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Business of Arts and Culture™
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Business of Arts and Culture

New York | May 1-2, 2014

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Business of Arts and Culture

Chicago | July 24-25, 2014

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The Summit at Sundance

November 2-5, 2014

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Event Schedule

Business of Arts and Culture

Teams are now able to name their own tuition for Business of Arts and Culture seminars, thanks to the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fidelity Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Learn more about the Business of Arts and Culture program »


Digital Strategies

New York | May 1-2, 2014

Learn an integrated approach to digital marketing, social media and digital program initiatives that will help you better advance your mission and deliver business results. Learn more »

Extending Your Reach

Chicago | July 24-25, 2014

Explore how alliances can help drive your organizational strategy and build a stronger community and evaluate your own portfolio of partners to position yourself for success. Learn more »


The Chief Executive Program

The Chief Executive Program is a two-year initiative designed to unleash the collective power of 100 of the top executive leaders in the cultural sector to address the intractable issues of competition, money and relevance. These leaders will re-imagine what cultural institutions will be and how they can contribute to civil society. Learn more »

University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Ann Arbor | March 30 – April 3, 2014  

The Chief Executive Program cohort will focus on leading larger-scale change – how to lead change in and across organizations to achieve big visions. We will look at what it takes to shift organizational culture, managing, motivating and negotiating with staff, board and community to implement new ideas.  

Sundance Resort

Sundance | November 2-5, 2014

This Chief Executive Program community will start building their action plans for the future as a community of Fellows. At Sundance they will build on all the ideas they have explored, all the conversations with colleagues, all the progress they have made in their organizations and any collaborations with fellow executives. Leaders will come together to ask, “What is possible?” and generate ideas for moving forward against the challenges they now see as most pressing for the field.


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 »

There are no custom programs scheduled at this time.


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