Announcing: 2024 Emerging Leaders Program Cohort

Announcing: 2024 Emerging Leaders Program Cohort
Image: 2024 Emerging Leaders cohort photographed at the NYFA Office, Photo Credit: Ju Hye Kim/NYFA

Congratulations and welcome to the newest cohort of participants in NYFA’s intensive professional development program for arts administrators!

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)’s intensive professional development program for arts administrators returns! Last offered in 2020, we are pleased to announce the participants in the 2024 cohort of our Emerging Leaders Program, made possible through funding from The Willem de Kooning Foundation. The year-long program provides free leadership training for arts administrators, and 149 arts administrators have participated in the program since its inception. 

NYFA believes that investments in cultural infrastructure build stronger links and shared knowledge between artists and arts administrators, which benefits the entire field.

2024 Emerging Leaders Cohort

Ami Scherson, Membership and Individual Giving Manager, National Sawdust

Analisa Bell, Education and Operations Manager, The New York Pops

Anastasia Gudko, Founder, Ukrainian Arts Club

Andreas Huang, Assistant Performance Producer, Whitney Museum of American Art

Ashley Theagene, Manager, Arts Center & Resident Programs, Entertainment Community Fund

Chandler Smith, Associate Producer, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Corrine Rodriguez, Operations Manager, TRANSART

Desirée González Acevedo, Senior Manager, Events and Rentals, Brooklyn Museum

Didintle Ntsie, Grants and Artist Engagement Managers, Brooklyn Arts Council

Emma Ike, Education Manager, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum

Hastings Hill, Communications Manager, Dance/NYC

Jesse Perez Antigua, Youth Media Community Programs Manager, DCTV (Downtown Community Television Center)

Jessica Albert, Development and Events Manager, Garrison Art Center

Jessica Jackson, Director of Programs & Education, Bronx Children’s Museum

Joe Hetterly, Interim Budgets Manager, The Public Theater

Kaitlin McClure, Gallery and Residency Manager, Greenwich House Pottery

Kestrel Wolgemuth, Associate Director of Programming, Irish Arts Center

Lilia Perez, Grants Manager, Arts Mid-Hudson

Michael Barraco, Gallery Director, KinoSaito 

Naja Gordon, Program Manager, Guaranteed Income for Artists, Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY)

Richard Wilson, Exhibition and Production Designer, MoMAPS1

Sarah McCaffery, Programming Manager & Associate Curator, Harlem Stage 

Thais Bignardi, Manager of Visitor Engagement, Museum of Arts and Design

Zahar Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Director of Education Operations – Frederick A. O. Schwarz Education Center, Museum of the City of New York

NYFA’s Emerging Leaders Program is made possible with the generous support of The Willem de Kooning Foundation.

This program is part of NYFA Learning, which includes professional development for artists and arts administrators. Sign up for NYFA’s free bi-weekly newsletter to receive updates on future programs. 

Amy Aronoff
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