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News + Updates: Robert Wiltbank Theme

National Arts Strategies in Brazil

On November 24-26, 2014, NAS partnered with the United States Consulate Sao Paulo and SESC Sao Paulo to present a three-day program in Sao Paulo, Brazil for senior cultural leaders from around Brazil. The program focused on strategy and strategic innovation and was led by NAS faculty Dr. Violina Rindova and Dr. Robert Wiltbank. They also led a half-day session for emerging leaders from across Brazil. Approximately 110 leaders participated between both groups. On November 27, 2014, NAS Director Fielding Grasty led a session with the emerging leaders group, discussing similarities and differences in current trends affecting the Brazilian and US cultural sectors.

This was NAS’ first program in Latin America. In 2014, we’ve presented custom programs in Brazil, Hong Kong and Oman.  It was great to share leadership ideas and experiences with colleagues around the globe and we look forward to the New Year!


Are you ready for change in 2013?

Happy New Year!

National Arts Strategies has lots in store for 2013, starting with our first Business of Arts and Culture seminar, Strategy. Strategy, presented March 7-9 in San Francisco, provides an opportunity for you to work with your leadership team under the guidance of leading management professors Violina Rindova and Rob Wiltbank.


From the Experts: The Importance of Nonprofit Governance

Our Strategic Governance seminar (which we are presenting in Chicago, December 2-3) features two expert faculty, Warren Boeker, Ph.D. of the University of Washington and Rob Wiltbank, Ph.D. of Willamette University. Professors Boeker and Wiltbank sat down to talk with us about the critical role of governance in nonprofit organizations. Watch these clips to hear what they have to say, and let us know what your thoughts are about the value and role of the board of directors in arts and culture nonprofits: (more…)


One month remaining until Strategy seminar deadline

There is only one month left to apply to bring your leadership team together off-site for our intensive three-day Strategy seminar. Presented in Nashville, October 28-30, this rigorous working session will provide your leadership with a vocabulary to talk about who you are, what you do and why you do it. By the end of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Evaluate the critical features of your organization’s external environment
  • Identify the unique value your organization can bring to your community
  • Balance artistic and economic choices
  • Ensure your organization’s resources are being used to support your most valuable initiatives

Leading professors of management will engage your team through the analysis of real-life cases, class discussions and team exercises to give you both a theoretical and a practical understanding of strategy development. By the end of the seminar, your team will have completed a structured analysis of your organization and will have an articulated path of action. See a detailed description of the seminar sessions »

All participating teams will receive Organization Fellowships covering the full $1250 tuition for a team of up to 5. Participants from outside Nashville will also receive up to $600 per person in travel support to help with the cost of travel and lodging. The deadline to apply is August 27.

Apply now »


Two leading researchers and professors to lead Strategy seminar in Nashville

The NAS Strategy seminar features two leading professors on strategy development and strategic management, Professors Violina Rindova, and Robert Wiltbank. Professors Rindova and Wiltbank will lead teams of arts and culture leaders through class discussions, case studies and team exercises as they analyze and articulate why their organizations do what they do and what makes them unique. (more…)