CCT: Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship

2018 Mahaffey Recipients!
Congratulations to Jennifer Dupre, Development Manager at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven and Dr. Colette Hall, Artistic Operations Director at Hartford Symphony Orchestra on being named a 2018 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Fellowship recipient.

The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship supports emerging and mid-career arts administrators in Connecticut as they pursue professional development and other opportunities that will advance their careers in arts administration.

To be eligible, an individual must:

  • Currently work or be officially affiliated with a Connecticut non-profit arts organization;
  • Be a Connecticut resident; and
  • Have been employed fewer than eight (8) consecutive years as an arts administrator.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts will award one (1) $2,500 grant in each category:
  1. Emerging Arts Administrator with 2-4 years experience
  2. Mid-career Arts Administrator with 5-8 year experience

Funds may be used for a wide-range of activities aimed at strengthening the individualís arts leadership, business or career goals.  Funds may be used to support the participation in activities including:
  • Tuition or registration fees for workshops, conference, and trainings, including travel and hotel costs
  • Fees to work directly with consultants or career coaches; and
  • Directly related costs for professional development activities that take place within the funding period.

FY18 Mahaffey Fellowship Funding Period: May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019.

For more information, contact
Rhonda F. Olisky via email at

In 2017, the Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship was re-designed with a focus on supporting emerging and mid-career arts administrators with fewer than eight (8) consecutive years as an arts administrator.  The recipients the 2017 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship were:

  • Calida N. Jones, Artistic Director, Bravo Waterbury!
  • Taneisha Duggan, Producing Associate, TheaterWorks
  • Kristen Palmer, Artistic Director, Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater

For many years, the Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Fellowship recognized one exceptionally accomplished Connecticut arts administrator with at least seven (7) years of professional arts administration experience, including three (3) years with their current organization.  Former Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Fellowship recipients include:

  •   Emily Mattina, Artistic Director, Shakesperience Productions Inc.
  •   Steve Collins, Executive Director, Hartford Symphony Orchestra
  •   Helen Kauder, Executive Director, Artspace (New Haven) 
  •   Rabbi Donna Berman, Executive Director, Charter Oak Cultural Center
  •   Michael Stotts, Managing Director, Hartford State 
  •   Steve Sigel, Executive Director, Garde Arts Center
  •   Ann Shapiro, Executive Director, Connecticut Storytelling Center
  •   Lou Ursone, Director, Curtain Call, Inc. 
  •   Harry Philbrick, Director, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 
  •   Jeffry Walker, Director, Austin Arts Center at Trinity College
  •   Alexander Taylor, former Co-Director, Curbstone Press
  •   Pamela Tatge, Director, Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts
  •   Vita West Muir, Executive Director, Litchfield Performing Arts
  •   Dollie McLean, Executive Director, Artists Collective
  •   Victoria Nolan, Managing Director, Yale Repertory Theatre
  •   R. Rennie McQuilkin, former Director, Sunken Garden Poetry Festival
  •   Will K. Wilkins, Executive Director, Real Art Ways

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