Field Leadership Fund 2015-2017

FLF Mission and Goals: 

Field Leadership Fund is an 18-month Fellowship that offers real opportunities, remuneration and access to ambitious artists, arts organizations and arts managers who want to be leaders in the sector. We aim to move Manager Fellows into resilient and financially viable careers in the arts and to move Artist and Arts Organization Fellows into new stages of work that will push their artistic visions forward.

Ultimately, Field Leadership Fund forwards the notion that advancements in diversity among leadership will lead to a more equitable arts sector in New York City and beyond. This pilot incarnation of Field Leadership Fund is the programmatic result of our 2013 report on failure and success: “to fail and fail big.”
In the fall of 2015 we received 220+ applications, interviewed a quarter of those applicants, and selected 12 Fellows for the pilot year of this program. View the Guidelines and FAQs here.  

Field Leadership Fund began with a retreat in December 2015 followed by an 8-week workshop intensive on topics ranging from business systems to community engagement – all work was grounded in issues of equity and access. In April 2016 the Fellows were paired – one Manager with one Artist/Arts Organization. The Fellows worked in pairs through April 2017 to achieve their visions.  

2015-2017 FLF Fellows L to R*: Azure D. Osborne- LeeKyoung ParkGoussy CélestinRachel Y. DeGuzmanAya Lane
Bryan E. Glover, Eric LockleyKendra RossJehan O. Young, Sydnie L. MosleyAlexis Convento *not pictured Emily Berry

Learn more about the Fellows here.
Learn more about the work the paired Fellows are doing here.

Stay tuned for upcoming Field Leadership Fund (FLF) events and news at #FieldLeadershipFund and on our blog! 
For press or other inquiries contact FLF Project Manager, Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers at

“The Field’s work on failure and privilege deeply impresses me... I have been struck by their passion, authenticity and drive. They know what’s broken for artists and they work tirelessly to make it better. Their latest project, Field Leadership Fund, will be a strong driver of diverse next gen leaders. I can’t wait to see what they do.” 
- Edwin Torres, Former Associate Director of The Rockefeller Foundation and current Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

Advisory Council Members:
Sarita Covington □ Andrew Dinwiddie □ Kimani Fowlin □ Daniel Gallant □ Sara Juli □ Fran Kirmser □ Sophie Myrtil-McCourty  □  Jonathan McCrory  □  Beth Morrison □  Morgan von Prelle Pecelli □ Ben Pryor □  David Sheingold   □ Sydney Skybetter  □  Donna Walker-Kuhne

A very Special Thank You to our funders... Field Leadership Fund is generously supported by lead funding from The Scherman Foundation's Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund.  Additional support is provided by American Express, The Coach Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Field Leadership Fund is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.