Lessons from Field Leadership Fund, an Emerging Arts Fellowship
What happens when you give money, leadership training, and resources directly to underrepresented arts professionals? Intention, Accountability and Equity (IAE) is an inside glimpse into Field Leadership Fund: an 18-month leadership development program, and our most ambitious project to date. With personal accounts from The Field's staff, program leaders, and the Fellows themselves, IAE reveals where we succeeded, where we failed, and most importantly what we learned.
In transparently sharing our experience, we hope to build a bridge between program producers and participants, funders and providers, so that leadership development programs can more effectively and equitably meet the needs and goals of their participants – especially when aiming to serve historically marginalized people.
"Systemic and structural inequities are only intractable if we don't acknowledge our active or complicit contributions to these constructs. The Field's Intention, Accountability and Equity demonstrates that when we reflect and 'crack open' how and why we make decisions, we've entered the space where change is possible."
- Lisa Yancey, President, Yancey Consulting
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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.