Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship

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Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship 2018-10-24T12:12:58+00:00

Applications for the 2019 Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship have closed.


Do you oversee a visual arts program at a large or small museum, gallery, community-based organization, or media or technology enterprise

Do you need more knowledge and a strategic perspective on how to manage a visual arts organization?

Are you passionate about visual arts and public interpretation, education, curatorial services, media, and/or visitor’s services?

We are looking for rising leaders in New York City’s visual arts sector!

The Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship will provide two rising stars in visual arts management with executive-level mentors, invitations to high-level planning and strategy sessions, meetings with 92nd Street Y programming directors, and access to the wider 92Y staff and community.

Fellows will receive immersive instruction in visual arts management via monthly one-on-one meetings with seniors directors in various 92Y departments (marketing, development, innovation, education, budgeting, programming, etc.) These leaders will provide behind-the-scenes perspectives of ongoing projects, challenges, and systems in their respective areas. Fellows will be asked to read background articles and other materials prior to these meetings and, afterward, to reflect upon key learnings and highlights from the month’s curriculum topic.

Over the course of the year, Fellows will also have the opportunity to work on a visual arts project meaningful to them. More details will be provided prior to the interview component of the application process.

Fellows will receive additional exposure and training through the Women inPower Fellowship program, which provides senior female leaders across all major industries with professional development workshops and the networking and support they need to advance to the next stage of their careers.

How to Apply 

To be considered for the Fellowship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • In visual arts upper-middle management
  • Is based in New York City or nearby
  • Open to exploring new ideas and perspectives
  • Uncompromising in her professional advancement
  • Eager to learn new strategies to succeed
  • Willing to share her experiences and insights with the wider 92Y community
  • Committed to participating in 7-8 hours of Fellowship activities (this includes approximately 3 hours for in-person meetings at 92Y & Women inPower events.) The remaining time commitment will be for readings, preparing for meetings, and developing a program initiative.
  • Have approval from their manager to participate in the Fellowship, given its time commitment

Please feel free to email us with any questions. You can see our current Fellows here.

Benefits of the Fellowship

  • A customized curriculum to learn about visual arts management and fill the gaps in your resume
  • Dedicated monthly meetings with programming directors at 92Y to learn about program development, arts education, studio classes for adults & children, art appreciation, community outreach, finance & budgeting, marketing, fundraising, innovation and more
  • Support, help, and advice from 92Y’s staff and community to complete a project that you are passionate about
  • 1-on-1 mentorship with arts management executives
  • Additional professional development workshops through the Women inPower Fellowship
  • Access to the Women inPower network of rising female leaders
  • Among other great benefits and opportunities!

Phase One: Applications

The application period has been extended to 11:59pm on October 19, 2018.

Applicants will upload a resume and answer questions about their career and professional goals. They will also be asked to provide contact information for two professional references. All references should be submitted by October 23, 2018.

Phase Two: Review & Selection

  • Finalists will be interviewed in person and final selection will be made by a committee of industry leaders in late November.
  • Accepted Fellows will be notified by email December 2018 and invited to the 2018 Women inPower closing reception. Those not selected will also be notified by email.
  • The program officially begins in January 2019.

Additional Details

The Fellowship will run throughout the year, January-December 2019. A stipend will be provided to cover travel and other incidentals, as well costs associated with executing your project. Scheduled meetings and events will be arranged by the 92Y Fellowships team for the Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellows. Accepted Fellows will be expected to attend all core program events and workshops, approximately 7-8 hours each month (including supplemental reading assignments and learning opportunities). 92Y has arts programs seven days each week and Fellows will have the opportunity to attend and participate in evening/weekend activities free of charge. All Fellows must be based in New York City or nearby. Applicants do not need to be US citizens, but there will be no sponsorship of work visas. Fellows cannot be employed, directly or indirectly, by 92Y or be immediate family members of anyone employed, directly or indirectly, by 92Y. Fellows may receive academic credit for the Fellowship. Please contact the 92Y Fellowship Team to learn more.

The Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship is supported by Catherine Hannah Behrend, who is a current NYU and FIT Graduate School adjunct professor, the founder of Ventures in Vision art tours, and a longstanding 92Y Board member, and who has had a distinguished career of public service in both the arts and economic development under six NYC mayoral administrations.