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Boot Camps

Photograph of NYFA Boot Camp Participants

NYFA offers regular Boot Camps for artists of all disciplines as well as arts administrators.

These programs provide intensive professional development training, utilize individual and group learning, and emphasize community-building among the participants. Applications for this cycle are now closed. If you are interested in hearing about future Boot Camp programs, sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date.

Learn about Emerging Leaders Boot Camp Program for Arts Administrators
Learn about Boot Camps for Artists
What Others Are Saying About Boot Camp

Emerging Leaders Boot Camp Program for Arts Administrators

NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp is a free leadership development program for arts administrators. The year-long schedule includes five full-day intensives, check-ins and individual consultations, and a two-day final session.

After careful consideration of an impressive and competitive field of over 100 applicants, New York Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce the participants for the 2016 Emerging Leaders Boot Camp program.

NYFA firmly believes that through this program, we make an investment in the cultural infrastructure that will ultimately benefit the entire field, building stronger connections and shared knowledge between artists and arts administrators.

Now in its third incarnation, the program also includes an alumni component to support ongoing leadership development in the arts community.

2016 Emerging Leaders Boot Camp Program Participants

Amy Appleton, Arts Mentoring Program Manager
Free Arts NYC, New York, NY

Daniel Benavent, Associate Producer and Opera Studio Manager
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

Meredith Dixon, Business Manager
Atlantic Theater Company, New York, NY

Heidi Elbers, Director of Exhibitions and Alumni Affairs
New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

Dan Fishman, Programming and Events Associate
Bryant Park Corporation, Manhattan, NY

Lauren Flanigan, Founder/Director
Music and Mentoring House, New York, NY

Danielle Green, Marketing Manager
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Newark, NJ

Anjali Goyal, Development Manager
Asian American Arts Alliance, Brooklyn, NY

Vanessa Hadox, Manager of Institutional Giving
Groundswell, Brooklyn, NY

Gloria Hage, Executive Director
Robin Becker Dance, New York, NY

Joseph Hall, Deputy Director, Programming and Operations
BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx, NY

Bonnie Harris, Administrator for the MFA Program in Creative Writing
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

PennyMaria Jackson, Marketing Manager
Alvin Ailey America Dance Theater, New York, NY

Maria Kelly, Dance for PD®, Program Coordinator
Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, NY

Allison Kline, Director of Foundation and Government Relations
Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY

Anjanette Levert, Program Manager
The Documentary Forum, New York, NY

Sarah McLellan, Managing Director
Clubbed Thumb, New York, NY

Christopher Mulé, Director of Folk Arts
Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY

Mary Prescott, Founder, Artistic Director and CEO
Lyra Music, Inc., Northampton, MA/New York City, NY

Tricia Sardo, Assistant Director of Individual Giving & Special Events
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY

Clement So, Artistic Administrator
92nd Street Y (Tisch Center for the Arts), New York, NY

Kendra Sullivan, Program Manager
The Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY

Diya Vij, Digital Communications Manager
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), Manhattan, NY

Anne Wheeler, Assistant Curator
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Rishauna Zumberg, Program Director
Lineage Project, Bronx, NY

Alumni come from a diverse range of arts organizations serving a wide variety of disciplines and constituents: participating organizations have included Abrons Arts Center of Henry Street Settlement, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), Catskill Art Society, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, CUE Art Foundation, Dieu Donne, Gibney Dance, Flux Factory, Jack, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, Lincoln Center Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), NYC Department of Design and Construction, Poetry Society of America, Roundabout Theatre Company, Roulette, Spain Culture New York, Roxbury Arts Group, The Public Theater, Triangle Arts Association, Urban Bush Women, UrbanGlass, among many others.

Questions: Bootcamp@nyfa.org

This program is made possible with the generous support of American Express and The Howard Gilman Foundation.

Boot Camps for Artists

Customized to fit the needs of participants and partners, Boot Camp is a course that teaches the fundamental principles of sustainability—and ultimately profitability—in the arts. This includes classes on finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material is drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook which accompanies this curriculum, The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2011). The structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” which provides a blueprint for their future project, career, and business goals. Each receives specific feedback from experts in the field as well as their peers in the course.

The program first began in 2010, funded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, earning rave reviews from participants and generating significant interest from the wider community. Participating artists have collaborated on numerous projects and business ventures, produced several arts festivals, and developed networks and opportunities that continue to this day. NYFA staff remains actively engaged with program graduates through private Facebook groups and other networking tools, alerting them to relevant opportunities in their respective disciplines, and encouraging continued group communication.

NYFA has collaborated with numerous universities and organizations, both nationally and internationally, to bring this program to hundreds of artists.  Partners have included Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYU’s Performing Arts Administration Program, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (in Guatemala), the Center for Creative Practices (in Dublin, Ireland), Spain Culture New York, and many others.

What Others Are Saying About Boot Camp

“[A] course designed to help artists help themselves.” (The New York Times, June, 2010)

“The Artist As Entrepreneur…equips artists with the practical skills to help them succeed.” (Forbes.com, February, 2012)

Artists Testimonials:

“NYFA’s entrepreneurial program was and continues to be instrumental in my career development.  They have helped me define my goals as an artist, gave me confidence, and unearthed the true meaning of entrepreneurship. It’s the gift that keeps giving.”

Jonathan Stuart Cerullo
Producer | Director
JSCTheatricals LLC

“NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp radically changed how I work and who I am as a leader. The program offered me a crash-course in arts administration in an immersive, emotionally intelligent, collaborative environment among colleagues in my field. The facilitators and workshop presenters were extraordinarily experienced, articulate, and precise about the content they delivered, and how the group was responding to the content. What I learned, and how I am putting it into practice is still unfolding, and I am hugely grateful to NYFA for such offering such generous support to arts organizations in NYC.” -

Jordan Dann
Education Director for Teachers & Writers Collaborative

“Boot Camp was an exciting learning experience where I got to meet and work alongside so many amazing, creative colleagues whom I still keep in touch with today. I’m thankful to the program for giving me the tools, support, and confidence to move forward with my projects. “

Eunbi Kim



Please contact bootcamp@nyfa.org or sign up for NYFA’s mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities. In addition to Boot Camps, NYFA offers professional development programming for artists and arts administrators through individual consultations, mentoring for immigrant artists, and workshops through NYFA Learning. For more professional development resources, visit NYFA Classifieds, NYFA Source, NYFA's online database of opportunities, and read NYFA’s comprehensive career guide, The Profitable Artistfor artists working in all disciplines.

Photos: Courtesy of Jecca, Stealth Art. At left: NYFA’s Executive Director Michael Royce speaking with Boot Camp participants, July 2010. Right: Opening reception of the Boot Camp Festival Exhibition at NYFA’s Gallery, 2010.