Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship

Now Accepting Applications!

CT Office of the Arts | March 17, 2021 


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.
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is committed to expanding opportunities for individuals to participate in the arts as creators, arts administrator, and audience members. As part of the 2021 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship, COA will focus on individuals who are of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in arts administration roles.

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;
  • identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) or Native. We use this term to mean that we seek to serve individuals who identify as: Black/African/African American, Afro Latino/a/x, Caribbean, Chicano/a/x, Mexican, Central American, South American, Middle Eastern/North African, Southeast Asian/Asian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan. We recognize that these descriptions and this language is ever-evolving and will always be inadequate. If this description resonates with you, we invite you to apply.
  • have a minimum of two (2) years and less than ten (10) years of experience in the arts, not necessarily in arts administration;
  • be employed by a Connecticut non-profit arts organization at time of application; and
  • be employed by a Connecticut non-profit arts organization at time of professional development activity.

Fellowships are non-matching awards of $2,500. There is no predetermined number of Fellowships to be awarded. The Connecticut Office of the Arts determines the number of Fellowships awarded.

May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022


  • Funds may be used towards costs directly related to professional development activities that take place within the funding period, including but not limited to:
  • Tuition or registration fees for workshops, conferences, and trainings;
  • Fees to work directly with a consultant or career coach; and
  • Travel and hotel costs associated with attending a workshop, conference or training.


  • Funding to offset applicant’s regular salary or wages
  • Funding to offset general operating costs of the applicant’s affiliated arts organization
  • Costs incurred outside the funding period

Individuals must submit an application using the on-line SurveyMonkey Apply platform at click link below. 

Applications are due Friday, April 2, 2021 by 11:59 PM.

Contact Rhonda F. Olisky via email