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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. Sign up for NYFA's free, bi-weekly newsletter if you are interested in hearing about future Boot Camp programs.

Learn about Emerging Leaders Boot Camp Program for Arts Administrators

Learn about Boot Camps for Artists

What Others Are Saying


NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp is a free leadership development program for arts administrators from all disciplines within commuting distance to New York City. The nine-month program includes five full-day intensives, check-ins, individual consultations, and a two-day final session.

NYFA is pleased to announce the fifth session of Emerging Leaders Boot Camp, which will train up to 25 arts administrators in the principles of leadership. The core objective of the program is to provide participants with skills that will assist them in their current roles in order to be more effective within their own organizations, as well as develop training that will help them to assume more executive roles in the future. Since its inception, more than 100 arts administrators have participated in the program, coming from a diverse range of arts organizations serving a wide variety of disciplines and constituents.


Christina Aguirre, Program Manager, National Dance Institute, New York, NY

Karesia Batan, Executive Director, The Physical Plant | Queensboro Dance Festival, Queens, NY

Ryan Collins, Associate Director of Operations, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY

Eva Mayhabal Davis, Gallery and Studio Program Manager, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

Raquel Du Toit, Program Director, Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY

Ariel Estrada, Manager of Communications, The Tank, New York, NY

Rylee Eterginoso, Public Programs Manager, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY

Sade Falebita, Associate Director of Youth Programs, Downtown Community Television Center, New York, NY

Lauren Gardner, Director, Babycastles, New York, NY

Ron Kavanaugh, Executive Director, Literary Freedom Project, Bronx, NY

Bora Kim, Program Manager, Artist Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

Suzanne Lio, Managing Director, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT

Nadxieli Nieto, Program Director, Literary Awards, PEN America, New York, NY


Kelly Olshan, Program Manager, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, NY

Olga Putilina, Artistic Programming Manager, New Victory Theater, New York, NY

Rachel Roberge, School Director, Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, NY

Clarivel Ruiz, President/Founder, Dominicans Love Haitians Movement, Brooklyn, NY

Amber Sasse, Manager of Special Events and Membership, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY

Myla Seabrook, Events Manager, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Molly Silberberg, Associate Director, Humanities, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

Tali Stolzenberg-Myers, Associate Producer, Public Programs, The New York Public Library, New York, NY

Melissa West, Vice President of Curation, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island, NY

Britta Wheeler, Founder and Executive Director, The Children's Institute of Fashion Arts, New York, NY

Jenn Anne Williams, Education Liaison, Marquis Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Neil Wu-Gibbs, Manager of Special Events and Board Relations & Special Assistant to the President, Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY

Please visit the following links for a list of alumni from the inaugural cohort and 2014, 2016, and 2018 programs. Note that all affiliations are taken from the time the arts administrator participated in the program.

This program is made possible with the generous support of American Express.


Customized to fit the needs of participants and partners, The "Artist as Entrepreneur" 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, 2018). 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 the College Arts Association (CAA), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Tufts University, American University Museum, Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts (SVA), Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Performing Arts Administration - NYU Steinhardt, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (in Guatemala), the Center for Creative Practices (in Dublin, Ireland), Spain Culture New York, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, East End Arts Council, Arts League Long Island, and many others. NYFA is currently working with New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to provide programs throughout New York State over a three-year period.


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

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

Artist and Arts Administrator 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

“Participating in NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp was an incredibly valuable and treasured experience. The content of the program spanned many areas of the nonprofit arts sector and featured insightful, knowledgeable presenters. I was able to immediately implement learnings in my daily work as an arts administrator and I can envision carrying lessons with me well into my career. Most significant, however, has been the experience of connecting with the NYFA learning team and my fellow Boot Camp participants. This cohort of dedicated, forward-thinking individuals continue to inspire me and I am forever grateful to NYFA for bringing us together in this meaningful way.” - Maria Fumai Dietrich, Membership and Individual Giving Manager, Parrish Art Museum

“My experience in NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp was overwhelmingly positive. Entering the program, I was overwhelmed with the disorganization and hectic infrastructure of nonprofit work, but now I feel re-energized and have concrete tools to implement when faced with challenges in the future.” - Katie Rainey, Director of Teaching Artist Project, Community-Word Project

“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, Pianist

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Laura Gail Tyler (Fellows in Photography ’06)

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