The Institute’s fellowship program is offered free of charge to arts managers from across the United States and around the world who are selected through a competitive application process. These fellows attend a four-week program in residence at the University of Maryland each spring for three consecutive years.
- Intensive academic training in nonprofit management, finance, planning, fundraising, evaluation, and marketing
- Access to leaders of cultural institutions from throughout the United States, including site visits to select institutions
- Intensive, collaborative group work
- Ongoing personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies
The fellowship will accept a new class each year beginning in 2016. First-year, second-year, and third-year fellows attend residencies together and engage in activities tailored to their year in the program.
Fellows have served in senior positions at such organizations as the AFCA Foundation for Arts and Culture (Egypt), American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco), Bosnian National Theatre Zenica, Ciudad Cultural Konex (Argentina), Cultural Center of the Philippines, Dance UK, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Ivan Honchar Museum & National Center of Folk Culture (Ukraine), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Nashville Children’s Theatre, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, National Centre for the Performing Arts (China), Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Australia), Singapore Repertory Theatre, and Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada).
The Fellowship is comprised of three parts
1. Residencies in downtown Washington, D.C.
Fellows visit Washington, D.C. for one month each year for three consecutive years on the following dates: June 26 – July 21, 2017; June 25 – July 20, 2018; and July 1 – July 26, 2019. During residencies, Fellows participate in seminars, strategic planning exercises, and independent and collective learning opportunities designed for the needs of the cohort.
2. Strategic Planning at each Fellow’s Home Organization
From their home organizations, Fellows engage key staff members and their board (if applicable) in strategic planning activities that establish a framework for planning and support the process of developing and implementing a strategic plan. Fellows participate in quarterly executive roundtables led by Fellowship alumni on the Institute’s online learning platform. These sessions provide a group setting where strategies and challenges can be shared among a group of peers and alumni for facilitated feedback and shared learning. In addition, Fellows have unlimited access to the Institute’s virtual capacity building activities, including webinars, master classes, and video archives.
Each Fellow is paired with an Institute Advisor in their region or discipline for monthly support tailored to the needs of the Fellow. Advisors support Fellows as they pursue their organizational objectives and in developing and implementing their strategic plan within their home organization.
- Air and ground transportation between Washington, D.C. and their state or country of residence
- Lodging during the Fellowship
- Per diem to cover living expenses during the Fellowship
- Visa sponsorship (for international applicants)
- Program materials
The deadline for the 2017-19 Fellowship is Thursday, December 1, 2016.
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