CCT: Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship

Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship

The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship annually recognizes one exceptionally accomplished Connecticut arts administrator with a $2,500 award to be used for professional development activities.  To be eligible, administrators must be state residents employed by Connecticut nonprofit arts organizations (or involved in ongoing arts programs of nonprofit organizations, municipalities, colleges and universities).  Applicants must have at least seven years of professional arts administration experience, including three with their current organization.  Individuals must be full-time residents of the state. Administrators employed as consultants, contractors or subcontractors are not eligible to apply. Unpaid and volunteer staff members are also ineligible.

FY14 Guidelines: PDF 

The application for the 2014 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship
is now available at
Application deadline: 11:59 p.m., Monday, February 3, 2014.

Helen Kauder
was awarded the 2013 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship {Headshot of Helen Kauder. Photo by Harold Shapiro}
for her professional accomplishments as an arts administrator.

After spending 15 years working in senior positions in investment banking and business development at Citicorp and Yale University, she co-founded City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS) in 1998. She has produced and grown the annual CWOS festival for 12 of its last 15 years, and also organized other largescale, participatory visual arts projects that mobilize New Havenís diverse communities, including a 2004 partnership with the New Haven Manufacturing Association entitled Factory Direct: New Haven (with Curator Denise Markonish), a 2007 partnership with Creative Capital and the Connecticut Lodging Association which led to 50,000 Beds (a consortium with Real Art Ways and the Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art, and the artist Chris Doyle), and Library Science (a 2011 partnership with the Connecticut Library Consortium, with guest curator Rachel Gugelberger).

Her work extends to arts mentoring programs pairing esteemed working artists with high school students attending New Haven Public Schools. In 2007-2008 she served as Deputy Director of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. She has served on the City of New Havenís Cultural Affairs Commission and is the recipient of Yaleís Elm-Ivy award and the Greater New Haven Arts Councilís Opening Doors and Building Bridges (1998) and Against the Grain (2012) awards, and the Connecticut Commission on the Artsí 2003 Distinguished Advocates of the Arts award. She is honored to have served as a grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and Institute for Museum & Library Services.

Outside of her work at Artspace, she has served on the Board of Site Projects, is the current Treasurer of the music organization, The Hugo Kauder Society and is the Board Chair of the Coop Center for Creativity, a literacy organization focused on improving the writing skills of students in New Haven public schools.Kauder earned a BS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA at the University of Chicago.

For more information, contact
Rhonda F. Olisky at 860-256-2752 or

Past Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Fellowship recipients:

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