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Bachelor's in Anthropology from Longwood University. When she's not in museums, Whitney is a world traveler, where she taught abroad in South Korea, Taiwan, and Ecuador. Whitney is a published writer of several articles, poems, short stories, and novellas.

Whitney will be assisting with the Community Conversations Initiative throughout her tenure with the goal of assisting the field with determining challenges facing the museum field and how VAM might help. Learn more about this project. 


Learn About VAM's Fellowship Opportunity

Are you a mid-career museum professional looking to have an impact on the field? Do you want to get engaged with VAM, and build your resume at the same time? VAM’s Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship was created for exactly these reasons. If you are selected as a fellow, you would have the chance to do research, talk with your colleagues at other museums about challenges they face, participate in state and national advocacy efforts and conversations surrounding the future of museums. The end result will serve as a resource for the museum community.

Thank you to Nick Gray and his articles "How to Host a Happy Hour" and "How to Plan a Networking Event" for ideas and support of this page.


2020 Fellow's Research

Sally Meyer

Read her final report.

Watch her presentation, Museums and the Long Pandemic

2019 Fellows' Final Research

Rebecca Guest

Read her project blog

Read her final report:

   1. Final Survey Results

   2. Summary Report

Kimberly Robinson

Read her project blog

Read her final project

Thank you to Langley Federal Credit Union for sponsoring our 2019 Fellowship Program

2018 Fellows Final Research

How Can Museums Stay Relevant to Teachers? Review Christina Vida's final research project now.
Neurodiversity in Museums  Review Jackie Spainhour's video now.