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National Arts Strategies would like to extend a warm welcome…
Creative Community Fellows brings a group of twenty-five creative change…
National Arts Strategies (NAS) welcomes 95 arts leaders into the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy class of 2018. With a record number of 150 applicants, this year we are welcoming the largest class to date representing 4 countries and 26 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
National Arts Strategies (NAS) would like to thank the Barr Foundation for their $300,000 grant to support the development of a Creative Community Fellows program for New England that will be piloted in 2018.
National Arts Strategies, in partnership with the Bush Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of a new program for North Dakotans and South Dakotans who have the desire and potential to make positive changes where they live or work.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 89 awards totaling $6.89 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. National Arts Strategies (NAS) is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $75,000 to support the Creative Community Fellows program. The NEA received 274 eligible applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.
National Arts Strategies welcomes 24 artists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, city…
Applications for Creative Community Fellows are now open. Creative Community Fellows unites…
For three years, we’ve partnered with the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice to provide a certificate in cultural leadership through the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. Today, we are honored to announce the class of 2017.
We would like to thank the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for their $85,000 grant through its Fund for National Projects to support our partnership with the International Association of Blacks in Dance.
National Arts Strategies is pleased to announce the participation of 50 exceptional leaders in the fourth and final class of The Chief Executive Program. The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture brings together an international cohort of 50 CEOs who are working to lead change in their organizations, communities and in the cultural field.
At 8am on a Wednesday morning in Vermont, our farmhouse kitchen is already bustling with Creative Community Fellows, staff and mentors. There is a group of five sitting at the table talking about how Peter Frumkin challenged them in yesterday’s session on logic models. There are several Fellows spread out on the balcony, discussing the leadership mantras they created with faculty Jessica Solomon.
Creative Community Fellows brings twenty-five artists, activists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs from around the U.S. together for nine months to learn from each other and from a community of support. We give them tools, training and access to a network. This combination fuels their visions for community change, sparking new ideas and helping propel them into action.
We are thrilled to share that the National Arts Strategies’ (NAS) Creative Community Fellows program has received $35,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund of Akron Community Foundation, to advance community change and cultural entrepreneurship.
The Senior Management Institute is an eight-month program designed for senior level managers of arts and culture organizations. The Institute provides a cross-disciplinary, supportive yet challenging learning environment to improve management and communication skills and to lead high-performing teams.
Spring has arrived early this year at NAS, with many exciting events and announcements coming this March. To kick of this exciting month, the 2016 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy cohort will come together for the first time in-person at the University of Pennsylvania this March 2-5.
Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture is back and open for enrollment on Coursera! This course is designed to help those in the arts and culture sector build environments where new management and program ideas are created, shared, evaluated and the best ones are successfully put to work.
We are undertaking an exploration of a topic that tends to get glossed over in our field… failure. We’re gathering a range of opinions and experiences from inside and outside the field on failure to share widely this March on Field Notes in order to create an archive of experiences and a dialogue on the many forms of failure.
The board and staff of NAS are excited to announce that The Kresge Foundation has awarded NAS a multi-year, general operating grant of $1.5 million. Kresge has long been a partner with us, particularly in the broadening of our work in strengthening communities through arts and culture.
We would like to thank the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their $30,000 grant, which will support a cohort of San Jose, California-based Creative Community Fellows.
Leadership in the arts and culture sector requires grit, confidence…
Today marks the early admission application deadline for the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. The quality of applicants thus far has been remarkable and we are looking forward to continuing the review process. We know that your time is valuable and making the decision to invest in your ongoing professional development is not easy.
This journey began with the final convening of the Chief Executive Program: Community & Culture. Forty-six CEOs who have been learning together for the past fifteen months, gathered for the final time to address some of their most challenging questions at The Summit at Sundance. We built this convening as an ideation summit, an interactive, community-driven process that identifies, clarifies and activates solutions.
With the University of Pennsylvania as our collaborator, we’ve developed the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy. This eight-month online and in-person cultural leadership program was designed for early to mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector. Courses are flexible and tailored to the field, focusing on the expertise we know is necessary to get ahead in this field.
How do you craft a career plan? Why is it important to have a career plan? How do you identify your gaps in learning? How do you begin to fill those gaps? We’re exploring all these questions and more in a conversation on Field Notes this October and we want to hear from you! We aim to host a field-wide conversation on how to craft a career plan in order to highlight the range of experiences and bring to light the array of tools that can be helpful to staff, colleagues and ourselves. Send us your submissions and share this call with your network.
It’s hard to believe it is already August. The weather is heating up and summer is slowly coming to an end. It’s an exciting time at NAS! We begin this last month of summer at the University of Pennsylvania for the final convening of the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. During August 12-15, the cohort comes together for a final time.
