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DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center


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  • DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center
  • DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center

    Dick DeVos, Betsy DeVos, Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser, Kennedy Center Chairman Emeritus Stephen A. Schwarzman, and Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. (Photo by Margot Schulman)

    As one of the largest, busiest performing arts centers in the world, the Kennedy Center and its leadership have developed extensive expertise in strategic planning, artistic planning, board management, marketing, fundraising, and financial management.

    Founded in 2001 by Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser, the DeVos Institute leverages this expertise to train, support, and empower arts managers and their boards locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Since its inception, the DeVos Institute has advised hundreds of organizations throughout the United States, as well as individuals, organizations, governments, and foundations in nearly 70 countries on six continents.

    The Institute operates on the premise that while, as a culture, we spend heavily to encourage artistic talent, too little is spent to train the managers who keep those artists at work. In areas hard hit by the recent economic downturn, this need is especially urgent and is amplified by the rapid technological and cultural change affecting arts businesses everywhere around the world.

    To address this gap, Institute programs partner with public and private leadership in diverse, challenged, critical arts communities worldwide to provide training and support for the arts leaders of today and tomorrow.

    Currently a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 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.