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National Arts Strategies

Sustaining top-level organizational performance requires ongoing questioning, learning, and improvement. Different challenges – and different types of people and organizations – require different tools to support this continuous improvement. NAS develops and shares stand-alone and add-on leadership tools as complements to our in-person and community programs. Through publications, teaching case studies, videos and other management tools, we look to fill in critical gaps in the support available for cultural institutions. Each of these tools and services create more ways for NAS to support and interact with arts and culture professionals across the country and around the world.

 

Extending Your Reach Application Deadline is Approaching

There are only a few weeks left to apply for the Extending Your Reach seminar in Chicago. Join colleagues from around the country to share ideas, explore new ways to further your mission and hone your ability to recognize when and how alliances can help you do more – get your team together today!

Extending Your Reach focuses on alliances and partnerships, and how engaging in these relationships can help drive your organizational strategy and build a stronger community. After careful evaluation of your current relationships and goals for the future, you will leave this seminar prepared to build on your portfolio of partners and engage in alliances that will help you achieve your vision.

Extending Your Reach takes place July 24-25 in Chicago. This seminar is offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, meaning you can attend at the price that’s right for you.

Learn more about the Seminar here.
Applications are due Friday, June 6!

Welcome First Creative Community Fellows, Two Days Left to Apply

We are excited to announce our first two Creative Community Fellows, admitted early to give you all a sense of the diversity and project range in this cohort. With only 48 hours left to apply to be a Creative Community Fellow, we wanted to share the exciting work of Rachel Reynolds Luster and Madeline Sayet to encourage all of you working at the intersection of culture and community to apply by May 7.

Rachel Reynolds Luster

Rachel Reynolds Luster is a folklorist, librarian, artist, and organizer working to promote community renewal and sufficiency in the Missouri Ozarks. As the founder of the Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op, Rachel has created a space for members of her community to share their resources, handmade goods and learn from each other. In addition to functioning like a traditional food Co-Op, the Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op also hosts guest speakers, classes and skill sharing workshops as well as cultural events. Furthermore, the Co-Op serves as a community bulletin and convening center, truly making it a place that nurtures the community and brings people from a variety of backgrounds together to contribute to the self-sustainability of Oregon County, Missouri.  Learn more about Rachel and her project here. As a Creative Community Fellow, Rachel wants to learn from her counterparts working at the intersection of culture and community development and specifically receive suggestions for sustainable funding strategies to grow and scale the Co-Op.
 

 

Madeline Sayet

Resident Artistic Director at Amerinda Inc., Madeline Sayet, is creating the first Native Shakespeare Ensemble, which will give Native artists a chance to find their voice by rediscovering classic text. Madeline seeks to challenge the representation of Native peoples in American theatre, empower Native theatre artists and expose audiences to Native theatre. Learn more about Madeline and her project here. Through participation in the Creative Community Fellows program, Madeline seeks to be submersed with like-minded individuals interested in changing the landscape of art within communities across the world. She wants to be challenged, provoked and empowered in her ideas as well as reciprocate this and invoke collaboration among other participating Fellows.
 

 
Both Rachel and Madeline are using culture to respond to local needs and contribute to the development of their communities. We could not be happier to have them on board! If you are working at the intersection of arts and culture, social change and entrepreneurship, we encourage you to go to our website, learn more and get involved.  Creative Community Fellow applications are due by May 7.

Extend Your Reach

Applications are now available for the July 24-25 presentation of Extending Your Reach in Chicago.

This two-day seminar offers a deep dive into partnerships and alliances, exploring the different types of relationships that can help you do more and achieve greater impact. After careful evaluation of your current relationships, your goals for the future and critical tactics for establishing alliances, you will leave this seminar prepared to lead a portfolio of strategic partners and engage in alliances that will help you achieve your vision.

Your team will come together in advance of the seminar to discuss your current partnership activities and lay the groundwork for your time at the seminar.  At Extending Your Reach, you’ll experience a mix of faculty presentations, class discussions and team activities – including analyzing your network map and evaluating in detail one of your organization’s critical alliances – to enhance your understanding of the vital role alliances can play in your organizational strategy and how fostering strong relationships can help you accomplish more.  Learn more and apply by June 6 »

Click to hear from past participants about the NAS seminar experience and pay-what-you-can pricing!

Making Innovation Happen

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines what it takes to make innovation happen.

Where Innovation Happens

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, suggests that innovation happens when risk and reward are inverted.

Finding Resources for Innovation

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, answers those who say they don’t have enough money to experiment.

Competing Values

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, introduces the concept of competing values.

Creating High-Performing Teams

Paula Caproni, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines the keys to creating high-performing teams.

Communicate the “Why?”

Paula Caproni, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about the importance of communicating why you do what you do… not just the what and the how.

Using Design Thinking

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines some misconceptions about Design Thinking.