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News + Updates: Programs Theme

Introducing the Senior Management Institute

The Senior Management Institute is an eight-month program designed for senior level managers of arts and culture organizations. The Institute provides a cross-disciplinary, supportive yet challenging learning environment to improve management and communication skills and to lead high-performing teams. We believe that an organization’s health is closely linked to the quality of the management team. The Senior Management Institute provides senior managers with the tools and confidence to create a culture of happiness and inspire strong, effective teamwork. 

Have questions about the Institute? Want to learn if this is the right fit for you? Contact Pearl Bickersteth to schedule an informational call.

 

Apply through April 12 » 

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Meet the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Class of 2016

EP01Leadership in the arts and culture sector requires grit, confidence and the ability to find new possibilities around every corner. The right tools and frameworks help make this navigation possible. We are proud to partner with the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice to provide a cultural leadership program that gives participants the ability to stand firm in the business side of the industry through an ivy-league curriculum, grounded in real-world experience.

Over the next eight months, participants from around the world will come together online and in-person to strengthen their leadership capacity and grow their knowledge of management in the arts and culture field. We are honored to announce these talented individuals who make up the second class of the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. Please join us in congratulating the newest members of the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy!

Sarah Andrew Wilson, Levine Music (Silver Spring, MD)
James Bondelid, St. Paul’s Chestnut Hill (Oreland, PA)
Luz Helena Cano Diaz, (Bogota, Columbia)
Michelle Chartrand, Omaha Children’s Museum (Omaha, NE)
Samuel Chesser, (Miami Springs, FL)
Elliot Davis, Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Dedham, MA)
Kerry DiGiacomo, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)
Barika Edwards, American Documentary | POV (Brooklyn, NY)
Sue Elliott, The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, ON)
Adam Erickson, The Aspen Institute (Forest Hills, NY)
Malcolm Evans, Fractured Atlas (Queens, NY)
Becky Flynn, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (Little Rock, AR)
Hanaah Frechette, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana (Brooklyn, NY)
Deron Hall, Memphis Music Initiative (Memphis, TN)
Emily Hirsch, Krannert Center for Performing Arts (Bethesda, MD)
Jason Holland, (Sergerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa, CA)
Theresa Hubbard, Fractured Atlas (Brooklyn, NY)
Courtney Kalbacker, URBANARIAS (Baltimore, MD)
Emily Kuret, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (Ann Arbor, MI)
Romola Lucas, The Caribbean Film Academy (Brooklyn, NY)
Christina McClelland, Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University (Denver, CO)
Shaheena Ormerod-Sachedina, The Institute of Ismaili Studies (Caterham, UK)
Nafsika Papadopoulou, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation (Athens, Greece)
Orsolya Pati, K2 Theatre (Budapest, Hungary)
Eric Rivera, (Philadelphia, PA)
Diana Sanchez, International Film Festival Panama & Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
Abhijit Sengupta, Da Camera of Houston (Houston, TX)
Lindsay So, Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy (Philadelphia, PA)
Allison Titman, American Alliance of Museums (Greenbelt, MD)
Dennis Whipple, Great River Educational Arts Theatre (Waite Park, MN)

 

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We’ve Got A MOOC For You

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Our Arts & Culture Strategy MOOC is back! This online course combines an overview of the arts and culture field and the unique challenges to working in mission-driven organizations. Learners build strategy skills and develop their personal leadership potential. The course curriculum is rigorous, relevant and the result of an exciting partnership with the University of Pennsylvania.

Enrollment is free, on-demand and presented online through Coursera. This provides the flexibility we know is necessary and allows you to work at your own pace – when and where it is best for you. Complete the entire course in one day or take as long as you need, returning to the videos and exercises that are most critical for your work.

This MOOC is ideal for team participation. Gather a group of colleagues or challenge your staff to move through the content simultaneously. Set times as a group to debrief and discuss burning questions. Apply curriculum in real time, to your organization.

Join thousands of learners from around the world to develop your leadership skills and cultivate your personal view of the role arts and culture play in society.

Enroll today »

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Welcome to the New Creative Community Fellows!

