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Join colleagues around the world to develop your leadership skills and cultivate your knowledge of the field. Learn at your own pace, for free. Enroll today »

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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The Chief Executive Program


Funding Partners

The development of this program was made possible by the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fidelity Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.

These three foundations have made an extraordinary commitment over many years to help arts and culture institutions address key challenges. We would like to thank each of them for their support – for NAS and the cultural sector.

About the Program

Across the cultural field and around the globe, there are leaders thinking creatively about the problems they face – finding new ways to engage with their communities, experimenting with their models and leading their organizations through an environment that is rapidly changing. The Chief Executive Program is designed to support those outstanding leaders who are pushing forward along that path, tackling the big questions facing the field.

This one-year program serves an international group of 50 CEOs who work individually and in groups to broaden their thinking about their environments and to lead change. NAS supports their efforts to bring new ideas to their organizations and communities. By the end of the experience, participants will have the ideas, tools and connections to collectively strengthen the cultural sector. They will join their colleagues from previous cohorts as a network of leaders and organizations positioned to introduce field-level change.

Putting new ideas into action requires change, and change doesn’t happen overnight. We believe it is a result of learning, and that true learning comes about through cycles of exploration, reflection, application and sharing. The Chief Executive Program creates the space and community for this learning to take place.


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