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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!

New York Digital Strategies Seminar Teams Selected

Fifteen teams will attend our spring Digital Strategies seminar. Attending teams will come together May 1-2 in New York, NY to explore a strategic approach for setting objectives, developing plans, creating programs and tracking results for audience-facing digital initiatives. These teams represent a diverse mix of disciplines, budget sizes and geographic locations. We are excited to present this seminar to a wonderful group of cultural leaders from around the country!


Alaska Public Media
Torrie Allen, Chief Officer, Marketing & Development
Ann Alquist, Director of Membership
Pat Yack, Chief Content Officer

Alley Theatre
Michael Bell, IT Manager
Tina Berry, Director of Marketing
Gregory Boyd, Artistic Director
Rodi Franco, Director of Marketing and Communications
Dean Gladden, Managing Director
Brandon Weinbrenner, Resident Assistant Director

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Brandon Dorris, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Becky Flynn, Associate Director of Development
Cody Waits, Patron Services Manager

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Lauren Bailey, Director of Marketing and Communications
Trent Casey, Web and Digital Producer
Emily Holum, Marketing Manager

Denver Art Museum
Andrea Fulton, Deputy Director and Chief Marketing Officer
Melora McDermott-Lewis, Director, Education
Katie Ross, Associate Director, Marketing
Molly Wink, Director, Membership & Amenities

Fractured Atlas
Dianne Debicella, Senior Program Director, Fiscal Sponsorship
Selena Juneau-Vogel, Program Director,
Jason Tseng, Community Engagement Specialist

Friends of the National Zoo
Pamela Bucklinger, Corporate Programs Manager
Joan Diehl, Senior Designer
Michelle Staudenmeier, Advertising & Brand Manager
Jackie Vinick, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager

Houston Youth Symphony
Whitney Bullock, Chamber Music Program Coach
Amy Chung, Director of Programs
Sarah Loudermilk, Executive Director

Independent Filmmaker Project
Jody Arlington, Director of Communications
Nekisa Cooper, Producer of Educational Programs
Sean McManus, Director of External Affairs

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Julie Anderson, Deputy Director of Business Operations
Colleen Kelly, Senior Development Officer
Sarah Rehm, Communications Manager

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Geoffrey Anderson, Marketing & Digital Communications Manager
Amy Brondyke, Director of Marketing & External Affairs

Oregon Public Broadcasting
Melissa Barker, Social Media Strategist
Holly Denniston, Director of Human and Volunteer Resources
Morgan Holm, Sr. VP of Content/Chief Content Officer
Anne Ibach, Membership Director
Paul Loofburrow, Marketing Manager

Princeton University Art Museum
Erin Firestone, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
Jessica Popkin, Student Outreach Coordinator
Janet Strohl-Morgan, Associate Director for Information & Technology

Town Hall Seattle
Anthony Detrano, Director of Marketing and Communications
Wier Harman, Executive Director
Edward Wolcher, Patron Services Manager

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
Allison Lindblom, Marketing Associate
Stacy Smith, Manager of Publications and Communications
Theresa Watson, Communications Coordinator

Introducing the Creative Community Fellows Program

We are excited to announce a new program for young cultural entrepreneurs – the Creative Community Fellows program. We’re looking for 50 exceptional individuals whose work sits squarely at the intersection of culture and community. Leaders who understand the power of arts and culture and who wield that power to address community needs and contribute to healthy neighborhoods.

With the support of The Kresge Foundation, this program grew out of our exploration of the role of art in civil society and the importance of community in the sustainability of the cultural sector. Many call it creative placemaking. For us it’s not the all-things-to-all-people proper noun but rather the work of artists, entrepreneurs and organizations who are restoring and animating communities by putting arts and culture at the center of community development.

Working with the University of Pennsylvania, we developed a 9-month intensive incubator that will train, mentor and support these Fellows as they design and drive forward community projects. Fellows will even get the chance to pitch their ideas to some of the top national funders of creative placemaking projects and develop crowd-funding campaigns.