They hail from around the world. They build arts vocational skills for adults on the autism spectrum. They create card games that change pedestrian behavior and reduce vehicular accidents. They activate community spaces and host pertinent neighborhood discussions. They are the Creative Community Fellows!

This incredible community of 50 change makers will work with NAS and each other over the next nine months to build projects that will lead to stronger, healthier communities. We received nearly 200 applications from 34 states and 7 different countries. We were amazed by the drive and passion of the applicants and we know they are going to play a part in changing this world.

Each Fellow enters the program with a project that uses arts and culture to design solutions to community problems. NAS provides the tools, training and access to a community of support to help Fellows drive their projects forward. The program curriculum is led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking, strategy and community development.

Fellows also gain access to and help create a powerful network in which ideas and opportunities flow freely. This network is a powerful one and through it we hope to create ripples that will spur connection throughout the field and promote sustainability.

We want to build and support a community of cultural entrepreneurs and leaders throughout the field. 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 the content and tools from the program for you to use and share. We hope you will use the tools, share your insights and join this incredible community.

Emily Arden Eakland, Mt. Rainer, Maryland
Bridget Bartolini, South Richmond Hill, New York
Chad Bradford, Little Rock, Arkansas
Erin Bregman, San Francisco, California
Nicolas Cabrera, Boulder, Colorado
Katie Campbell, Little Rock, Arkansas
Crystal Campbell, Belleville, Michigan
Kimberly Coburn, Decatur, Georgia
April Counceller, Kodiak, Alaska
Debasmita Dasgupta, Singapore
Nicolas de la Fuente, Phoenix, Arizona
Julia Devine, Plattsburgh, New York
Jordan Dyniewski, Astoria, New York
Hallie Ertman, Rockville, Maryland
Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, St. Louis, Missouri
Meghan Frank, Denver, Colorado
Jill Freeman, Fairport, New York
Jeremie Gluckman, Guiyang, China
Sarah Gonzales, Tucson, Arizona
Carly Griffith, Charlottesville, Virginia
Megan Hobza, Whittier, California
Mary Hoffman, Alamosa, Colorado
Lauren Latessa, Ellicott City, Maryland
Perryne Lee Poy Lokhandwala, Brooklyn, New York
Daniel Leng, Seattle, Washington
Dessa Lohrey, Atlanta, Georgia
Erik Martinez Resly, Washington, DC
Nikiko Masumoto, Del Ray, California
Charlie Michaels, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mario Mesquita, Los Angeles, California
Matice Moore, Tucson, Arizona
Mikelle Moore, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Tico Moore, Wilmington, Delaware
Miriam Nash, London, United Kingdom
Elena Olascoaga, Nuevo León, Mexico
Aneliese Palmer, Anchorage, Alaska
Sara Potler LaHayne, New York, New York
Julie Potter, San Francisco, California
Laura Ritchie, Durham, North Carolina
Nathalie Sanchez, Los Angeles, California
Ginger Savage, Baker City, Oregon
Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin, Baltimore, Maryland
Yvonne Shortt, Long Island City, New York
Jessica Solomon, Washington, DC
Sarah Sullivan, Phoenix, Arizona
Nell Taylor, Chicago, Illinois
Christopher Taylor, Flagstaff, Arizona
Joe Tolbert, Knoxville, Tennessee
David White, San Diego, California
Carol Zou, Dallas, Texas

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 FoundationUniversity of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice and The Center for Social Impact StrategyArtPlace America and RocketHub.

 

Creative Community Success on RocketHub

The Creative Community Fellows have raised over $30,000 for their projects on RocketHub. Pride is an understatement of how we feel making this announcement.

In the final hours of his campaign, Creative Community Fellow, Philip Graulty shared with the cohort of Fellows, “Throughout this entire crowdfunding process, when I felt guilty for asking for help and money, I would think back to what Scott Shigeoka said during our interview for Arts Entrepreneurs:

“…the universe wants to support people that have dreams, that are fulfilling their missions and are alive… especially when they are doing things that serve community.”

It’s been the voice that’s kept me sane, the little angel on my shoulder that’s kept me going. So if you forget everything else, remember to let people in on your dreams! And know that we’re all here to help!”

