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Educational Services
Custom Programs
Facilitation and Consulting
Advisory Services
Speaking Engagements


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Creative Community Launchpad »

Bainbridge Island, WA | March 17-20, 2016
Fellows attend a three-day in-person feedback session where they present their project pitch to national funders and leaders in the field of creative placemaking and receive feedback.

Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy »

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA | March 2-5, 2016

Students will meet their colleagues, learn about key concepts such as negotiation, decision-making and human-centered design and meet the NAS & Penn teaching teams.



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Educational Services

Our established organizational leadership programs address a broad mix of capacity-building needs, organization sizes, and learning styles. We also take on a limited number of custom engagements each year to help institutions and communities apply new learning to their unique situations. We develop custom programs for states and municipalities, large cultural institutions, and alumni of our programs. NAS senior staff also support the field through advisory engagements with grantmakers, agencies, and other service providers; participation in sector-level collaborations; and speaking engagements.

Custom programs

NAS works with funders to create custom leadership programs for states and large cities; with service organizations to create custom programs for their memberships; and with large cultural institutions to create custom programs for an institution. These programs leverage NAS team seminars, faculty, facilitation and consulting resources, and our expertise in the design and delivery of learning-based organizational improvement programs. Learn more »

Facilitation and consulting

NAS is not a consulting company, but we do take on a small number of projects each year to facilitate innovation and growth in individual organizations. We focus on alumni of our programs, and projects we believe can create new examples for our field. Our approach is based on facilitation and the development of new expertise for organizations, rather than an outsourcing approach. To learn more or discuss a project, please call or email us. »

Advisory services

NAS has a long history of collaboration with grant makers, agencies, research organizations, and service providers here in the United States and overseas. Our senior leadership undertakes a number of advisory projects each year to help with the planning, design, development, and evaluation of capacity building initiatives in the arts and culture sector. To discuss how we can support your goals, please call or email us. »

Speaking engagements

The NAS team contributes to conferences and other events as key note speakers and panelists. NAS staff have spoken at events for a broad range of arts and cultural groups in the United States and abroad, including Grantmakers for the Arts, the League of American Orchestras, Theatre Communications Group, the American Association of Museums, Chorus America, and many more. To discuss speaking engagements for your organization, please call or email us. »






















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