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Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy: Applications Open

At NAS, we have worked with leaders in all stages of their careers. It is what we do. We are connectors, supporters, partners and advancers. We know that being a leader in the arts and culture field takes grit, confidence and the ability to find new possibilities around every corner.

With the University of Pennsylvania as our collaborator, we’ve developed the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy. This eight-month online and in-person cultural leadership program was designed for early to mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector. Courses are flexible and tailored to the field, focusing on the expertise we know is necessary to get ahead in this field. The rigorous course content combines ivy-league curriculum and the industry knowledge of NAS. Participants will leave the program with the ability to think strategically, manage people and money, work well with a board of directors and create maximum value around mission. Participants will gain an understanding of organizational behavior and have confidence in their leadership style.

The cost commitment and amount of time in the classroom makes traditional degree programs out of reach for too many. The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy is less than a year in length, allows for coursework to be completed when it works best for the individual and costs a total of only $4,950.

Applications for this program are now open through November 16, 2015. Apply today or share this opportunity with your colleagues, employees and those in your network.
 

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The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy: Final Convening

It’s hard to believe it is already August. The weather is heating up and summer is slowly coming to an end. It’s an exciting time at NAS! We begin this last month of summer at the University of Pennsylvania for the final convening of the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. During August 12-15, the cohort comes together for a final time.

Participants have been learning together online and in-person over the past eight months. During this final convening, participants will present their final project portfolios and participate in interactive sessions on leadership styles, negotiation and managerial decision-making. Sessions will be led by University of Pennsylvania professors including, Assistant Instructor, Applied Positive Psychology, Reb Rebele; Associate Professor at the Wharton School, Joe Simmons; 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.

On Thursday, August 13, participants will head to Eastern State Penitentiary where they will participate in a live case study on the alignment and challenges in programming, planning and governance. Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President & Director of Interpretation and Public Programming and John McInerney, Board Member and Vice President of Marketing & Communications of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance will lead participants in this discussion and take the group inside the world of this historic organization.

As part of the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy teaching team, NAS’ Pearl Bickersteth, Gail Crider, Fielding Grasty and Sunny Widmann will attend the convening.

This is the culmination of months of hard work and a look into what’s next for the participants in the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. We can’t wait for this final gathering! You can follow along during the program on Twitter at #ExecProgramArts.

We are proud of the thirty leaders completing this program and know that their hard work and dedication will benefit the field at large.

 

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The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy will be presented again in 2016. Applications for the next cohort open later this year. To learn more about this opportunity contact Pearl Bickersteth.

 

The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Journey Continues

Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Participants on the University of Pennsylvania campus during the March 2015 convening

Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Participants on the University of Pennsylvania campus during the March 2015 convening

The next phase of the journey for participants in our Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy has started! Participants have finished the core courses in the program: Arts & Culture Strategy and Arts & Culture Finance. Last week, they ventured on their custom paths, taking part in three electives over the next few months.

Electives in the program include Strategic Marketing, Fundraising, Social Media Strategies, Impact Management, Nonprofit Governance in Practice and Community & Collaboration. The elective courses are taught by leading professors and practitioners in the field, such as urban planning and comprehensive community revitalization expert Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson and Dr. Sherrie A. Madia, Executive Director of Communications, External Affairs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, among others. They feature case studies from cultural institutions such as NOCCA and the 11th Street Bridge Park and grapple with the relevant issues of organizations such as The Denver Zoo.

Following the electives, participants will convene for a final time at the University of Pennsylvania in August. While in Philadelphia, participants will put the skills they’ve gained over the year to the test, hone their leadership skills and share their final program portfolios with their colleagues.

Participants in the program are leaders in arts and culture organizations all over the world. Learn more about members of the cohort »

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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 »