Ends on February 12, 2018

Open to arts administrators from all disciplines within commuting distance to New York City.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the fourth session of the “Emerging Leaders Boot Camp,” a nine-month free program that provides leadership training for arts administrators. 

NYFA is seeking applicants who are committed to the arts with clear long-term leadership goals who are curious and passionate about learning, and willing to step outside of their comfort zone to develop new skills. Administrators of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

The program will train up to 25 arts administrators in the principles of leadership. As an arts organization, NYFA integrates creativity into the program, with a flexible and adaptive approach, assessing and adjusting to the needs of the cohort over the nine-month program. Since its inception, 75 arts administrators have participated in the program, coming from a diverse range of arts organizations serving a wide variety of disciplines and constituents. Please visit this link for more information on our alumni.

In addition to gaining access to a variety of concepts within leadership, (i.e. adaptive, leading through values, etc.) technical workshops will be provided with a focus on personnel, management, board development, fundraising, and strategic planning. Participants will be given 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 leadership roles in the future.

The Emerging Leaders Boot Camp is led by Felicity Hogan, Director of NYFA Learning, who has managed the program since its inception in 2013, and will include input from and access to NYFA’s own executive leadership and Board of Directors. Programming will include panels and conversations with influencers and role models within the arts and cultural communities, case studies, and artist presentations.

The program structure includes a five-day intensive with a rigorous blend of presentations, formal lectures, individual leadership assessment, and break-out groups. Additionally, the nine-month program includes half-day check-ins, an alumni mixer, and a two-day final session.

In this iteration of the program, NYFA will be providing each participant access to a mentor over a three month period, many of whom will be alumni of the program. Participants will outline specific challenges/goals for mentors to provide individualized guidance. Mentors will work with participants whose organizations and needs are aligned.


The NYFA Emerging Leaders Boot Camp program provides an invaluable resource for emerging arts leaders. A whole year of support and development has contributed to my administrative and leadership capacities, and broadened my horizons. This incredible resource is so rare, and severely needed in our current arts environment. Thank you for helping me as a leader, so I can better serve the artists in my community and the world! 

- Daniel Benavent, Managing Director - Theatrical Productions, Manhattan School of Music

This was a very instrumental experience which forced me to delve deeply into my personal, career, and institutional goals, to strategize the best course of action for effective implementation. To do so with the support of NYFA’s experienced program leaders and a wide-ranging group of peers was essential to my growth and development in the New York arts world. It was truly a momentous year. 

- PennyMaria Jackson, Marketing Director, Apollo Theater


  • Mid-level administrators employed by nonprofit arts organizations with budgets over $150,000
  • Executive Directors from non-profit arts organizations with budgets under $150,000
  • 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 

Mandatory* Sessions:

Monday, March 19 - Friday, March 23, 2018: 5-Day Intensive
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday and Friday
10:00 AM -1:00 PM, Tuesday – Thursday

Wednesday, May 2, 2018: Check In:
10:00 AM -1:00 PM

Wednesday, June 20, 2018: Check In:
10:00 AM -1:00 PM

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: Alumni Mixer
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Check-In/Five-Year Celebration

Tuesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 7, 2018: 2-Day Final Session
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: all sessions will take place at New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Participants will be informed of any location changes during the program.

*Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, so please check your calendar before applying.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018, 11:59 PM (EST)

Application Guidelines: 

For the application, we ask you to provide:

  • 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;
  • Organization Information;
  • Check dates of program and permission from your supervisor

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

Applications are reviewed by alumni of the program, an outside executive professional, and member of NYFA’s executive leadership. 

Notification: Applicants will be notified on or before February 21, 2018

Questions? Contact the NYFA Learning team at learning@nyfa.org with “Emerging Leaders Boot Camp” in the subject line

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

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