The Gyo Obata Fellowship will match selected nonprofit arts organizations with qualified undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in arts administration for a 10-week fellowship experience in the summer of 2019.
With major support provided by the Gateway Foundation, selected nonprofit arts organizations will receive funding to cover the costs of a hiring a fellow.
The 2019 program dates are Monday, June 3, to Thursday, August 8, 2019. All fellows work Monday through Friday, full-time, for 10 weeks at their respective arts organizations. Specific daily work schedules will be set by individual host organizations.
The ideal fellowships are those that have a mutually beneficial impact for hosting organization and a positive learning experience for the student in key areas of arts management, such as fundraising, financial management, marketing, or programming.
Host Requirements and Eligibility
To host a fellow, 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, software, copy machines, etc.
- Does not receive funding from the Zoo Museum District (ZMD)
Successful 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 and not only clerical in nature
- A positive and supportive working and learning environment
For complete information, see the Host Organization Guidelines (PDF).
January 15 – Arts Organization Application Due
April 5 – Notification to Selected Fellows and Hosts (Placement of Fellows at Hosts)
June 3 – Fellowship Begins
August 8 – Fellowship Ends
The application is due January 15. Apply to be a host organization now!
The Gyo Obata Fellowship is a program of the Regional Arts Commission (RAC), with major support from the St. Louis-based Gateway Foundation.