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Arts Management | Art Works Now Fellowship

National Center for Creative AgingThe AU Arts Management Program, in collaboration with the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), offers a prestigious merit-based award to full-time graduate students entering the Arts Management Program. MA candidates receive a stipend and an opportunity to pursue professional projects at NCCA, the only national service organization in the country dedicated to arts and aging.

Dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and quality of life for older adults, the National Center for Creative Aging is the national clearinghouse at the nexus of creativity and aging. NCCA focuses its efforts within three target areas: Health and Wellness; Lifelong Learning; and Community Engagement.

At NCCA we focus on providing technical assistance, education, research, and advocacy through a variety of programs with the overarching goal of ensuring that all people have an opportunity to participate in high quality arts engagement programs.  

NCCA’s programs include:

  • Research Center for Arts & Culture Art Cart: Saving the Legacy
  • Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential, sponsored by Life'sDHA
  • National Endowment for the Arts Creativity and Aging in America Program Directory
  • MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Initiative Leadership Award Program; Technical Assistance Grants and Speakers/Consultant Bureau
  • MetLife Foundation Grantmakers’ Partnership Project
  • Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD, Research Award in Creative Aging
  • Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center Community Living Center
  • Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium

NCCA has collaborated with national, regional, and local organizations on a variety of publications, research projects, advocacy programs and strategic planning projects in an effort to further this fast-growing field.    

NCCA is looking for a graduate fellow with:

  • Strong project management skills;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • A keen sense of community dynamics addressing aging, intergenerational and cross cultural initiatives;
  • Some years of professional experience;
  • Interest in providing arts opportunities to underserved populations like older adults.

US citizenship or permanent residence is required. The Fellow must be enrolled full-time in the arts management master's program at American University and meet the requirements of a Merit Awardee at American University.

During the academic year, the NCCA Fellow will work 10 hours/week at NCCA (summer hours are handled separately). The Fellow is awarded a $7500 stipend and 3 credits of tuition remission.

The AU Arts Management Program blends rigorous academics with practical and hands-on learning opportunities. Our partnership with NCCA is an ideal example of this commitment in action.