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News + Updates: Detroit Theme

NAS & AAMD Partner for Days of Learning

NASAAMDNational Arts Strategies partnered with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to develop a custom program for their members. The first event, “AAMD Day of Learning” was held before their annual meeting last month in Detroit.

The event featured faculty from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the ILR School at Cornell University and live case discussions from AAMD members. Both focused on strategies and frameworks to help museum leaders lead change in their institutions and communities.

The event is part of a larger, three-year engagement meant to address the issues that AAMD members have identified as most critical — change management, organizational alignment and governance. Next year’s event will focus upon sustainability, in particular how does a leader insure that their programs, processes and people are all mission-aligned? Year three will address museums’ connection to their communities.


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 »



Understanding your organization’s network map

In order to build effective alliances, you need to have the right network. You (and your organization) need to be connected to the right mix of people and organizations including those critical individuals who can make things happen and extend your reach throughout your community. But how do you know if you’ve got the “right mix” in your network?

Visual representations of your network – network maps – can help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your network so you can identify opportunities and relationships that you can leverage and build on. Network maps, like the one below, are especially valuable when assessing organization networks which typically consist of layers of individual networks. (more…)


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 »


Attend Creative Alliances in Detroit with a full-tuition fellowship

Creative Alliances is the next seminar NAS will present with the 2010 Organization Fellowship, this July 22-23 in Detroit. This two-day working-session will challenge your team to think more strategically about the alliances you seek and maintain – no matter what their form and scope.

Creative Alliances will provide your team with a set of frameworks to help you set the stage for more productive collaborations with other organizations. By the end of the seminar you’ll have a better idea of when and how to develop alliances that are mutually beneficial and advance your organization’s vision within your own community.

As part of the Business of Arts and Culture™, all participating teams will receive full-tuition fellowships covering the full $1250 tuition. A simple application process will be used to ensure there is a diverse mix of organizations in the classroom with clear goals for their participation. Additional travel support will be available to teams attending from outside the Detroit metropolitan area to help with the costs of travel and lodging.

Apply by May 21 »