Miguel PetrisMiguel Petris of Arlington recently won a fellowship.

Arts administrator Miguel Petris of Arlington is one of six New England leaders selected for the second annual National Leaders of Color Fellowship. The honors were announced recently by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

Petris, community engagement coordinator of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, is scheduled to join 53 others from communities across the country to participate in a transformative eight-month leadership development experience designed to establish multicultural leadership in the creative and cultural sector.

Petris earned his master’s degree in horn performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Petris has worked with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Boston Early Music Festival and the Silkroad Ensemble. Recently, he started working as the community engagement coordinator with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Through this role, he is working with an organization that puts equity and inclusivity at the forefront of its mission.

Petris says he hopes that this fellowship will give him the knowledge and the network to continue supporting organizations that build community through the arts. The news release also says that he believes music is a bridge builder and is able to connect humans across the world.

Curated by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and in partnership with the five other US Regional Arts Organizations (US RAOs), the no-cost fellowship program takes place online and provides fellows with access to specialists in the field, strategic learning objectives to deepen thought on anti-racist and culturally oriented leadership practices and national-level network and cohort building.

Program invests in leaders

“Investing in the generational leaders is essential as we continue our work to build the capacity of our region’s arts workers and ensure equitable access to quality leadership development opportunities,” said NEFA Executive Director Harold Steward in the news release. “Partnering with our RAO colleagues enables these six New England leaders to be a part of a powerful national cohort; we are excited to see what they bring to the region.”

An expansion of WESTAF’s Emerging Leaders of Color program, which has been partnering with and supporting more than 100 BIPoC arts and culture leaders since 2010, the National Leaders of Color Fellowship (LoCF) and its mission have become a national endeavor with collective support and commitment from the collaborative of the six RAOs, the release said.

Upon completion of the program, participants transition to alumni status and have opportunities to collaborate with the RAO in their region as advisors, funding panelists and/or other professional capacities.

About NEFA

The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.  NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies and private foundations. 

About US RAOs

​​The United States Regional Arts Organizations (US RAOs) strengthen and support arts, culture and creativity in  individual regions as well as across the nation. They serve the nation’s artists, arts and culture organizations, and creative communities with programs that reflect and celebrate the diversity of the field in which they work. They partner with the National Endowment for the Arts, state arts agencies, individuals and other public and private funders to develop and deliver programs, services and products that advance arts and creativity. 

 This news announcement was published Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, based on information from Ann Wicks of NEFA. YourArlington layout volunteer Kim Haase prepared it for publication.