New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) provides the concrete resources that working artists and emerging arts organizations need to thrive. 

NYFA Learning/Professional Development encompasses New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) professional development programs, which include panels, workshops, individual consultations, and training opportunities. To be notified of any events, workshops, and open calls, please sign up here

Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. In 2009, we extended our programs and services throughout the United States and the international community.

Through the support of American Express, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the fifth session of the “Emerging Leaders Boot Camp Program,” a free program that provides leadership training for arts administrators over nine months. NYFA believes an investment in the cultural infrastructure will benefit the entire field, building stronger links and shared knowledge between artists and arts administrators. 

Over a hundred arts administrators have participated in the program, coming from a diverse range of arts organizations serving a wide variety of disciplines and constituents. The Emerging Leaders Boot Camp is led by Felicity Hogan, Director of NYFA Learning, who has managed the program since 2013. 

The core objective of the program is to provide participants with skills that will assist them in their current roles in order to be more effective within their own organization, as well as developing training that will help them assume more executive roles in the future.

Please visit this link for more information about the program and a list of past participants

Selected participants will benefit from:

  • Dedicated alumni advisors for individual guidance and support
  • Core coaching skill training, group coaching, and peer coaching facilitated by Meryl Moritz, Chief Coaching Officer of Meryl Moritz Resources LLC, who holds the global Master Certified coach credential from the International Coach Federation
  • Leadership concepts including personal vision and mission articulation, along with individual self-assessment tools
  • Technical workshops and panels related to management, strategic planning, fundraising, and board development
  • Balanced focus on hard skills and soft skills, such as emotional self-regulation (EQ), coaching, managing conflict, enhancing one’s communication style portfolio, managing up, down and side-ways. 
  • Key Influencers within the arts and cultural communities, including site visits.
  • Peer cohort of 25 arts administrators
  • Alumni network

The program structure includes a five-day intensive with a rigorous blend of presentations, formal lectures, and break-out groups. Additionally, the program includes half-day check-ins, alumni mixer, final sessions, and follow up reunion event. 

NYFA is seeking applicants who are committed to the arts with clear long-term leadership goals that are willing to engage in self-reflection and step outside of their comfort zone to learn new skills. We integrate creativity into the program, with a flexible and adaptive approach, assessing that adjusts to the needs of the cohort throughout. 

Administrators of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 11:59 PM (EST)


  • Mid-level administrators employed by nonprofit arts organizations with budgets over $250,000
  • Executive Directors from non-profit arts organizations with budgets under $250,000
  • At least 5 years of experience in the arts and cultural sector 
  • Commitment to mandatory attendance to all sessions
  • Open to participants from the five boroughs of New York City and Metropolitan area within commuting distance of New York City 

Application Guidelines:

For the application, we ask you to provide:

  • Organization Information
  • Why you are interested in applying to this program and goals relative to your leadership career path within the next 2-5 years
  • Your current role and responsibilities
  • Identify a particular challenge in your current organization that participating in this program could help you address
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • Contact details of your supervisor and confirm permission to participate

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 11:59 PM (EST)

To Apply: Applicants can apply via Submittable. First-time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal. 

Program Schedule: All Sessions are Mandatory

Monday, March 11, 2019
Intro and Orientation: 10:00 - 12:30 PM

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29, 2019
5-Day Intensive: Monday and Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Check In:10:00 AM -1:30 PM

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Check In: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Alumni Mixer: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Check In: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

November 5 & 6, 2019
Final Sessions: 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Reunion: 10:00AM - 12:30 PM

Location: All sessions will take place at New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201, unless otherwise notified. 

Questions? Contact the NYFA Learning team at with “Emerging Leaders Boot Camp” in the subject line.  We understand that arts organizations can be structured in a variety of ways so please contact us with any eligibilty clarifications. 

Applications are reviewed by alumni of the program and outside executive professionals. 

Notification: Applicants will be notified on or before February 21, 2019


“Participating in the NYFA Emerging Leaders Boot Camp was an incredibly valuable and treasured experience.  The content of the program spanned many areas of the nonprofit arts sector and featured insightful, knowledgeable presenters.  I was able to immediately implement learnings in my daily work as an arts administrator and I can envision carrying lessons with me well into my career.  Most significant, however, has been the experience of connecting with the NYFA learning team and my fellow Boot Camp participants.  This cohort of dedicated, forward-thinking individuals continue to inspire me and I am forever grateful to NYFA for bringing us together in this meaningful way.”- Maria Fumai Dietrich, Membership and Individual Giving Manager, Parrish Art Museum

"My experience in NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp was overwhelmingly positive. Entering the program, I was overwhelmed with the disorganization and hectic infrastructure of nonprofit work, but now I feel reenergized and have concrete tools to implement when faced with challenges in the future." - Katie Rainey, Director of Teaching Artist Project, Community-Word Project

This was a professional development experience like no other in which I have participated. Apart from the very useful information and training we received from the excellent NYFA team, there was a real sense of dedication to our individual development and to the development of lasting professional relationships among the participants. I not only feel better prepared to tackle the tough challenges of leadership, but also know that I have my cohort to rely on for advice and support. The relationships I developed with the other participants in the Emerging Leaders Boot Camp are one of the most precious take-aways from this program. We shared fears, challenges and frustrations, but also identified strengths, built support and now have a network of passionate leaders with diverse strengths on which we can rely.” - Zachary Bowman, Manager of Education and Visitor Experience, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

The Emerging Leaders Boot Camp is made possible with the generous support of American Express.

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