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News + Updates: Collaboration Theme

Applications for The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture are now being accepted!

We are excited to announce that we are continuing The Chief Executive Program with a new class focused on leaders of organizations where community is at the heart of the mission. We are now accepting applications for The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture. If you are a curious and collaborative executive using culture to address issues in your community, apply today.

The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture has evolved from our experience with the first two classes and from our discussion of the role of arts and culture with leaders from around the world. We’ve seen that connecting and serving the community is crucial to cultural organizations. We want to connect and support leaders whose organizations are working with communities to use culture to respond to local needs. Through this program, 50 exceptional chief executives will engage individually and among a network of peers to broaden their thinking and tackle the critical challenges facing the field. Participants will leave the program with the ideas and tools to take action and effect change in not only their organizations, but across the field.

Experience

The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture is built around two learning cycles that will help leaders explore, reflect, apply and share concepts that address the two biggest challenges for cultural institutions – making strategic choices that are on-mission and leading change. During the program, participants will come together for three in-person events followed by exercises and tools designed to help leaders move forward on their own unique objectives and goals. The first convening will be this fall. Learn more about the Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture experience »

Selection

We seek exceptional chief executives who exhibit curiosity, openness, eagerness to invest in a learning community and willingness to devote the necessary time to program activities and relationships. We look for leaders interested in exploring and implementing innovative solutions rather than maintaining the status quo. Through a competitive selection process, we will identify 50 chief executives from a wide range of art and cultural forms, locations and perspectives to participate in this 1-year program.

All participants of The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture will receive a fellowship covering the full cost of tuition. Participants will be responsible only for their travel costs to in-person events. Learn more about our selection process

 

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Apply to participate in The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture by July 17 »

 

Welcome to the Creative Community Fellows!

We are excited to announce the 50 Creative Community Fellows! This incredible community of cultural entrepreneurs will work with NAS and each other over the next nine months to build projects that will lead to stronger, healthier communities. We received over 200 applications from 38 states and 14 different countries. We were overwhelmed by the vision and passion of the applicants. We found them all to be curious, open and hungry for a community of collaborators.

Each Fellow is coming to the program with an idea for responding to a problem in their community – from a mobile museum of American artifacts that will collect, record and preserve stories to creative writing as a means of igniting neighborhood change and empowering residents. We will provide Fellows with tools, training and mentors to help them push their projects forward. The Fellows will work together to refine their projects and perfect their pitches. They will also have the rare opportunity to receive feedback from leading funders.

We often hear leaders talk about the challenge of making the case for arts and culture. We feel that if we connect with our communities in the ways that these Fellows are, then few people would question our value. We’ve seen that the leaders who thrive are the ones who understand and connect with their communities. By giving these leaders training, support and a voice, we hope to create ripples that will spur connection throughout the field and help ensure sustainability.

This is not solely a program for the 50 Fellows. We want to build and support a community of cultural entrepreneurs. We encourage you to visit the Creative Community Fellows site and share it with your colleagues. In addition to project updates from the Fellows, we will post all of the content and tools from the program. We hope you will join this incredible group of Fellows.

 

Kate Balug Nicolle Bennett Corina Bucea Scott Burkholder
Casey Caldwell Justina Crawford-Williams Sadiqua Iman Crutcher Thupten Dakpa
Tanya Daud Dawn DiPrince Ali Fadlallah Hannah Fox
Mina Girgis Angela Goerner Philip Graulty Sara Greer
Alma Guzman Abdul Karim Hakib Rachel Hamilton Lisa Harper Chang
Danny Harris Kate Jopson Laurelin Kruse Al Letson
Valerie Liais Alex Macharia Hayk Makhmuryan Sifiso Maposa
Erik Moe Monica Montgomery Katy Moonan Jessica Moore
Kristina Newman-Scott Christina Oi Ying Nip Elise Pepple Damaris Pereda
Steve Prince Julie Rada Rachel Reynolds Luster Josh Rice
Madeline Sayet Andrew Shea Scott Shigeoka Amanda Thompson
Chris Webb Emilia White Tamara Williams Heidi Wright
Hunter Wright Heather Zinger

Learn more about the Creative Community Fellows program »

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This program is the result of the incredible collaboration and support of The Kresge Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, ArtPlace America and RocketHub.

 

Exploring a New Funding Model

The Chief Executive Program is well underway with the first convening, The New Nature of Competition, taking place this fall at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. As leaders return home from three and a half packed days of presentations and activities, many are inspired to continue their discussions and begin developing ideas for collaborative and innovative projects.

A major component of The Chief Executive Program is the Investment Marketplace, an online area for leaders to connect and create innovate projects to explore potential new ways of doing business in the field. Leaders will propose projects for funding by the group, with each executive controlling an equal share of a $250,000 fund.

In creating the Investment Marketplace and the rest of the program’s online services, we chose to work with innovation management leaders Brightidea to develop a custom platform for our executives. On their blog, Brightidea discusses their work with National Arts Strategies in developing The Chief Executive Program’s Online Services to provide a new mechanism for grantmaking. Read the post, “National Arts Strategies Re-imagines Project Funding with Brightidea” »

 

The Chief Executive Program Participants Announced

After an exhaustive search and interview process, National Arts Strategies is pleased to announce the executives who will be working together as participants in The Chief Executive Program. Beginning this fall, these cultural leaders will come together to expand their knowledge and begin to re-imagine how cultural institutions can contribute to civil society.

