The Arts and Education Council (A&E) is pleased to announce that after seven transformative and successful years at the Regional Arts Commission, the Katherine Dunham Fellowship will relocate to the A&E in 2018 for its eighth successful year in developing a pipeline of African-American leaders in the arts.

The move to A&E will further expand the programs offerings to include immersion in fundraising, corporate relations, database management, fiscal and board management, all critical skills needed to manage an arts organization in the 21st century.

The Katherine Dunham Fellowship is a 16-week learning opportunity designed to prepare African-American individuals who have been historically under-represented in the field of arts administration for careers in the nonprofit arts and culture sector. It provides experience in arts administration, a $3,000 stipend and additional personal and professional enrichment opportunities.

Named in honor of the dancer, choreographer and activist, the Katherine Dunham Fellowship was created and is funded by Sara and Jack Burke to give African-Americans an opportunity to explore, gain experience in and be mentored in the field of arts administration and to subsequently find employment and achieve success working at local arts and cultural institutions.

Applicants to the Katherine Dunham Fellowship must meet the following qualifications: 

Applicants must be African-American undergraduate juniors or seniors, recent graduates (1-3 years), or graduate level individuals.

Applicants may come from any academic discipline, not just the arts (ex: liberal arts, business, social work, marketing and communications, etc.).

Those with a genuine interest to lead and work for an arts organization or cultural institution (dance organizations, museums, theaters, symphonies, performing arts centers, etc.).

Must be able to work at least two full days per week (approximately 16 hours) between January and May during normal A&E business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. A&E is located in its Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 in the Grand Center Arts District.

Be able to spend approximately 2-5 hours per week on extracurricular activities outside of work (may include attending complimentary arts and culture events, social networking events, A&E special events, Katherine Dunham related events/classes, etc.).

For more information about the Katherine Dunham Fellowship and to apply online visit:

About the Arts and Education Council:  When the Arts Thrive, Our City Thrives. – The Arts and Education Council (A&E), is the St. Louis region’s United Arts Fund providing financial, technical and educational support for arts organizations. A&E’s mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for arts and arts education throughout the St. Louis community. A&E is the only privately funded arts umbrella organization that serves the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region.  A&E builds a thriving arts community and impacts millions of people through multi-faceted programs, including:  Operating and Project Grants; Arts Education Grants for Teachers; Arts Incubation at the Centene Center for the Arts; a Catalyst Innovation Lab; a stARTup Competition for Arts Entrepreneurs; stARTup-STL Crowdfunding Platform; Arts Leadership Management Academy (ALMA); Executive Directors Roundtable; Arts Marketers Professional Development; the Annual St. Louis Arts Awards; and Young Friends of the Arts.

Since its inception in 1963, the Arts and Education Council has raised and distributed more than $100 million in private funding for the arts – a significant contribution that directly impacts the quality of life in our region.  A&E meets all 20 Better Business Bureau Charity Standards and has earned the Wise Giving Seal of Approval, a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Guidestar Exchange Silver Participant rating.

How to find us – Website: Phone: 314.289.4000. Facebook: ArtsandEducation Twitter: @ArtEdSTL YouTube: ArtsandEducSTL Instagram: Arts_Education_Council

About Katherine Dunham – Katherine Mary Dunham (June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an African-American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century, and has been called the “matriarch and queen mother of black dance.” Although most of Dunham’s awards were for her contribution to the arts, she was also known as a formidable advocate for racial equality.  M

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