May 17, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C., United States — The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland proudly announces the 23rd annual cohort of its Global Arts Management Fellowship.

This high-intensity executive training program is led by DeVos Institute of Arts Management Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan. It admits fewer than 4% of applicants and offers fully-subsidized training, travel, housing, and living support to accomplished leaders of arts, culture, heritage and humanities non-profits worldwide. The three-year program provides each participant three, sequential years of support, introducing a new cohort, and matriculating a returning cohort, each summer.

The Fellowship is designed for individuals who have dedicated themselves to arts administration. Intensive training in strategic planning, leadership, fundraising, marketing, board governance, human resources, and financial planning is coupled with peer learning, networking, and time for personal reflection. It is designed as both a catalyst for leaders at critical points in their careers, as well as a high-touch, long-term investment in a generation of leaders who will support one another, and their fields of service, for a lifetime.

This year’s cohort of seven executives – from the United States, Austria, Germany and England – was selected from an applicant pool representing 57 countries. The new fellows will spend a month in residence in Washington, D.C. this July, joining twelve returning fellows from Singapore, Canada, Colombia, Ukraine, Australia, England and the United States.

As they approach their return to the program this summer, returning Fellows reflected on the program, offering:

"The Fellowship has been an absolute game-changing experience for me. It is intellectually stimulating and soul invigorating." - Shaza Ishak, Executive & Artistic Director, Teater Ekamatra (Singapore)

"The Fellowship has been game changing in my thought process and approach. I took an extensive toolkit back to my department and organization that is supporting our transformation through our current challenges." – Andrew Given, Development Director, English National Opera (London, England)

"The program is truly a fellowship of like-minded arts leaders who have boots on the ground, visioning and leading some of the most impactful arts programs internationally. Integrating the material covered into one’s own organization is a very effective and practical method of instruction, and having a team of peers who are all in the same boat fosters a space where ideas can be shared openly and constructively.” (Rolando Sanz, CEO & Producing Artistic Director, Young Artists of America, Bethesda, Maryland)

Biographies of this year’s cohort, as well as those of returning cohorts are available for download on the right-hand side of this webpage.

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