As Kate Jopson reflects on her campaign, she notes, “It was the surprising generosity of so many people that really made this happen! I’ve never raised money like this before. My heart feels very full right now.”

Several of the campaigns are still live on RocketHub. View all the Creative Community Fellows campaigns »

 

 

Want to be involved in the Creative Community Fellows program? Have an idea to use arts and culture to better a community? Applications are now being accepted through Sunday, April 26. Apply Now »

 

Creative Community Fellows Applications Now Open!

The CCF Journey

Have a great idea to use arts and culture to better a community? Know someone who does? Well, you are in luck because applications are now open for the Creative Community Fellows program! We are looking for artists, activists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs from around the world who are using arts and culture to drive physical and social transformation in their communities.

With the support of The Kresge Foundation and now in its second year, 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. Presented in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice and The Center for Social Impact Strategy, the Creative Community Fellows program is a nine-month intensive incubator that gives Fellows the tools, training and access to a community of support as they design and drive their projects forward. We have seen that this program establishes a network, far surpassing the reach of the 50 Fellows and encourages connections and collaboration with communities near and far.

The program incorporates a residential track where 22 Fellows jump-start the program through one week of living and learning together and an online track that gives Fellows the flexibility to connect and work when and where it works for them. However, we are creating a single, unique community of 50 cultural entrepreneurs and leaders. Fellows will take monthly online courses together, share updates on their projects with each other and the field and have the rare chance to engage face-to-face with funders and people already engaging in this work. Tuition for the program, including lodging and meals is completely underwritten! Fellows are only responsible for their transportation to in-person events.

We will also share tools and conversations online for open access. We are opening this up to help as many people in as many locations as possible to create, strengthen and advance projects that improve communities. We have seen how the collective wisdom of Fellows, mentors, faculty and communities fuels each project and expands the network. It will only continue to grow.

Please visit our website to learn more about the program and get involved. Apply to become a Fellow or share this information with others!

 

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Apply by April 26 »

 

 

 

Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Participants are in Philadelphia

Hailing from around the world, the participants in the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy, gather in-person for the first time on the University of Pennsylvania campus, today! The twenty-nine participants of the inaugural class will spend the next four days working together to explore their authentic leadership style, tackle their biggest questions about leadership and management and use human-centered design to frame problems creatively and effectively.

The Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy is a hybrid of in-person and online learning. Participants have been working together online since January and just finished their first online course in the program. The level of engagement and discourse was incredible. We are excited to now gather everyone in the same room to help them connect around a curriculum that will allow for the interrogation of building programs and designing experiences.

Get ready for an exciting and engaging conversation this week and follow along on Twitter using #ExecProgramArts.

 

 

The Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy is a partnership between NAS and University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2).

To learn more about the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy, contact Pearl Bickersteth »

 

Happy Holidays from the NAS Team!

Staff Holiday 2014We’ve had a fantastic year at National Arts Strategies, full of new programs and exciting transitions. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating!

The Chief Executive Program

In March, the second cohort of leaders explored change management at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. The Summit at Sundance, the final convening of the program was held in Sundance, Utah this November. At this event, leaders from around the world came together to brainstorm solutions to some of the toughest issues facing the field. Stay tuned in the New Year to hear about some of the results on Field Notes.

This year also marked the launch our third iteration of the program, with a focus on leaders working at the intersection of culture and community, The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture. Through a competitive recruitment process, we gathered an incredible group of 50 CEOs that lead organizations where community is at the heart of the mission. This cohort of leaders convened for the first time at Vanderbilt University this fall. We are excited to be working with this new group of innovative and forward-thinking leaders. Meet The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture participants here.

Creative Community Fellows

March marked the launch of our new Creative Community Fellows program for cultural entrepreneurs using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. We were inspired by the amount of applications we received from over 38 states and 14 countries. Throughout the year we have been working with a group of 50 cultural entrepreneurs, providing them the tools, training and access to fuel their visions for community change. In the new year, Fellows will reach the final stages of their project development, where they will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to leaders and grantmakers in the field.  Meet the Fellows and learn about their projects here.

