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Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy: Headed to The University of Pennsylvania

Spring has arrived early this year at NAS, with many exciting events and announcements coming this March. To kick of this exciting month, the 2016 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy cohort will come together for the first time in-person at the University of Pennsylvania this March 2-5.

Participants have been learning together online since the program began this January and will now have the opportunity to meet the teaching team and each other in-person at this event. During their time together, participants will join in interactive sessions on leadership styles, program design & innovation, negotiation and decision-making. Sessions will be led by Clinical Professor of Design and Innovation, Southern Methodist University, Gray Garmon and University of Pennsylvania faculty including, Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School, Meredith Myers Ph.D. and Professor of Social Policy, Faculty Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, Peter Frumkin Ph.D.

Friday, March 4 we will be joined by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s President, Maud Lyon and Vice President of Marketing & Communications, John McInerney, to engage in a conversation about Future: Forward, a new initiative, to use strategic foresight in thinking about how their members and the sector can prepare for the future in the next ten years and beyond. On Saturday, March 5 the participants will head to Eastern State Penitentiary where they will take a tour inside the historic organization’s world and later apply their learning to their work in the program.

We can’t wait for this first gathering! You can follow the conversation on Twitter at #ExecProgramArts.



Creative Community House

On July 20, the twenty-two Fellows in the residential track of Creative Community Fellows come together for a seven-day incubator at a breathtaking estate in Norfolk, CT. This is a core component of the Creative Community Fellows program for those in the residential track. After weeks of online introductions and connections, this is their first time meeting in-person. Fellows will take an in-depth look at the stage of their projects, the goals and the challenges that lie ahead. The house experience serves as a workshop atmosphere, where Fellows have the chance to test their model, improve their ideas and strengthen their projects with the help of diverse community experts.

The week will focus on transformative leadership, design thinking and community development. Fellows will dive into these topics during sessions led by Peter Frumkin, Professor of Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice; Sarah Lidgus, writer and strategist at IDEO; and Carlton Turner, Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS.

Fellows are paired with mentors throughout the duration of the program. Mentors will join us at the house over the weekend to give one-on-one and group feedback to Fellows. Mentors include leaders in the field such as Tim Cynova, Tracy Harris, David Koren, Donna Neuwirth, Ellen Ryan, George Scheer, Beck Tench, Javier Torres, Gary Vikan and Lisa Yancey.

Taylor Craig, Dallas Shelby and Sunny Widmann serve as the NAS experience tour guides. You can follow the journey on Twitter at #NASCCF and get the Fellow experience by checking out their reactions on the Creative Community Blog. We’re looking forward to ending the month on a high surrounded by these world changers!

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The Creative Community House is presented by National Arts Strategies and University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and Center for Social Impact Strategy and is made possible through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation.