Wednesday, March 21, 2012

John F. Kennedy Center Fellowship at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management | USA


An Immersive Program in Arts Management Strategy

As a key part of the DeVos Institute's mission, the Fellowship at the DeVos Institute for Arts Management is an immersive program in arts management strategy designed to prepare mid-career arts managers for executive positions in today’s complex arts environment. Hosted at one of the largest and most dynamic performing arts institutions, the Fellowship offers a structured blend of academic training, hands-on work experience, independent and collective learning opportunities, and personalized mentoring.
Fellows develop close working relationships with Kennedy Center leadership, complete significant projects within the context of the Kennedy Center, and are connected to a vast network of DeVos Institute alumni throughout the United States and in 39 countries worldwide.
2011-2012 Fellows

The Fellowship includes:

  • Weekly courses taught by Kennedy Center senior staff in strategic planning, development, marketing, and finance
  • Seminars in special topic areas including law, technology, programming, and education
  • Practical rotations in three Kennedy Center departments
  • The design and completion of independent projects in partnership with the DeVos Institute
  • Participation in capacity building activities led by the DeVos Institute
  • Participation in major Kennedy Center events
The nine-month,full time program begins September 2012. Participants will receive a $20,000 living allowance, program materials, and reimbursement for health insurance coverage. Fellows also have the opportunity to receive tickets to performances at the Kennedy Center and relocation assistance.

Applicant Criteria

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional arts management experience*
  • Bachelor's degree in the arts or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues in arts management
*The curriculum of the nine-month Fellowship is designed for arts managers with a primary interest working in business environments with philanthropic models similar to those found in the United States. International arts managers are strongly encouraged to consider whether a program of this nature, or one designed specifically for international audiences, better suits their needs at this point in their career.

Program of Study

Early September through late May
The Fellowship offers a structured blend of academic training, practical work experience, independent and collective learning opportunities, and personalized mentoring by Kennedy Center senior staff.


Fellows attend weekly classes throughout the Fellowship taught by highly experienced performing arts professionals that include case study, independent research, and collaborative group work. Core courses and instructors include:
  • Strategic Planning: Michael Kaiser, Kennedy Center President
  • Marketing: David Kitto, Vice President for Marketing & Sales
  • Development: Marie Mattson, Vice President for Development
  • Finance: Richard P. Kamenitzer, Program Director - Arts Management, George Mason University

Practicum Assignments

During their course of study, Fellows gain hands-on experience in three different Kennedy Center departments working closely with senior Kennedy Center staff. These rotations extend and complement Fellows' experience in their courses and project work. Placements can include, but are not limited to:
  • Dance Programming
  • Development
  • Marketing
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Performing Arts for Everyone/Millennium Stage
  • Press
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • VSA


The Seminar Series provides participants with contemporary knowledge essential to leaders of performing arts organizations. Seminar topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Accessibility
  • Arts Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law and the Arts
  • Media Relations
  • Programming
  • Technology & Arts Management
  • Union Negotiations

How to Apply

  • Complete the online application
  • Mail official college/university transcripts to the following address:
    The Kennedy Center
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210
  • Submit two letters of recommendation that speak to your relevant background and skills. Letters can be submitted in three ways:
All application materials submitted become the confidential property of the Kennedy Center and are not returnable.
Applicants will be notified in early June of 2012.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2012. The online application must be completed online by 11:59 PM on April 1, 2012. Mailed materials must be postmarked by April 1, 2012.
The Kennedy Center welcomes applicants with disabilities. cluster of disability icons


For questions about the DeVos Institute Fellowship, please email us or call Syrah Gunning at             202-416-8897 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-416-8897      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      .



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