- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2001

The Kennedy Center announced yesterday the first 12 recipients of its new Vilar Fellowship for Arts Management program, aimed at preparing tomorrow's arts leaders for an unforgiving economy.

The 2001-2002 Vilar fellows come from Europe, Asia and North America. They include Alexandria resident Dan Hagerty, producer of WETA's "Around Town" program. The group, selected from 150 applications received from 34 countries, will spend a year studying strategic planning, marketing, fund raising and accounting, as well as attending seminars covering the arts and law, among other topics.

The fellowship begins Sept. 6 and runs through next August.

Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser, who created the program, said it differs from what some universities offer in that its focus is more practical, less scholarly.

"It's a very high-level internship with academic leanings," Mr. Kaiser said.

The modern arts climate, he added, demands such a fellowship program.

"There's a need to understand the administrative side of the arts," he said. "The financial challenges only get more difficult over time."

Those selected demonstrated a passion for the arts but also an entrepreneurial bent that will serve the arts community well, he said.

The 2001-2002 Vilar Fellowship for Arts Management recipients are: Mr. Hagerty; Tauras Cizas, Vilnius, Lithuania, director of the Lithuania International Theatre Festival; Kathryn Colgrove, Atlanta, managing director of Dad's Garage; Rachel Fine, Aspen, Colo., program administrator for the Aspen Music Festival; Kadija George, London, literary producer; Ramien Pierre, Cambridge, Mass, graduate research assistant for the Projects in Active Cultural Engagement; Fiona Richards, London, design-print manager for the Royal National Theatre; Jeanne Ryan, New Haven, Conn.; Bruce Sansom, London, staff associate for the San Francisco Ballet; Miriam Teitel, Amherst, Mass., music administrator for Glimmerglass Opera; Pan Yong, Beijing, Bureau of External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture; and Boris Zabolotski, Omsk, Russia, arts coordinator-manager for the Konversia Charity Foundation.

The program is supported by Alberto Vilar, president and founder of Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc.

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