We want this program to transform the work of these 50 individuals and create ripples throughout the field. So, we are trying a radically different approach. We are opening up the process to create opportunities for cultural entrepreneurs around the world to take part. Fellows will share their progress and learning online. We will share the curriculum and tools. Anyone will be able to access and add to the collective learning from this program. This will create a global dialogue about the ways in which culture can restore and animate communities.

We encourage you to go to our website, learn more about the program and get involved. Apply to become a Fellow or share this information with those in your network. Let’s truly make this a field-wide program!

Spring Digital Strategies seminar deadline approaching

There is just over a week left to apply for this spring’s Digital Strategies seminar in New York. Get your team together today!

Digital Strategies is an opportunity for you and your team to spend two-days with NAS and professor Jill Avery digging into your own digital initiatives. Do they map onto your strategic objectives? Do they reflect your organization’s culture? Looking at these questions will help you assess into time, money and structural constraints that can become roadblocks to moving new ideas forward. You’ll leave with a clear picture of how the right balance of digital programs can support your overall objectives, and what resources you’ll need to help those programs thrive.

Digital Strategies takes place May 1-2 in New York City. The tuition is up to you. All teams can attend on a pay-what-you-can basis. Learn more or apply by March 21!

Understanding Your Digital Culture

How would you describe your organization’s digital style? Are you creative experimenters, digital transformers or do you tend more towards the predictable?

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Apply for 2014 Seminars Today!

Applications are now available for two NAS seminars, Digital Strategies and Extending Your Reach.
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NAS in Chile, Hong Kong and New York City

The year is off to a busy start for National Arts Strategies. This week, several of our team are on the road, sharing leadership ideas and experiences with colleagues around the globe.

President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor is currently representing NAS at the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies World Summit on Arts and Culture, January 13-16 in Santiago de Chile. At the Summit, Russell will leading sessions on professional development.

Vice President and COO Gail Crider is in Hong Kong this week for the Leadership Training Program for Senior Arts and Culture Executives, a custom program designed by NAS in partnership with the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association and supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The program is designed to help senior arts and culture executives explore the toughest strategic challenges facing their organizations, access the best thinking from outside the cultural sector and apply those concepts and frameworks in their own organizations and communities.

Finally, Fielding Grasty, NAS’ Director, Programs, will be attending the International Society for the Performing Arts Congress in New York  January 14-16. If you are attending the event, please say hello. You can follow Fielding’s reactions and thoughts during the congress on Twitter @FieldingGrasty.

Future opportunities to connect with the NAS team at conferences and events throughout the year will be shared here and via social media channels, so be sure to stay informed by subscribing to our newsletter, following NAS on Twitter or liking NAS on Facebook!

Leading Collaborative Change at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Arts Strategies will present a two-day training for leaders at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art November 20-21, 2013.

Leading Collaborative Change, taught by professors Margaret Neale and Gregory Northcraft is designed to give a group of cross-departmental leaders and team members at the Museum the tools and context required to successfully manage change together.

Learn more about Leading Collaborative Change or explore other NAS Custom Programs »

Save These Dates – 2014 Team Seminars Announced

National Arts Strategies announces two Business of Arts and Culture seminars to be presented in 2014 – mark your calendars now to join us for Digital Strategies and Extending Your Reach! Read the rest of this entry »

Teams Selected to Attend Extending Your Reach

Nine teams will attend National Arts Strategies’ new seminar, Extending Your Reach, November 14-15 in Los Angeles. The seminar, led by faculty Jeannette Colyvas (Northwestern University) and Andrew Nelson (University of Oregon) with seminar director Jamey Stowell, will give teams the tools and knowledge to lead a portfolio of strategic partners and engage in alliances that will help them achieve their visions. Teams were selected after a review of applications and represent a variety of disciplines and budget sizes from around the country.

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