Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Fellowship

Program Overview


The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship is named in honor of Elizabeth L. Mahaffey, a former staff member who was an extraordinary mentor to young professionals pursuing a career in arts administration.  The Fellowship was established upon her retirement after more than 20 years of dedicated service at the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship provides funding to individuals  to pursue professional development opportunities that will advance their careers in arts administration.  Arts administration is the field that concerns the business operations of an arts organization, including but not limited to staff management, public relations, marketing, budget/fiscal management, board development, fund-raising, program development and evaluation.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts is committed to expanding opportunities for individuals to participate in the arts as creators, arts administrator, and audience members. As part of the 2021 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship, COA will focus on individuals who are of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in arts administration roles. 

An applicant may request up to $2,500.  There is no predetermined number of Fellowships to be awarded.  The Connecticut Office of the Arts determines the number of Fellowships awarded.

Funds may be used toward costs directly related to a professional development activity, including but not limited to:

  • Tuition or registration fees for workshops, conferences, and trainings
  • Fees to work directly with a consultant or career coach
  • Travel and hotel costs associated with attending a workshop, conference or training

    Ineligible expenses:
  • Funding to offset applicant’s regular salary or wages
  • Funding to offset general operating costs of the applicant’s affiliated arts organization
  • Costs incurred outside the funding period

Funds must be used during the funding period of May 1, 2021- April 30, 2022.