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The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Fellowship in Arts Management Program (FAM), in partnership with the Arts Management Program at American University, offers two merit-based nine-month Fellowships to the next generation of arts managers. Full-time incoming or rising second year MA students in the Arts Management Program are eligible to apply through a competitive process. MA candidates receive a scholarship for a designated number of academic credits and a stipend.

FAM participants receive intensive training in areas such as arts management, strategic planning, fundraising, finance, artistic planning, and marketing; exposure to executive leadership and involvement in special projects of the student's personal interest and benefit to the Kennedy Center; collaborative work opportunities across the organization, and ongoing personalized mentoring from a senior level staff advisor, tailored to the needs of the Fellow. Academic advisors support Fellows as they pursue their organizational and professional objectives. The Fellow receives their stipend from the Kennedy Center.

From American University, FAM participants receive tuition credits described below, benefit from joint learning with the AU external Fellows' cohort, and receive ongoing advising from the designated AU faculty member. Fellows profit from the opportunity to mesh classroom and fellowship learning.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Have a minimum of two years working experience at an arts or cultural organization
  • Have an excellent command of business English, oral and written
  • Be able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship (Sept 2016-May 2017)

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world class international performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of its mission, vision, and values. Its staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences, which enable them to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

The AU Arts Management Program has been committed to blending rigorous academics with practical, hands-on learning opportunities for over forty years. This partnership with the Kennedy Center is an embodiment of this commitment in action.

There are two fellowships, one in Development and one in Education.

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 Kennedy Center Fellow will work 20 hours/week at the Kennedy Center (summer hours are handled separately). The fellow is awarded a $15,000 stipend and six credits of tuition remission per academic year.


Development at the Kennedy Center

Symposium at AU's Katzen Arts Center

The Department of Development is responsible for the planning and execution of fundraising activity for the Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington National Opera. This includes identifying, cultivating, soliciting, entertaining and stewarding donors and prospects. The department raises nearly $80 million in contributed revenue annually through a donor base composed of approximately 200 major gift donors, 2,000 Circles donors, 29,000 individual members, and 200 corporate and foundation benefactors. The department manages the function of and cultivates nine constituent groups including the NSO Board, the WNO Board, the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts (PACA), the National Committee for the Performing Arts (NCPA), the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts (KCICA), the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, the Kennedy Center Circles Board, the WNO Council, and the National Trustees of the NSO (NSONT). The department additionally manages the Roger L. Stevens Society, the Washington National Opera Legacy Society, the Rostropovich Legacy Guild and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Board, while overseeing the development stewardship of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees.

Kennedy Center Development Department Fellow

The Fellow will have the opportunity to engage with key staff members on several critical focus areas for the Kennedy Center's Development department, such as individual giving, designated campaigns, planned giving, capital campaigns, and fund raising events.

The Development Fellow will acquire increased responsibility over the course of nine months in research, prospecting, proposal writing, stewardship, donor interaction, and projects of importance to the Kennedy Center, as well as providing additional support to Kennedy Center staff as needed.

The Development Fellow will have the opportunity to assist in furthering projects related to the focus areas of the Development department as they relate with other parts of the Kennedy Center, including marketing, programming, education and finance.

The Fellowship is structured to enable the Fellow to further explore areas that are of interest to his or her professional development and that align with the Kennedy Center's mission, vision and values.

To apply, please submit a statement by July 18, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EST (one page or less) with your contact information and resume describing your interest and qualifications for the Kennedy Center Fellowship to, subject line "KC FAM/Development."


Education at the Kennedy Center

Students at AU Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium.

Through more than 25 educational programs, quality arts experiences are provided for students, teachers, families, and the general public in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area, throughout the United States, and internationally. Each year, the Center's education programs directly serve more than 7 million people. The mission for education at the Kennedy Center is to foster understanding of and participation in the performing arts through exemplary programs and performances for diverse populations of all ages that represent the unique cultural life and heritage of the United States.

The educational resources of the Kennedy Center, including those of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, VSA (the international arts and disability organizations), and the Washington National Opera focus on commissioning, producing, and presenting performances and educational events for young people and their families; school- and community-based residencies; workshops and seminars that directly impact teachers, school administrators, and artists through professional learning that emphasizes arts integration and arts as a core curriculum area; creating educational resources and materials via print and the internet; partnerships with arts and education organizations and schools; and the development of careers in the arts for young people and aspiring professionals.

Kennedy Center Education Division Fellow

A) The Education Fellow would work across the Division and it's nearly 40 distinct arts education programs to project manage the development of a plan for establishing a "National Arts Summer Camp" and "Local Arts Learning Lab" at the forthcoming building expansion campus (pilot in 2018). The Fellow would conduct a survey of current Center programs as well as in the field, research best practices, and work across teams and community members in order to develop a plan for implementing a set of arts learning opportunities at the center over a 3-5 year initial window.

B) The Education Fellow would serve as a liaison between the Center's Education staff and the President 's Committees on the Arts and Humanities to transition the Turnaround Arts program to the Center by the start of 2017. This would require collaboration and facilitation skills in leading meetings, strategic planning, and data analysis.

Background in arts education and/or career interest in arts education preferred.

Final placement in options A or B dependent upon background of successful candidate. To apply, please submit a statement by July 18, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EST (one page or less) with your contact information and resume describing your interest and qualifications for the Kennedy Center Fellowship to, subject line "KC FAM/Education."