The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy

In 2014, we turned the tables on leadership training in the arts and culture field through our new Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania. This program offers high-level, flexible learning at a fraction of the cost to comparable education. Applications were accepted for the program this October and our first class will begin coursework in January.

MOOCs & Online Learning

Our first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC), Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture was presented this September through the Coursera platform. The course was developed by Dave Owens of Vanderbilt University and customized for the arts and culture sector by NAS. The course exceeded our expectations in every way with over 9,000 students enrolled!

Last week we wrapped up our second MOOC, Arts & Culture Strategy presented in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. The course highlights some of the introductory content to The Executive Program and is taught by NAS’ Russell Willis Taylor and the University of Pennsylvania’s Peter Frumkin. We had over 13,000 students enrolled in this course!

Custom Programs

In April, we presented a training program in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution for the Oman Ministry of Culture, where staff and managers from the National Museum and other nationally-run institutions explored theory and tools to develop a wide range of leadership and management capabilities. This January and September brought NAS to Hong Kong to present a program designed in partnership with the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association and supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. NAS also partnered with the United States Consulate Sao Paulo and SESC Sao Paulo this November to present a three day program for senior cultural leaders around Brazil.

Business of Arts and Culture

This year we worked with teams from around the country at our Business of Arts and Culture seminars in New York and Phoenix. We continue to be impressed with the work of such highly engaged teams at our seminars and have been thrilled to hear about how these experiences have helped teams effect positive change at their organizations!

Looking Forward

At the end of 2014, we say goodbye to our fearless leader of fourteen years, Russell Willis Taylor. In June, Gail Crider assumed the role of President and we cannot be more thrilled for this exciting new chapter at NAS!

There is so much in store for 2015 and we cannot wait to begin. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements about new programs and initiatives to come!

The entire NAS team wishes you a happy and safe holiday season. We look forward to working with you in 2015!

 

Apply Now: The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy

National Arts Strategies is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for The Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy.

This eight-month program, developed and presented in partnership with The University of Pennsylvania, will prepare and equip you to lead arts and culture organizations of all types. At a cost of only $4,950 you will gain the foundational knowledge and business frameworks to advance your career. The program provides the flexibility of online courses and the ability to tailor what you learn to your needs through your choice of electives. The program promises what no other program can – comprehensive training from a world-class university grounded in real-world experience at an affordable price.

The application process is free, short, simple and designed to craft a diverse cohort of arts and culture professionals across the field. The Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy is targeted at early to mid-career managers in the nonprofit arts and culture sector – and those seeking to enter the sector.

The deadline for applications to The Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy  is October 31, 2014, but accepted on a rolling basis. If accepted, you will not have to submit payment until December. Online courses begin in January 2015 with the first in-person convening held at The University of Pennsylvania in March 2015. Apply today »

For those not able to take part in the entire eight-month program but still want to experience a bit of the curriculum, you can sign up to take one of the cornerstone courses – Arts & Culture Strategy – on Coursera. The class is free and open to anyone. It starts November 10, 2014. Those enrolled in the program will take the class on a private platform in January 2015.

Learn more about Arts & Culture Strategy on Coursera »

 

Announcing A New Cohort of 50 Outstanding Community Leaders: The Chief Executive Program

 

We are pleased to announce the latest class of exceptional leaders in The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture. These 50 executives will work with National Arts Strategies and each other over the next year to address their biggest challenges and lead change throughout the arts and culture sector. We received applications from leaders in 32 states and 13 different countries and were astounded by the level and diversity of community work these leaders are undertaking. This is the third class of The Chief Executive Program. It has evolved from the experience of the past two classes and discussions with arts and culture leaders around the world. National Arts Strategies is continuing the program with a focus on leaders of organizations where community is at the heart of the mission.

“Healthy organizations share deep connections with their communities. We’ve seen that leaders who build and maintain a strong sense of local relevance are creating organizations for both the present and the future. We at NAS progress field-wide change by providing the training and support to these leaders. Having experienced this program and bonded as a community, 50 leaders will have the ideas, tools and connections to effect change in their own organizations and to accelerate their work collectively to strengthen communities and the cultural sector,” said NAS CEO Designate Gail Crider.

