Newark Symphony Hall (NSH) Public Policy Social Impact Fellowship

Fellowship Description

The Social Impact Fellow will become part of a team that is driving the mission of one of the state’s most legendary venue for the performing arts—New Jersey’s equivalent of Carnegie Hall, Newark Symphony Hall (NSH). The fellow will assist the CEO of NSH with research to advance the objective of increased public sector funding and corporate philanthropy support for Black-led institutions. Accordingly, the research will present NSH as a case study of the necessity for equity in the allocation of public sector funding of the arts and other programmatic areas—foci impacting the lives of historically marginalized communities. Where disinvestment has occurred in supporting those institutions, the historical negative impacts will be quantified and, where possible, recommendations for compensating and corrective funding and equitable policies will be estimated and identified. 

This role will seek to leverage several core competency categories of the GradFUTURES framework: Research & Data Analysis; Leadership & Collaboration; Writing & Public Speaking; and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The fellow will hone written and verbal communication skills through presenting his/her findings to NSH staff and submitting a written insights paper. Finally, the fellow will be included in various organizational meetings and collaborations to learn about the public policy-making process and state appropriations.

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Newark Symphony Hall has a nearly century-long history of serving the cultural life of New Jersey and is poised to become a critical catalyst for culture as an agent of economic development on lower Broad Street and in its surrounding Lincoln Park neighborhood. Located in one of the most densely populated states in the nation, NSH claims a vital niche to fill a gap in cultural programming. This serves Newark’s diverse residents, college community, office population and surrounding municipalities.

Current & Former NSH Fellows

Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow

"I am excited to work on new media iniatives as part of the GradFutures program. In the 21st century, digital technology has transformed the circulation of information and knowledge both spatially and temporally. This project is a great avenue to explore the various ways graduate students can use new media in their work. This will also contribute immensely to the professional development of those students who have the desire to be public intellectuals. The GradFutures program is a great initiative for the professional development of graduate students at Princeton."