DeVos Institute Fellowship for U.S. and International Arts Managers

Given the magnitude of challenges facing the arts sector, the need for effective arts managers is growing every year. Similarly, the need for cross-cultural collaboration is as great as ever. Since 2001, the DeVos Institute has brought together arts managers from across the United States and around the world to study fundraising, marketing, financial management and planning. With the move to the University of Maryland, the Institute has revamped a highly competitive fellowship program for arts managers. 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. Applications are due to December 1, 2016.

One of the most invigorating elements of the fellowship program is how it brings together leaders from not only different genres, but also different backgrounds. Fellows learn from one another and share ideas on what does - and doesn't - work at their home organizations, fostering a highly productive and worthwhile exchange of ideas. This new approach to the program will enhance the opportunity for American participants to learn from their international colleagues and vice versa.

This full-scholarship fellowship program includes intensive training in core topics like nonprofit management, fundraising, and marketing as well as the opportunity to learn from executives of leading American cultural institutions. Fellows are in residence in Washington, D.C., for one month each summer for three years. Between these residencies, fellows return to their home organizations, where they will have access to Institute support as they engage key staff and board members in strategic planning. Visit the DeVos Institute's website for more information.

Fellowships include:

  • 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.

Graduates of the fellowship program have gone on to 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).

Applicants must:

  • Have a minimum of five years working experience in an administrative capacity in an arts or cultural organization
  • Currently serve as the executive director (or equivalent) or the head of a major department within an arts or cultural organization
  • Have an excellent command of business English, orally and written
    • Be able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship (Washington D.C. residency dates are June 26 – July 21, 2017; June 25 – July 20, 2018; and July 1 – July 26, 2019. Fellows receive personalized mentoring and participate in virtual activities in between residencies.)

Fellows receive:

  • Air and ground transportation between Washington, D.C. and their country of residence
  • Lodging during the Fellowship
  • Per diem to cover living expenses during the Fellowship
  • Visa sponsorship (for international applicants)
  • Program materials

The application deadline is December 1, 2016

About the Fellowship

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 27–July 22, 2016; June 26–July 21, 2017; and June 25–July 20, 2018. 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.

3. Mentoring

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.

About the Institute

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management provides training, consultation, and implementation support for arts managers and their boards. It operates on the premise that while much is spent to train artists, too little is spent to support the managers and boards who keep those artists at work. At the same time, rapid changes in technology, demographics, government policy, and the economy have complicated the job of the manager and volunteer trustees. Institute leadership and consultants - all arts managers themselves - understand that, in today’s environment, there is no time or resource to waste. Therefore, Institute services are lean, direct, and practical. 

The DeVos Institute has served more than 1,000 organizations from over 80 countries since Michael M. Kaiser founded it during his tenure as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. While environments, objectives, and disciplines vary, each of our clients shares the desire to create, market, and sustain exemplary cultural programs. The DeVos Institute has designed its services to assist a wide range of institutions, from traditional performing and presenting organizations, museums, galleries, art schools, and libraries, to botanical gardens, glass-making studios, public art trusts, and nonpro t cinemas, to name a few.

For more information and application instructions, please visit: Information on the impact of the former fellowships can be found here.


Management Topic: Organisation & Leadership
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 08, 2016