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Curators acquire, document, study, interpret, maintain and provide access to collections of artifacts (products of human hands), specimens (natural history items) or cultural heritage items or practices (traditional practices, crafts, language, dance) (alis). They are employed in museums, art galleries and universities (NOC).
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- What's a Curator - The Art Assignment/PBS Digital Studios
- Sokanu: Curator - occupational information and videos
- Interview: Museum Curator - StudyinCanada
- A Day in the Life of a Curator - The Princeton Review
- Article: The person with the most pressure-packed job in Canadian art - Maclean's
- Spotlight - Punctured Landscape: Reflections from the Curator - Canadian Council for the Arts
The University of Manitoba does not offer training in Curatorial Studies, but does offer pre-requisite courses and educational pathways for students applying to graduate programs at other schools. Please view the links below for information on U of M courses and other programs in North America. PLEASE NOTE: When considering institutions other than the U of M it is recommended that that you consult with the admissions office, review admission requirements, and consider any applicable transfer credits for those programs of interest.
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- I want to be a museum curator. What will my salary be? - The Globe & Mail
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- Association of Manitoba Museums - museums list
- Canadian Museums Directory - Canadian Museums Association
- Creative Manitoba
- Contemporary Art Galleries Association - listing
- American Alliance of Museums - Find a Museum
- Association of Children's Museums - international directory
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