The Chief Executive Program is built around two learning cycles that 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. Beginning in September 2014 and continuing through 2015, the program includes three in-person educational events at Vanderbilt University, at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and at Sundance Resort, as well as a variety of “at-work” activities designed to help leaders move forward on their own unique objectives and goals. These events and activities are designed to give participants a deeper understanding of the strategic challenges they face, a firm grasp of change leadership and the ability to translate their visions for the future into reality.

Participants in The Chief Executive Program were selected following a highly competitive recruitment process to identify the top executive cultural leaders from around the world whose organizations work closely with communities on creative placemaking initiatives. The leaders chosen to participate in The Chief Executive Program were selected from a wide range of cultural forms, locations, perspectives and experience levels.  These executives have proven themselves to be effective, innovative, collaborative and open-minded.

 

Neil Barclay, Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, LA)
Jim Beirne, Live Theatre (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom)
Michael Bobbitt, Adventure Theatre (Glen Echo, MD)
Jennifer Boomgaarden, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (Sioux Falls, SD)
Tony Butler, Derby Museums Trust (Derby, United Kingdom)
Polly Carl, HowlRound: A Center for Theater Commons (Boston, MA)
Tim Carroll, Bankstown Youth Development Service (Bankstown, Australia)
Serina Chen, Taipei Arts International Association (Taipei, Taiwan)
Uli Sailer Das, Museum at Prairiefire (Overland Park, KS)
Robert Davidson
, Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, WA)
Gretchen Dietrich, Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City, UT)
Lucinda Einhouse, Beck Center for the Arts (Lakewood, OH)
Ahmed El Attar, Studio Emad Eddin Foundation (Cairo, Egypt)
Patricia Finneran, Story Matters (New York, NY)
Gary Ginstling, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Indianapolis, IN)
Daniel Gorman, Shubbak Festival (London, United Kingdom)
Brent Hasty, MINDPOP (Austin, TX)
Jeffreen Hayes, Rebuild Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Cristy Johnston Limon, Destiny Arts Center (Oakland, CA)
Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
Geoffrey Kershner, Endstation Theatre Company (Lynchburg, VA)
Karen Kienzle, Palo Alto Art Center (Palo Alto, CA)
Scott Kratz, 11th Street Bridge Park (Washington, DC)
Lex Leifheit, SOMArts (San Francisco, CA)
Sheila Lewandowski, Chocolate Factory Theater (Long Island City, NY)
Frank Little, City of Edinburgh Council (Edinburgh, Scotland)
María Claudia López
, Ministry of Culture (Bogotá, Colombia)
Karen Mack, LA Commons, A Project of Community Partners (Los Angeles, CA)
Jeff McCarter, Free Spirit Media (Chicago, IL)
Lynne McCormack, City of Providence, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (Providence, RI)
Hope McMath, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (Jacksonville, FL)
Tanner Methvin, Africa Centre (Cape Town, South Africa)
Andreas Mitisek, Long Beach Opera (Long Beach, CA) and Chicago Opera Theater (Chicago, IL)
Donna Neuwirth, Wormfarm Institute (Reedsburg, WI)
Adam Philipson, Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ)
Kelly Pollock, Center of Creative Arts (St. Louis, MO)
Michael Rohd, Sojourn Theatre and Center for Performance and Civic Practice (Evanston, IL)
Abe Rybeck, The Theater Offensive: OUT in Your Neighborhood (Boston, MA)
Sue Schardt, Association of Independents in Radio (Boston, MA)
Roger Schmidt
, Sitka Fine Arts Camp (Sitka, AK)
Michael Seiwerath
, Capitol Hill Housing Foundation (Seattle, WA)
Michael Shanklin, Kidspace Children’s Museum (Pasadena, CA)
Scott Showalter
, Oregon Symphony (Portland, OR)
Connie Spreen, Experimental Station (Chicago, IL)
Tracy Straus, Celebrate the Beat (Denver, CO)
Alicia Sutton
, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona (Phoenix, AZ)
Clyde Valentín, SMU Meadow Arts + Urbanism Initiative (Dallas, TX)
Carol Varney, Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, CA)
Gerd Wuestemann
, Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA)



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Development of The Chief Executive Program was made possible by the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fidelity Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.