On July 20, the twenty-two Fellows in the residential track of Creative Community Fellows come together for a seven-day incubator at a breathtaking estate in Norfolk, CT. This is a core component of the Creative Community Fellows program for those in the residential track. After weeks of online introductions and connections, this is their first time meeting in-person. Fellows will take an in-depth look at the stage of their projects, the goals and the challenges that lie ahead. The House experience serves as a workshop atmosphere, where Fellows have the chance to test their model, improve their ideas and strengthen their projects with the help of diverse community experts.
On Friday, NAS’ Pearl Bickersteth and Fielding Grasty hit the road and head for Chicago to attend the annual Americans for the Arts Convention taking place this June 12-14.
National Arts Strategies partnered with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to develop a custom program for their members. The first event, “AAMD Day of Learning” was held before their annual meeting last month in Detroit.
They hail from around the world. They build arts vocational skills for adults on the autism spectrum. They create card games that change pedestrian behavior and reduce vehicular accidents. They activate community spaces and host pertinent neighborhood discussions. They are the Creative Community Fellows!
May began with a bang! We spent the first week of the month surrounded by the incredible leaders in The Chief Executive Program: Community & Culture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Participants worked with faculty in both the Ross School of Business and the Taubman College of Architecture of Urban Planning, diving into collaboration, building negotiation skills, internal and external leadership and creating an environment for innovation.
The Creative Community Fellows have raised over $30,000 for their projects on RocketHub. Pride is an understatement of how we feel making this announcement.
It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Samuel…
Have a great idea to use arts and culture to better a community? Know someone who does? Well, you are in luck because applications are now open for the Creative Community Fellows program! We are looking for artists, activists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs from around the world who are using arts and culture to drive physical and social transformation in their communities.
Hailing from around the world, the participants in the Executive…
The Creative Community Fellows have made it to the final…
We are pleased to announce Kaywin Feldman as the newest member of the National Arts Strategies Board of Directors. Kaywin Feldman has been the Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) since 2008.
We introduced the participants in the Creative Community Fellows program in June. Over the past seven months Fellows have designed, tested and in some cases entirely reshaped their projects. They’ve worked with National Arts Strategies, their mentors and their communities to draft and refine their project pitches. As they near the final months of the program, now is the time to hear what grantmakers and leaders in the field have to say. Throughout the month of January, Fellows have been participating in review sessions, sharing their project ideas with leading national funders and creative placemaking practitioners. Last week, several of our Fellows gathered in Palo Alto, CA to share their ideas with participating panelists at the Creative Community Launchpad. Other Fellows are participating virtually, connecting one-on-one for feedback through video conference.
NAS is headed to the desert this week to host the Business of Arts and Culture team seminar, Finance. Teams from organizations in the Phoenix area and around the US will come together December 8-9 for this interactive seminar led by NAS faculty, Dr. Greg Reilly. Attending teams will craft financial strategies that support their mission and organizational achievement, identify critical revenue, cost and risk factors that are driving overall financial performance and use financial numbers to predict effects on both mission and organizational health.
On November 24-26, 2014, NAS partnered with the United States Consulate Sao Paulo and SESC Sao Paulo to present a three-day program in Sao Paulo, Brazil for senior cultural leaders from around Brazil. The program focused on strategy and strategic innovation and was led by NAS faculty Dr. Violina Rindova and Dr. Robert Wiltbank. They also led a half-day session for emerging leaders from across Brazil. Approximately 110 leaders participated between both groups.
Applications are now available for two Business of Arts + Culture team seminars, Finance and Extending Your Reach.
National Arts Strategies is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for The Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy.
We are pleased to announce the latest class of exceptional leaders in The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture. These 50 executives will work with National Arts Strategies and each other over the next year to address their biggest challenges and lead change throughout the arts and culture sector. We received applications from leaders in 32 states and 13 different countries and were astounded by the level and diversity of community work these leaders are undertaking. This is the third class of The Chief Executive Program. It has evolved from the experience of the past two classes and discussions with arts and culture leaders around the world. National Arts Strategies is continuing the program with a focus on leaders of organizations where community is at the heart of the mission.
Curious about how to participate in Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture as a team? We’ve received several unique responses to our suggestion that this course is ideal for individuals or team participation.
Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture open for enrollment on Coursera Innovation. It’s the buzzword that everyone loves to talk about and often only in grand terms. What is the next big thing? How do we make radical change? We like to think of innovation as more integrated into what you do like finding new ways to realize your mission, to raise funds, to deliver programs and to use your resources effectively. Innovation is not mysterious or other, but it is tough to do really well. Whether you are taking on radical changes or making continuous improvements, Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture, will give you the tools you need.