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Arts Leadership Praxis

Cultivating the leaders and visionaries of tomorrow

From Left to Right: Dejá Belardo, Margarita Lila Rosa, Tsige Tafesse, Carla Forbes, Meredith Breech, Gee Wesley, Imani Williford, and Jenée-Daria Strand. Photo: Naima Green

Designed with the long-term goal of redressing inequities in arts institutions, the Arts Leadership Praxis is aimed at supporting artists, curators, educators, arts professionals, and students from diverse backgrounds.

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The Arts Leadership Praxis is an unparalleled, Museum-initiated program conceived specifically to support people with approximately five to seven years of experience in curatorial, education, or public programming positions in museums. 

Drawing from the Museum’s mission, the program continues the institution’s longstanding role in cultivating the leaders and visionaries of tomorrow.

Participants in the first Arts Leadership Praxis class

The annual six-month program provides professional development and cohort-building opportunities to mid-career cultural professionals of color and those deeply invested in Black cultural production.

The selection of the inaugural class’s eight New York–based participants occurred through nomination by experts in the field and an application process.

  • Dejá Belardo, Assistant Curator, The Shed
  • Meredith Breech, Associate Director of Exhibitions, Fotografiska
  • Carla Forbes, Curatorial Assistant, Brooklyn Museum
  • Margarita Lila Rosa, Independant Curator
  • Jenée-Daria Strand, Assistant Curator, Public Art Fund
  • Tsige Tafesse, Curatorial Fellow, The Kitchen; Program Manager, Processing Foundation
  • Gee Wesley, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA
  • Imani Williford, Curatorial Assistant, Brooklyn Museum

In 2025, the annual program will expand to include professionals across the nation.