HueArts NYS Leadership Cohort

The HueArts NYS Leadership Cohort (HALC-NYS) created by Museum Hue through support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is a six month fellowship that will provide leadership training and networking for 15 arts leaders across New York from June 2024 to November 2024. 

HueArts NYS Fellows will explore organizational leadership methodology, and best practices in cultural leadership. Through the program, they will become part of a network of like-minded colleagues facing similar challenges as leaders of color within cultural organizations. 

Topics that will be covered during the Fellowship program will include:

  • Community and Collaboration
  • Resources Development and Fundraising
  • Policy and Advocacy Communications
  • Competitive Marketing
  • Strategic Planning

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will receive a certificate of completion and a stipend of $4,500 to support their work as arts and culture leaders across NYS. 

HALC-NYS stems from our HueArts NYS research, findings, and recommendations, which highlights the need for greater funding and professional development opportunities for arts organizations founded and led by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and all People of Color.  Our research of New York State’s arts ecosystem, established that these arts organizations receive less funding and technical support for their work. Although widely known anecdotally, we have compiled data to highlight this reality. Our goal is to combat racial and funding inequality that permeates throughout the arts landscape. The first iteration of this program will begin with arts leaders in New York State, outside the five boroughs, to address the lack of support received by arts organizations located in other parts of the state’s regions. 

This six-session program will be hybrid with one session conducted in-person, June 2024 – November 2024. Participants are expected to attend every session of the program. 

The first iteration of this program will begin with arts leaders with 0-10 years of experience in leadership roles at HueArts organizations in New York State, outside the five boroughs, to address the lack of support received by arts organizations located in other parts of the state’s regions.

The HueArts NYS Fellowship will:

  • Address issues specific to arts and cultural leadership and organizations;
  • Provide resources to support the sustainability and “thrivability” of fellows’ organization, staff, and communities;
  • Develop a network of arts leaders and organizations to encourage collaboration;
  • Strengthen fellows’ arts administration skill sets in organizational development, fundraising, community engagement, collaboration, advocacy, and more;
  • Produce a written analysis related to substantiating the value of orgs of color beyond diversity, equity, and inclusion placements, to be published in partnership with Museum Hue and made available to the greater cultural sector.

Mandatory Program Dates:

Please note that attendance is mandatory for all sessions, so please check your calendar before applying. Applicants should have a hold on their calendars for the following dates from 10 am – 4 pm ET:

Orientation: Wednesday, June 26 (virtual)
Thursday, July 18 (virtual)
Thursday, August 8 (virtual)
Thursday, September 12 (virtual)

Thursday, October 10 (virtual)
Closing Session: Friday, November 22 (in-person – TBD)
(with November 21 and November 23 as travel dates)*

*Timing for the program on the in-person date will be reflective of a full day of programming.

This program is designed to be hybrid, with one in-person session. All other sessions will be hosted virtually on Zoom.

Meet the Fellows!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I or my organization is qualified to participate in this program?

Eligible participants should meet the following criteria: 

  • Your organization has been vetted and listed on the HueArts NYS map: Check here. If your organization is not included on the map, please review the criteria above under “What are the criteria for qualified HueArts organizations?”
  • You are in leadership at an arts nonprofit organization founded and led by Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, and all people of color, operating within New York State, but outside of New York City. 
  • You are within leadership of the organization for 0 – 10 years (ex. Director level, Executive Director, President, CEO, Board President)*
  • You are committed to attend all six mandatory sessions 
  • You are a current resident of New York State (including Long Island) working outside of NYC. 
  • The organization you are representing is located in New York State (including Long Island) operating outside of NYC
What are the criteria for qualified HueArts NYS organizations?

In order to be considered a HueArts NYS organization, an organization must meet the following:

  • Operating within New York State, but outside of New York City
  • A public-serving arts, outdoor arts education, or cultural organization centered around Black, Latinx/o, Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, or another communities of color.
  • Founded and currently led by someone identifying as Black, Latinx/o, Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, or another person of color. (Co-founded by a person of color is also acceptable)

If you have a question if your organization is qualified, please email

Will I be compensated for the in-person travel dates?

Yes, all participants will be provided lodging and will be reimbursed for necessary ground travel expenses for all in-person engagements for the program.

For what purpose is the stipend to be used?

We are pleased to be able to provide a $4500 stipend to offset costs of participating in the program. Participants may use the stipend for themselves or designate to their organization.

Will I hear from you even if I am not selected?

Yes! All applicants will hear from us regardless of status for the program throughout the review process.

What if I cannot attend every date listed? Can I still apply?

This may not be the time for you to apply. We require all program participants to be available and in attendance for the aforementioned dates.

Do I need to be a person of color to be eligible to participate?

Your host organization must meet all of the HueArts NYS criteria. We strongly encourage applications from members of any underrepresented group including but not limited to those of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent.

Do I have to reside outside of NYC to participate in this program if my organization is based outside of the five boroughs?

Applicants can reside in the five boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island) or the New York Metro area (including NJ and CT), but the organization’s headquarters must be based in New York State, outside of New York City.

Do I need to be paid staff to participate?

We recognize the many ways nonprofit organizations are currently sustained through volunteer leadership. We do not require applicants or participants to be paid staff to participate in this program.


Applicants will be notified on or before June 7, 2024. Please do not call or email for your application status. We will be providing applicants with timely updates on their status. 


Computer-generated captions are available for all virtual programming. ASL Interpretation and/or Live Captioning is available if requested during the application process. For all other access support, please let us know at the time of application.

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