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Publications: Reports

The Summit at Sundance: Cultural Sector Ideation

Last year, NAS brought the participants of The Chief Executive Program together at an ideation conference to collectively work on real-world solutions to four key problems facing the field: engaging collaborators in shaping our institutional agendas; creating 21st century boards; developing transformational employees and systems; and maximizing the field’s value in the eyes of the public. The result of that convening was over 400 ideas for how to solve those issues.

We prepared a report that documents the ideas generated and some of the materials used to help participants frame the issues and work on the solutions. We’ve also posted this information online and invite the entire field to continue to hone and shape these concepts, to share ideas and build upon those of their colleagues.

Visit the Cultural Sector Ideation website »

Download the Summit at Sundance Working Document »


The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders

Last October, National Arts Strategies, in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar, presented the first annual Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, co-chaired by NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor and National Arts Council of Zambia Chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe. Over the course of this convening, fifty young cultural leaders from around the globe came together to address questions on the role of the arts and their place in communities, the tension between global and local in today’s world and the creation and communication of value. Through a series of panel discussions, group conversations, informal networking and skill-building sessions on team building and communication, change management and innovation, fellows expanded their thinking on what it means to be a cultural leader and worked together to explore ideas for how they will serve the field. NAS Program Manager Sunny Widmann authored the session report, which summarizes these discussions. The report also includes links to blog posts and video interviews with fellows (featured on Field Notes during the session) and a visual diary of the event by fellow and comics artist Paola Gaviria.

Read the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders session report »


The Performing Arts in Lean Times: Opportunities for Reinvention

What questions should performing arts leaders be asking themselves right now? Economic shifts, global and individual reach in technologies, the pursuit of strong and delineated national identities and the appetite for a voice from younger people are all changing how the performing arts are viewed, created and consumed. Fifty performing arts leaders from around the world gathered in February 2010 for a Salzburg Global Seminar focused on opportunities for reinventing the performing arts at a time when many factors are contributing towards a large-scale disruption of the arts. This report, written by the co-chairs of the event, NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor and Adrian Ellis, Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, summarizes the discussions that took place.

Read the report, “The Performing Arts in Lean Times: Opportunities for Reinvention