DeVos Institute Welcomes New Class of Fellows

May 01, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland welcomes a new class of seven arts managers to its Fellowship program. These seven Fellows will join 19 managers returning for their second and third years in the program.

Next month, the 26 arts managers from twelve 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 2019 and 2020; Fellows in their second year will return for a third time in 2019 to complete the Fellowship; and Fellows in their third year will complete their final year in 2018.

This year’s seven fellows represent fewer than 3% 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.

“At the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, we believe that creative practice is an essential expression of the dignity, aspirations, and achievements of individuals, communities, and societies. Further, we believe that art – and the dialogue it provokes – is an instrument of peace, and that pro-active support for creative practice as a platform for intercultural, and international, cooperation is required in a healthy global society,” said DeVos Institute President Brett Egan. “In our opinion, this carefully-selected group of individuals exemplify these beliefs and are positioned to make a massive difference in their respective fields. 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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