The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy: Final Convening

By     Aug 5, 2015
NAS Program & Engagement Manager

Taylor Craig

Taylor supports program design and the implementation of the participant experience for NAS. She leads the design, implementation and analysis of program evaluation and is the manager of the NAS internship program. In addition, Taylor manages our social media and web presence, coordinates marketing and communications of all NAS programs and is managing editor of Field Notes.

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.