Together we are developing a professional online community for the arts
and culture sector that reaches across all arts disciplines, organizational
forms, and local and national borders. This community is founded on three
core values that underpin all NAS programs: respect for individual context,
needs, and expertise; openness, honesty, and integrity; and intellectual
rigor. We believe that these core values will help create a community
that is a dynamic resource for personal and organizational advancement.
While the guidelines for using this community will evolve with the community
itself, please follow these rules as you participate in NAS’ online
NAS’ community features are designed for a professional community,
and they require mutual respect and trust to succeed. Please act with
the same professional respect for others in this online community that
guides you in any meeting, conference, or other interaction with your
Please treat newcomers with kindness and patience. The community requires
the participation of newcomers as well as the contributions of dedicated
members, and nothing turns potentially valuable contributors away faster
than hostility. While many newcomers hit the ground running, some will
need time to learn how we do things. Please provide your friendly advice,
and help the community grow. Remember, everyone started as a newcomer
at some point.
Debate, strong opinions, and disagreement are a natural part of learning,
and we encourage this free exchange of ideas on the NAS site. However,
insults, dismissive comments, and other types of abusive speech do not
help make a point. Please do not make personal attacks anywhere on the
NAS web site. Personal attacks do not help advance an argument, and they
deter participation, which hurts the arts and culture sector.
Perfection is an awfully tough standard. People make mistakes, and new
features need time to evolve. All that is required for our community to
succeed is for everyone to make a good faith effort when you contribute,
edit content, answer questions, or interact with the site in other ways.
We will all make some mistakes, but as long as we act professionally and
in good faith, together we can catch the errors and continuously improve
Usernames and Actual Identities
You have the option of participating in the community using an anonymous
screen name or your actual identify to “sign” your online
contributions. We encourage you to share your actual identity in the community,
to help build a professional network that carries over to all of our interactions
in the field. However, we respect any participant’s preference for
anonymity, and recognize that anonymity can make it easier to share opinions,
and gives you control of when and how you build your personal networks.