DeVos Institute Welcomes New Class of Fellows

May 05, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland welcomes a new class of six arts managers to its Fellowship program. These six Fellows will join 13 managers returning for their second year in the program. 

Next month, the 19 arts managers from nine countries will participate in the Institute’s highly competitive Fellowship program that provides practical training in arts administration. The class will be in residence in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland for a month-long arts management intensive led by DeVos Institute executives, consultants, and experts from the field. The Fellowship is a three-year program. Fellows beginning their first year will return for one month in both 2018 and 2019; Fellows in their second year will return for a third time in 2018 to complete the Fellowship.

This year’s six fellows represent fewer than 2% of applicants. Biographies of the Institute’s Fellows are here

The Fellowship program provides:

• Intensive academic training in nonprofit arts management, finance, planning, fundraising, board management, and marketing;
• Access to leaders of cultural institutions from throughout the United States, including site visits to select institutions; and
• Personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies.

“This year’s Fellows were selected in keeping with our mission: to train, support, and empower game changers in our field,” said DeVos Institute President Brett Egan. “This is a carefully-selected group of individuals who we believe can make a massive difference in their respective fields and whose work aligns with the Institute’s core beliefs. While the program lasts just three years, our commitment to these individuals is life-long.” 

The Institute’s core beliefs can be found here

To date, the Institute’s Fellowship program has served nearly 250 arts managers from 55 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.

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