Call for Consultants
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
Public Humanities Clinic
John Nicholas Brown Center for
Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University
Project Background and Overview: The Public Humanities Clinic at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University offers free assistance to cultural organizations and individuals working to present humanities projects and programs to the public. The aim of the Public Humanities Clinic is to provide advice and to facilitate connections between people, including colleagues, consultants, public humanities students, and scholars, and to foster excellence in humanities-based programs, exhibits, and community initiatives.
The Public Humanities Clinic seeks independent museum, cultural, and not-for-profit professionals from the New England region to serve as the clinic’s consulting partners. A goal of the clinic is to facilitate connections between organizations and individuals in need of specialized services and independent consultants able to provide these services. The services that the clinic anticipates being able to provide are:
- Collections care and interpretation
- Historic House museum interpretation and sustainability
- Exhibition concept and planning
- Oral history projects
- Some Web-based applications, including blogs, Flickr, FaceBook, and Twitter
However, the Public Humanities Clinic website will also serve as a “clearing house” and point of reference for parties seeking a wider range of specialized expertise, so independent professionals of all backgrounds and expertise are encouraged to submit information.
Role and Responsibilities of the Consulting Partner: Utilizing the “Consulting Partners” page of the clinic website and advice of the Public Humanities Staff and students, “clients” of the clinic may choose a consultant to advise them during the planning stages or an especially difficult aspect of a project. The Public Humanities Clinic will assume the cost of this initial consultation.* The consulting partner will:
- Conduct a half-day (four hours) consultation with the individual or organization
- Agree to accept $250 as reimbursement, including travel mileage
- Work collaboratively with the Public Humanities Clinic and a student coordinator, who will attend all meetings and accompany the consulting partner during the initial consultation
How to Become Involved: Submit questions or the following materials to Ronald_Potvin@Brown.edu:
- Name or title of your consulting practice
- A short (100 words or less) description of your services
- A website link or URL
- Contact information
*The contractor will provide services to third party individuals or organizations at the expense of the department (JNBC). These services include but are not limited to technical, professional, and creative advice and expertise. The JNBC’s involvement in the financial relationship between the contractor and the third party individual or organization is limited to the terms of this agreement. Any future financial or contractual arrangement between the contractor and third party is solely at the discretion of those parties. The JNBC and/or Brown University will not bear any financial responsibility beyond the terms of this agreement.