By ,     Sep 30, 2014
Executive Director, Transformative Action Institute

Scott Sherman

NAS Director

Sunny Widmann

Sunny believes that arts participation engenders empathy and builds cross-cultural understanding, and is interested in how the arts work in different communities across the globe. Sunny likes to spend her time practicing yoga with friends, or planning her next great adventure.

Creative Community Tools

National Arts Strategies has developed a set of lessons to help cultural entrepreneurs push their great ideas forward.  Think of each lesson as a tool, grouped with other related lessons to form a themed toolkit.  Each toolkit features videos and worksheets from the National Arts Strategies Team and our faculty partners.

The Creative Community Fellows explore these tools with the support of their learning groups.  We make the toolkits openly available on this blog and invite the greater arts and culture community to use them.  We invite you to share your experience with these tools in the comments section.  Happy learning!

Unit 3: Leadership

Without strong leadership, great ideas cannot be put into action.  In this unit, you will reflect upon your own leadership qualities, and how those align with what’s needed to create change.  Effective leadership takes courage in the face of seemingly intractable problems.  Using the Daring Greatly exercise, commit to tackling the most important challenges in your work.

  • View the video introduction from CCF faculty Scott Sherman:

  • Pick an object that represents your super power as a leader, artist or entrepreneur. Share a photo of this item along with a short explanation with your Learning Group and on the Creative Community Blog.
  • Watch the following short videos and discuss your reaction with your group:

Mulenga Kapwepwe on the cultural leader's role in society:


Sally Sterling on the qualities of a strong leader: