We work with consultants and cultural partners to offer professional development programs for artists and arts administrators who are looking for help advancing their careers and growing in their creative sectors.

We create adaptive and interactive learning experiences for participants through both individualized and group learning. 

How it works:

  • Each program has an application process or registration form, which helps us better understand who we are serving.
  • Each program’s structure includes a blend of formal lectures, interactive workshops, and breakout groups.
  • Using a flexible approach, we assess and adjust to the needs of the cohort or participants throughout each program.


Our entrepreneurial trainings serve artists, creatives, students, and arts administrators. Customized to fit the needs of participants and partners, our intensives cover the fundamental principles of sustainability—and ultimately profitability—in the arts. Topics such as finance, law, marketing, and fundraising are addressed, with additional material adapted from NYFA’s popular The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2018) textbook. Whether you’re looking for a shift in thinking, strategies for your arts/creative business, or peer networks, our entrepreneurial programs provide dynamic planning tools for building a blueprint for your creative practice or arts enterprise.

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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.

The Incubator for Executive Leaders of Color 2023

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.

To learn more about upcoming calls for applications, and related workshops for arts administrators, please sign up to receive our bi-weekly NYFA News email.


NYFA has collaborated with numerous universities and organizations, both nationally and internationally, to bring our entrepreneurial training to hundreds of artists, creatives and students. Partners have included American University Museum, Arts League Long Island, Art Students League, Boston University (BU), the Center for Creative Practices (in Dublin, Ireland), College Art Association (CAA), East End Arts Council, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Oklahoma Arts Council, Performing Arts Administration – NYU Steinhardt, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), School of Visual Arts (SVA), Spain Culture New York, Tufts University, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (in Guatemala), and many others. NYFA is currently working with New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to provide programs throughout New York State. Learn more about our current and recent Educational Partnerships.


One-off workshops, held online via NYFA or online through our cultural partners. Visit our Events Page for current and upcoming events.

How it works:

  • Taking into consideration current needs and trends in the field, we curate one-off workshops that address different topics including but not limited to: art statement writing, strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, and finance.
  • These workshops can also address community-specific needs such as visa issues, Know Your Rights, health insurance, and language-access programming.

NYFA also provides our entrepreneurial trainings and workshops for organizations and academic institutions. Please contact [email protected] for pricing and availability with the subject line “Professional Development Services Inquiry.”


As an African American woman in a Development leadership role, creating a network of colleagues can be challenging in the New York City arts landscape. The Emerging Leaders Program helped me begin construction of my professional network and gave me so much more. Tools, industry trends, best practices, what NOT to do, mentors, and mentees are all things I cultivated by participating in this program.

Andrea Thompson, Director of Development, Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

I was able to close a deal on my first corporate sale that included six works. What I learned in Entrepreneurial Intensive helped me to make sure I considered all of the details, costs, and contract items very carefully. It was my most successful transaction ever and I was able to negotiate it from start to finish without wavering on terms. The Intensive not only gave me needed advice but it also built confidence.

Debb VanDelinder, Visual Artist

Image: detail Gabe Brown (Fellow in Painting ’18), Red Hot, 2016