 

Last week to apply for Creative Alliances

This Friday – December 17 – is the deadline to apply to attend Creative Alliances with a full-tuition fellowship. Bring your team to this timely seminar to focus on two critical questions: under what circumstances are alliances appropriate for your mission, needs and environment? And, if undertaken, what form should these initiatives take and what factors will aid their success?

This two-day seminar will engage your team in case study analysis and class discussions that will help your team rethink your approach to collaboration. You will gain tools and frameworks for identifying and analyzing potential partnerships which you will apply in interactive exercises with your team. By the end of the session, your team will have the tools to more effectively identify and pursue mutually beneficial collaboration. See a detailed description of the seminar sessions »

Creative Alliances is being presented February 25-26 in Miami. All participating teams will receive an Organization Fellowship covering the full tuition for a team of up to six. Travel support will also be available to teams attending from outside the Miami metropolitan area to help with the costs of travel and lodging. A simple application process is being used to ensure there is a diverse mix of organizations in the classroom with clear goals for their participation.

Apply now before it’s too late »

 

Get the right people to the table to build more effective collaborations

Collaborations and partnerships can have a broad impact on an organization, often requiring critical resources from any number of departments including programs, marketing, finance and senior management. But how often are all of those departments at the table to assess your organization’s opportunities and craft an approach that respects the existing demands on the parties involved? NAS’ Creative Alliances seminar is a two-day working session designed to help cross-departmental leadership teams explore critical questions like: (more…)

 

Last week to apply for Creative Alliances

This Friday – May 21 – is the application deadline for Creative Alliances. Bring your team to this timely seminar to focus on two critical questions: under what circumstances are alliances appropriate for your mission, needs and environment? And, if undertaken, what form should these initiatives take and what factors will aid their success?

This two-day seminar will engage your team in case study analysis and class discussions that will help your team rethink your approach to collaboration. You will gain frameworks for identifying and analyzing potential alliances which you will apply in interactive exercises with your team. By the end of the session, your team will have the tools to more effectively identify and pursue mutually beneficial partnerships. See a detailed description of the seminar sessions »

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Creative Alliances deadline just one month away

May 21 is the application deadline for the July 22-23 presentation of Creative Alliances in Detroit. This two-day working session is your opportunity to bring your team together to think more strategically about the alliances you seek and maintain. You and your team will gain practical tools that enable you to determine when and how to develop and maximize productive collaborations. By the end of this two-day working session your team will be able to:

  • Differentiate between different types of alliances
  • Identify possible partnerships within your organization’s existing network map
  • Analyze the benefits, costs and risks of strategic opportunities
  • Articulate why you would or would not choose to pursue various collaborations

All participating teams will attend Creative Alliances with a 2010 Organization Fellowship covering the full $1250 tuition. Additional travel support will be available to teams from outside the Detroit metropolitan area. Apply now »

Learn more about Creative Alliances »

 

Northwestern, Stanford Professors to lead Creative Alliances Seminar

Two outstanding professors from Northwestern and Stanford will be teaching the National Arts Strategies’ Creative Alliances seminar in Detroit July 22-23.

Walter W. Powell is Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science, and Communication at Stanford University. He has extensive experience in organization theory and has written dozens of papers on inter-organizational collaboration and the growing importance of networks and alliances in innovation. He is also the editor of The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook.

Jeannette Colyvas is Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Professor Colyvas’ research interests include organizations and entrepreneurship; institutions and networks; and comparing public, private, and nonprofit forms of organizing. Her published work has appeared in the journals of Management Science, Research in Organizational Behavior and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

Throughout this two-day working session, Professors Powell and Colyvas will engage teams in case studies, class discussions and team exercises as they give participants the tools to strategically analyze and pursue alliances and collaborations. All participating teams will attend with a 2010 Organization Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition. Teams from outside the Detroit area will also receive travel support of up to $600 per person to help with the costs of travel and lodging.

The deadline to apply is May 21. Apply now »

 

Explore key questions in building effective collaborations

Across the country, many arts leaders and funders are talking about collaborations and partnerships. But with so many possible collaborations and so many prospective partners, how can you be sure you’re pursuing the ones that make the most sense for your organization’s mission, goals and core capacities? Creative Alliances is a two-day working session that provides you and your team with the tools you need to identify, evaluate and more effectively act on opportunities to build alliances.

Bring your leadership team to Detroit July 22-23 to work with two outstanding professors as you explore the critical questions necessary for building effective collaborations:

  • Under what circumstances are alliances appropriate for your mission, needs and environment?
  • And, if undertaken, what form should these initiatives take?
  • What factors will contribute to the success of these partnerships?

All participating teams will receive a 2010 Organization Fellowship covering the full $1250 team tuition and must apply to attend. Travel support will also be available for teams from outside Detroit. Apply before the May 21 deadline »