Gyo Obata Fellowship: Arts Organizations

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.