Apply to the National Leaders of Color Fellowship by August 31

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Senior Program Director, Regional Grants and International Exchange

New England Foundation for the Arts is excited to partner with the Western States Arts Federation and the other U.S. regional arts organizations, on the National Leaders of Color Fellowship program. The Leaders of Color Fellowship is a leadership development program for Black, Indigenous and people of color leaders who are committed to the advancement of cultural equity in the arts.

Using a cohort structure, the program emphasizes experiential learning, community building, and service to the field. This is an eight-month fellowship to be held online from October 2022–May 2023. Applicants are strongly suggested to receive pay from their employers for hours spent engaging with this fellowship opportunity. 

This opportunity is open to those working in any type of arts organization. Candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Self-identify as Black, Indigenous and/or a person of color; 
  • Self-identify as an early, emerging or mid-career leader in the field of arts and culture; 
  • Is an arts administrator or a significantly arts-interested member such as a volunteer or a public official; 
  • Current resident of the United States, including U.S. Jurisdictions (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands); and
  • Have not participated in or have participated in limited amounts of high-quality professional leadership development opportunities.
  • LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, disabled people, low-income and individuals residing in rural, remote, or frontier areas are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the Leaders of Color Fellowship

Application Deadline: August 31, 2022 at 11:59 Mountain Time

This program is a partnership between Western States Art Federation, and its fellow Regional Arts Organizations: Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and South Arts. The program aims to invest in diverse arts leadership in our respective regions and across the nation.

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