DeVos Institute of Arts Management Welcomes New Cohort of Fellows
May 05, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University
of Maryland announces a new cohort of six arts managers to its three-year
The Institute’s Fellowship program serves entrepreneurial executives in the
arts and cultural sector who are prepared to look critically at their work,
challenge assumptions, and develop rigorous strategies to address the most
pressing challenges facing their organizations, regions, and art forms at
large. The cohorts will be in residence in Washington, D.C. for a
month-long arts management intensive led by DeVos Institute executives,
consultants, and experts from the field. Designed for individuals who have
dedicated themselves to management, rather than artistic leadership, the
program supports leaders in developing, implementing, and refining
organizational strategies over a three-year, cohort-based engagement.
Biographies of the new and continuing Fellows are available here.
At the DeVos Institute, we believe that creative practice is an essential
expression of the dignity, aspirations, and achievements of individuals,
communities, and societies, and that pro-active support for creative
practice as a platform for intercultural, and international, cooperation is
required in a healthy global society. Led by Institute Founder, Michael M.
Kaiser, and President, Brett Egan, the Fellowship is equally tactical and
aspirational in exemplifying these beliefs. The program emphasizes critical
organizational capacities in long-term artistic planning, marketing,
fundraising, board development, and financial management; while provoking
broader questions of mission, relevance, impact, and the role of art – and
the dialogue it provokes – as an instrument of peace. The program emboldens
leaders who leverage creative practice to confront injustice, advance
social change, and encourage empathy for other perspectives and ways of
life. The program acknowledges a historical lack of equity across
communities and philanthropic systems and empowers leaders to build
equitable and inclusive systems that assure people of every class, race,
geography, age, ability, gender, and sexual orientation have equal access
to, and representation in, art and creative practice.
Individuals typically engage in the Fellowship at point of inflection in
their career, where an infusion of strategic training, mentorship, peer
learning, and reflection is necessary to advance both their work in the
organization and their role as a leader in their field. All Fellows share a
deep commitment to the role of arts, culture, and creative practice in
their respective societies and an inquisitiveness that drives them to
engage deeply in the immersive and collaborative environment.
The Institute’s core beliefs can be found
here. To date, the Institute’s Fellowship program has served over 250 arts
managers from over 50 countries. DeVos Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser
launched the Fellowship program in 2001 during his tenure as President of
the Kennedy Center. In 2008, the Institute introduced the current,
intensive model of one month in residence each summer for three years and
transitioned to the University of Maryland from the John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts in 2014.
The DeVos Institute’s Fellowship program is made possible with the support
of the University of Maryland.