Elizabeth L Mahaffey Fellowship Grant Overview

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What is the Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship?

This program is named in honor of Elizabeth L. Mahaffey, a well-respected and loved former staff member who was an extraordinary mentor to young professionals pursuing arts administration careers. Elizabeth Mahaffey was dedicated to nurturing arts administrators, and the fellowship was established when she retired after more than 20 years of dedicated service at the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

This fellowship helps people pursue professional development opportunities that will advance their careers in arts administration. These administrators are responsible for the business operations of an arts organization, such as staff management, public relations, marketing, budget/fiscal management, board development, fundraising, and program development.

Applicants may request up to $2,500. There is no predetermined number of fellowships to be awarded: The Connecticut Office of the Arts determines how many are awarded, although COA usually awards 2-3 fellowships per year.


Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2024.


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