The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship Program completed two cycles and is currently on hiatus. This program was a paid opportunity for a cohort of young people to gain experience and skills for careers in arts management. The program goal was to increase the diversity of staff in cultural organizations, by creating a route into arts management that does not rely on unpaid internships or master’s degrees. It was sponsored by four organizations in the Brooklyn Cultural District: BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Group, Theatre for a New Audience, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts.
The program design included work experience assignments at the partner organizations in all aspects of arts management. Fellows also attended a professional development program twice each week, including core knowledge areas such as marketing and fundraising, communication skills, guest speakers, and an experiential learning project. The fellowship was intended as a springboard for each fellow’s professional network and career in arts management.
We prepared a toolkit of materials for organizations who may be interested in developing similar fellowship programs. For more information, please contact ballen@dbartsalliance.