Next Generation Leadership Development Fellowship

Capacity Building: Michigan Lakeshore is a two-year technical assistance and strategic planning intensive for up to 15 arts and cultural organizations throughout Holland, MI and the Michigan Lakeshore. Launching in Fall 2022, the program is fully underwritten by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

This program will provide in-depth training and consultation support to assist participating organizations in developing simple, effective, and right-sized strategies to execute in essential areas of practice such as artistic planning, fundraising, marketing, and governance.

About the Fellowship

To expand its service to the local arts ecology, the program will award up to five Next Generation Leadership Development fellowships to emerging leaders in Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck, and Grand Haven, and their surrounding towns. Fellows will attend and participate in group intensives and roundtable discussions in a peer-to-peer setting. Additionally, Institute President Brett Egan will host three sessions for the Fellows to gather together to review program learnings.


This opportunity is open to individuals in Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck, Grand Haven, and their surrounding towns. Successful applicants:

  • Work in an arts, culture, heritage, or arts education organization in the Lakeshore region, or can illustrate a commitment to future work in the arts, culture, heritage, arts education, or related fields.
  • Are college-level to mid-career professionals.
  • Have a desire to advance to a leadership role. 
  • Are able to participate in activities for the duration of the program including attendance at group intensives and roundtables (September 2022 - July 2024).

Time Commitment

The time commitment is approximately 30 hours over the 2-year period. This includes six seminars, four economic roundtable discussions, and three Fellowship-specific sessions led by Brett Egan.

Application and Selection Process

Successful applicants will be selected through a competitive application process. To apply, please click HERE. Participants will be notified by Friday, September 9, 2022. The first seminar will take place in Holland on Wednesday, September 14 from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. Please hold the date on your calendar.


Questions regarding the Fellowship may be directed to Marie Gossman at

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 410        Washington, DC 20004        P: 301.314.0963     

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