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Gyo Obata Fellowship

The 2020 Gyo Obata Fellowship application for fellows will open in December 2019. Sign up to receive an email notification when it opens.

Host Organization Application Open Now through January 13, 2020

Apply to be a Host Organization for Summer 2020

The Gyo Obata Fellowship is a program for undergraduate students pursuing careers in arts management. With major funding provided by the Gateway Foundation, the program will address the need for a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable local nonprofit arts and culture sector.

Group of 10 college students who were the 2019 Gyo Obata FellowsThe Gyo Obata Fellowship is a substantive, full-time, summer work opportunity for college undergraduates from backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in the arts. The 10-week paid summer fellowship program will provide a minimum of ten college students working towards careers in arts administration with a hands-on introduction to arts nonprofits in St. Louis City and County.

The program will match undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with host nonprofit arts organizations. The program is intended to be mutually beneficial, providing arts organizations with financially subsidized staff to support ongoing operations or address the needs of special projects during the summer months.

To host a fellow, host applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in St. Louis City and County
    • Organizations can include museums, visual arts organizations, performing, presenting (including film and media organizations with a presenting program), arts service and literary arts organizations that are not part of a college or university.
  • Have a budget with an annual operating income of $100,000 or more.
  • Have a minimum of one full-time staff member
  • Have a dedicated and accessible office space with furniture and adequate business machines, such as computers, copy machines, etc.
  • Does not receive funding from the Zoo Museum District (ZMD)

Successful host candidates also should be able to demonstrate:

  • A commitment to cultural equity in the arts
  • A proposed arts management project that is challenging and substantive
  • A positive and supportive working and learning environment

The Gyo Obata Fellowship is a program of the Regional Arts Commission (RAC), with major support from the St. Louis-based Gateway Foundation.