Leadership Initiatives

Since 2013, NYFA Learning has offered free leadership development programs for over 150 arts administrators from arts and cultural New York City-area organizations representing all creative disciplines, within commuting distance to New York City.

Past participants represented organizations including Asian American Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Downtown Community Television Center, Dance for PD® Mark Morris Dance Group, Gibney, Flux Factory, Jack, Museum of Chinese in America, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, MoMA PS1, Roulette, Roxbury Arts Group, Staten Island Museum, The Juilliard School, The Public Theater, and Urban Glass, among many others.

In 2020, we launched the Incubator for Executive Leaders of Color, an outgrowth of the Emerging Leaders program. The incubator provides free leadership training and community support to selected participants for six months.

NYFA fosters the professional development of leaders of color and aims to encourage both the sustainability and success of their organizations and the equitability and diversity of the arts industry through programs like the Incubator for Executive Leaders of Color. NYFA believes that investments in cultural infrastructure build stronger links and shared knowledge between artists and arts administrators, which benefits the entire field.


Through the generous support of the Altman Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the third edition of The Incubator for Executive Leaders of Color, a free program that will provide leadership training and community support for up to 16-18 arts administrators from April to September 2023. By fostering the professional development of leaders of Color, we aim to encourage the sustainability and success of their organizations, and the equitability and diversity of the arts industry. Please click here for full details and to apply.

Application Opened: Wednesday, January 18, 10:00 AM EST 
Application Closes: Monday, March 13, 11:59 PM EDT
Notification: Applicants will be notified on or before Friday, April 7, 2023.


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“The NYFA Executive Leaders of Color program is transformative. The sessions are tailored to meet our needs as working professionals in the arts. The program provides practical tools to navigate culture as we navigate the impact of COVID-19 to better support our teams. Our mentors go above and beyond by providing counsel and the instructors are full of warmth and smarts. I will be collaborating with my cohort for years to come. This program truly made a positive difference in my life. Doors are now open so we can be the changemakers we are called to be.”

Christiamilda Correa, Development Director, Reel Works

Gabe Brown (Fellow in Painting ’18); Diamond Marsh; 2017; oil and acrylic on linen over wood panel