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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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Future Leadership™

The Future Leadership Program was aimed at cultivating the next wave of arts and cultural executives, and equipping them with the expertise they will need to excel in top management positions within the next five to seven years. The approaching retirement of long-standing executives across the entire nonprofit sector presents a momentous challenge for the cultural field as well. With smart investment today, together we can transform this looming change into a creative opportunity.

A unique approach

A partnership between NAS and you, Future Leadership was a chance for us to collectively develop exactly the professional development experiences needed for our next wave of top executives. We used online tools, such as the Future Leadership Program Design Blog, to "co-author" new services and events with you and your colleagues. NAS maintained this "public square" throughout the life of the program, and contributed our resources and expertise to help design and deliver the highest quality professional development events and services.


The Future Leadership Fellowship enabled 275 mid-career professionals to take part in the pilot series of events presented during the fall of 2009.  These fellowships covered the full tuition of $500 for a day-long professional development session with faculty from a leading business school. In addition to the classroom experience, fellows have been welcomed into a national network of colleagues, making use of online tools to connect within and across program sites and have access to management expertise and advice from National Arts Strategies and the NAS network for a year.

National partners

NAS worked with a national network of partners to present six events across the country.  Our partners included: Arts Alliance Illinois, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Boeing Company, Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, The Henry Ford, New York Foundation for the Arts, Springboard for the Arts and Theatre Bay Area.


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