The financial sponsorship of leading national and community-level foundations make it possible for arts leaders to participate in NAS programs. Funder support also helps us identify and recruit the top arts and culture leaders in your community.
Our current programs are made possible by the support of:
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Our partners share our belief that career-long investment in the skills and expertise of arts and cultural professionals is critical for our field. These partnerships are essential to our mission and help us provide programs with the accessibility, high quality content, expert facilitation and ongoing support needed to maximize organizational results and, ultimately, advance the sector.
To accomplish these goals, we need the help of a wide range of leaders and organizations: national, regional and local funders; arts and cultural agencies; service organizations; and our alumni. Join us. Call us at 571-482-5789.
Past funders include:
- The Abell Foundation
- The American Express Foundation
- Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
- Arts Council of Silicon Valley
- Arizona Republic
- The Arizona Community Foundation
- The Atherton Family Foundation
- Boettcher Foundation
- The Boston Foundation
- Broward County Cultural Affairs Division
- The Brown Foundation
- The Chicago Community Trust
- The Cleveland Foundation
- The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
- The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
- The Cooke Foundation, Ltd.
- Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- The Dayton Hudson Foundation
- Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
- Duke Energy Foundation
- The Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation
- The Fannie Mae Foundation
- Fidelity Foundation
- The Fleishhacker Foundation
- The Flinn Foundation
- The Fondren Foundation
- The Ford Foundation
- Fulton County Arts Council
- The Foundation for the Carolinas
- The Fund for the Arts
- The GAR Foundation
- The General Mills Foundation
- The George Gund Foundation
- Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
- The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
- The Hall Family Foundation
- The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation
- The Hawaii Community Foundation
- The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
- The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- Houston Endowment
- The James Irvine Foundation
- The John P. Murphy Foundation
- The Joyce Foundation
- The Kirkpatrick Foundation
- The Kulas Foundation
- Major Performing Arts Board for the Australia Council
- The Marin Community Foundation
- The Mary and Dan Dent Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation
- Massachusetts Cultural Council
- The Meadows Foundation
- The Merrick Foundation
- Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
- Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council
- Mid-America Arts Alliance
- Mississippi Arts Commission
- The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
- Nebraska Arts Council
- The Nord Family Foundation
- The Oklahoma Arts Council
- The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
- The Peter Kiewit Companies Foundation
- The Pew Charitable Trusts
- Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative
- Phoenix Suns
- The Rockefeller Foundation
- The San Francisco Foundation
- Target Stores
- Texas Commission on the Arts
- The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
- The Wallace Foundation
- The Walter and Elise Haas Fund
National Arts Strategies partnered with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to develop a custom program for their members. The first event, “AAMD Day of Learning” was held in 2015 and focused on strategies and frameworks to help museum leaders lead change in their institutions and communities. The event is part of a larger, three-year engagement meant to address the issues that AAMD members have identified as most critical — change management, organizational alignment and governance.
The Cultural Policy Center at The Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago was focused on researching America’s cultural infrastructure. The research examines the impact of capital projects on arts and culture organizations and their communities. NAS was responsible for guiding the public release and creating the public teaching materials on this project, and the Set in Stone website has had nearly 7,000 hits since the public roll out. In February 2016, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Cultural Policy Center merged with Place Lab, an Arts + Public Life initiative of UChicago Arts.
NAS partnered with the Getty Leadership Institute to bring together leaders from around the world for convenings on timely issues. The aim of this work is to bring insight and create thinking networks around specific topics. In 2004, NAS and GLI worked together on a two day symposium about how creative teams are managed in the for profit and nonprofit arts. In 2007, we worked together on a symposium on leisure time in the United States. Review the publication generated from these convenings on our publications page, or visit the Getty Leadership Institute to read about their work. In 2011, we again partnered to prepare Must Reads, a compendium of 21 articles on leadership identified specifically for busy arts and cultural professionals.
The Ross School of Business and NAS partnered to deliver The Chief Executive Series, an invitation-only residential program for 25 leaders from the most outstanding arts and cultural institutions in the country. The two have continued this relationship to develop convenings and curriculum for The Chief Executive Program.
The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development, and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society. NAS partnered with the Seminar in 2012 to present The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, an event that provided a unique learning opportunity for the next generation of leaders from around the world.
NAS and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation (CSI) joined forces in 2001 to present the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders – Arts (EPNL–Arts). NAS and the CSI believe in the critical role arts and cultural organizations play in society, and through the EPNL-Arts program we invested in exceptional individual leaders and created a vibrant network of skilled professionals serving our field.
With the University of Pennsylvania as our collaborator, we’ve developed the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy. This eight-month online and in-person certificate program in cultural leadership was designed for early to mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector. This partnership has continued and is the result of the course curriculum for the online, on demand Arts & Culture Strategy Course as well as the Creative Community House, an integral part of the Creative Community Fellows program.
Faculty of Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management have worked with NAS for years to present team seminars on innovation. In 2015, this relationship continued to develop and create the curriculum for an online and on demand course Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture as well as a convening and curriculum for The Chief Executive Program: Community & Culture and the Senior Management Institute.