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DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center

Fellowship at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management

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.

Currently a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the DeVos Institute will, in September, 2014, transfer its programs to the University of Maryland, where it will continue all current programs and partner with the University to create a Master's program to launch in Fall, 2016. It will maintain ties with the Kennedy Center, where it will produce an annual symposium on issues facing arts leaders throughout the world. Read more

The Fellowship for North American managers, formerly a nine-month program, will be restructured at the University of Maryland. The Institute anticipates the application for this program will be available in Fall 2015, to begin in Spring 2016. Fellows will be required to be employed full-time at an arts or cultural organization and will pursue the Fellowship through the context of their current position, a change from the former program and modeled after the Summer Fellowship for International Arts Managers. Please register on if you would like to receive an email notification when the application is available.

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. Read more about the DeVos Institute’s Summer International Fellowship.

Learn More About the 2012-2013 Fellows

2011-2012 Fellows

What the Fellows are saying

"The opportunity to learn from Michael M. Kaiser and his senior staff, along with the value that they collectively place on the program within the Kennedy Center, truly make it the high-level, practical and academic experience I hoped it would be when I applied. I cannot recommend this program highly enough for aspiring arts managers."

Roger Weitz, Class of 2008
General Director, Opera Omaha - Omaha, Nebraska

"The access and insight passed on to me far surpasses anything I could read in a book or learn in a classroom. Long after I matriculated, I have been able to count on my fellow Fellows as peer resources and contacts throughout the field."

Christy Bolingbroke, Class of 2006
Acting Director, ODC Theater - San Francisco, California

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 15, 2012. The online application must be completed online by 11:59 PM on April 15, 2012. Mailed materials must be postmarked by April 15, 2012.

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