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Upcoming Opportunities

Executive Diploma in Arts & Culture Strategy

September 2014

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Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture


September 2014

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The Chief Executive Program

The Summit at Sundance

November 2-5, 2014

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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 »

There are no Business of Arts and Culture seminars scheduled at this time.



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 »

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.



Creative Community Fellows

The Creative Community Fellowship brings together a unique community of innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. Led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking and creative placemaking fellows gain the tools, skills and networks to activate the ideas that will transform their communities. Learn more »

Impact House

Great Barrington, Massachusetts | July 27- August 3, 2014

Fellows will spend seven days in a breathtaking estate that provides an inspirational setting ideal for concentration, creativity and collaboration. Skills sessions for the week will focus on transformative leadership, design thinking, communication and collaboration. Learn more about the Fellows»



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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