New Fellowship for Visual Arts Management
NEW YORK, NY: September 22, 2016 – 92nd Street Y today announced the Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship, a new track within 92Y’s Women inPower Fellowship program, to provide mentorship and support to emerging female leaders working in visual arts management. The fellowship is geared toward women who oversee visual arts programs at museums, galleries, community-based organizations and more, and who want to gain more knowledge or a strategic perspective on managing a visual arts organization. The free year-long fellowship will provide fellows with an immersive experience, including monthly one-on-one meetings with senior 92Y staff in marketing, development, innovation, education, budgeting, programming and more. Fellows will also receive direct guidance from executive-level mentors and a customized curriculum tailored to impart the skills needed to be a successful visual arts leader. Applications for the Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship are now open. As part of the Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to develop a project focused on issues that matter to them within visual arts management. Fellows will receive additional training through the Women inPower Fellowship program, which provides senior female leaders across industries with professional development workshops and the networking and support they need to advance to the next stage of their careers. The Catherine Hannah Behrend Fellowship is supported by Catherine Hannah Behrend, who is currently an adjunct professor at NYU and FIT. She is also the founder of Ventures in Vision art tours, a longstanding member of the 92Y Board of Directors and has a distinguished career of public service in both the arts and economic development under six New York City Mayoral Administrations. “In today’s world, it’s critical that visual arts managers understand all aspects of an organization’s operations – that includes developing programs and budgeting as well as technology to creating strategic partnerships,” said Catherine Hannah Behrend. “92nd Street Y, which offers thousands of programs annually, is the perfect ‘learning lab’ for arts management. I’m thrilled to be able to make it possible to share some of the tremendous expertise at 92Y to strengthen the next generation of arts leaders.” “We are grateful to Cathie for supporting this new track in the Women inPower Fellowship, which will focus on visual arts and leverage her expertise and influence to lift up other women in the field,” said Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact. Women inPower, the fellowship program launched earlier this year by 92Y, provides a unique opportunity for women across sectors and industries to come together to create new pathways to career success, broadening their networks and future career prospects. There is no cost for fellows to participate in the year-long program. For more information, visit http://womeninpower.org/catherine-hannah-behrend-fellowship/. ABOUT 92Y 92nd Street Y is a center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. Founded in 1874, it seeks to create programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental growth of people throughout their lives. From its New York headquarters, 92Y offers thousands of programs, including talks with leaders in every field; outstanding performing, visual and literary arts presentations and classes; fitness and sports programs; and activities for children and families. 92Y creates community far beyond its four walls, bringing people from all over the world together through innovations like the award-winning #GivingTuesday. Along with live webcasts and a growing online archive of free talks and performances, it’s transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action. 92Y’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values: the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives, and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions and ethnicities. For more information, visit www.92Y.org.