Apply Today for the Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship

CT Office of the Arts | Feb 19, 2022

The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship provides funding to individuals to pursue professional development opportunities in field of arts administration. Arts administration is the field that concerns the business operations of an arts organization, including but not limited to staff management, public relations, marketing, budget/fiscal management, board development, fund-raising, program development and evaluation.


An individual must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • be a Connecticut resident;
  • be an arts administrator or an individual who aspires to become an arts administrator; and
  • have a minimum of two (2) years and less than ten (10) years of experience in the arts, not necessarily in the field of arts administration.


Fellowships are non-matching awards up to $2,500. 


May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023


The Connecticut Office of the Arts is committed to expanding opportunities for individuals to participate in the arts as creators, arts administrator, and audience members. The Fellowship’s focus is on individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in arts administration roles and/or live in a Distressed Municipality or a CT Rural Town. Special consideration will be given to professional development requests that support and/or align with COA’s READI goals. The review criteria is available HERE.


Applications are due Wednesday, April 6, 2022 by 11:59 PM.


Contact Rhonda F. Olisky via email at

About the Fellowship

The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship is named in honor of Elizabeth L. Mahaffey, a former staff member who was an extraordinary mentor to young professionals pursuing a career in arts administration. The Fellowship was established upon her retirement after more than 20 years of dedicated service at the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.