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NAS History

NAS has a long history of working to make the arts and culture sector stronger and more dynamic.
Our initial focus (1983-2002) on financial capacity building was realized through a national network of stabilization programs. The legacy of this work includes a stronger focus on balance sheet strategy and asset building in arts and cultural organizations, the use of liquidity measurements as a metric for organizational health and the incorporation of capitalization initiatives as a priority in funder driven programs.

Our strategy expanded to help build overall leadership capacity beginning in 1996. Since then NAS has become the leader in education programs for the arts and culture field. We continue to grow and adapt to best meet the needs of the entire field—artists, grantmakers, cultural entrepreneurs, arts and culture professionals, board members, and executives.

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2010

2009

  • Future Leadership – program for next-generation leaders in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit & Minneapolis – launched
  • Talk with an Expert program – online “office hours” with leading university faculty – launches
  • NAS began producing online videos featuring insights from leaders inside and outside of the field

2007

2006

2005

2004

2002

  • Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders-Arts – a national residential program for arts leaders – launched at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Governance seminar developed
  • Irvine Foundation Project for Human Capitalization and Financial Benchmarking launched for Cornerstone Arts Organizations in California

2001

  • NAS partnered with the Stanford Graduate School of Business to offer executive education programs (Stanford Alliance)
  • New Haven Project launched
  • Oklahoma City Project launched

2000

  • New York City Info Tech Project launched

1999

  • NAS financial analysis, New Haven
  • NAS selected to help design and manage the Cleveland Foundation’s BASICs program

1998

  • Evaluation Research Project launched with national and international partners

1996

  • NAS launches executive education program
  • Strategy seminar developed

1995

  • Columbus stabilization program launched

1991

  • Baltimore stabilization program launched

1990

  • New York City stabilization program launched

1988

  • Seattle stabilization program launched

1987

  • Arizona stabilization program launched

1986

  • Kansas City stabilization program launched

1983

  • Stabilization program launched in Boston
  • Ford, Andrew W. Mellon and Rockefeller Foundations establish National Arts Stabilization, an independent nonprofit arts management organization