Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship

California Arts Council

AAAE is excited to announce the Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship!

We are are calling for fellows and host organizations, both based in California.

Please see links to the calls below. Application instructions are included.

Program Overview

The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) with the support of the California Arts Council (CAC) is implementing a fellow-driven grant program, aimed at identifying approximately 11 emerging arts administrators for support. These selected individuals will be paired with an equal number of arts and culture organizations dedicated to equity and community engagement for a 12-month paid fellowship.

The program’s objectives are to support the professional growth of individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to develop their careers as arts administrators, and to enhance the capacity of arts organizations for authentic community engagement with their audiences. The AAAE and CAC recognize that access barriers can be compounded by factors such as socio-economic status, geographic isolation, gender identity, racial identity, and disability. Therefore, the program is committed to addressing these barriers to achieve greater equity.

As the Administering Organization, AAAE will manage the application process for both Fellows and Host Organizations. It will also foster a cohort-based learning community for Fellows and Host Organizations. The selected Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000, access to professional development opportunities, and immersion in a supportive learning community. Additionally, $35,000 will be re-granted to Host Organizations, along with guidance to ensure an effective fellowship experience for their Fellows.

The application deadline is Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. More information and application guidelines can be found at

The Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship is supported by the California Arts Council (CAC) as a continued investment in the future of a creative California, an inclusive workforce in arts and culture, and the vibrancy of the organizations that are creating and preserving the cultural identities of all California communities.

Mission of the Association of Arts Administration: AAAE envisions a world in which arts administrators are effective, responsive, and proactive stewards of arts and culture who reflect the communities they serve, and its work advances an inclusive, equitable, and resilient environment for the arts by supporting arts administration education and serving as a hub for knowledge.

Mission of the California Arts Council: The mission of CAC, a state agency, is to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all.