This website represents the work of a small but dedicated community of cultural leaders from around the globe. Last year, NAS brought these participants of The Chief Executive Program together at an ideation conference to collectively work on real-world solutions to four key problems facing the field: engaging collaborators in shaping our institutional agendas; creating 21st century boards; developing transformational employees and systems; and maximizing the field’s value in the eyes of the public. The result of that convening was over 400 ideas for how to solve those issues.

This site is an encyclopedia of those ideas. It is, however, is only the beginning. We want these ideas to grow. These issues affect all of us working in arts and culture. We want to throw this open to see what can happen if we tap the collective brainpower of the entire field. We invite you to join in. Add your insights.

We’ve provided this set of tools for you to continue to hone and shape these concepts, to share your ideas and build upon those of your colleagues.

Use this website to browse general approaches to the problem statements or look at individual solutions. Download the toolkit and continue the work in your own organization or use the content to engage others in your community or the field.

If we work together, we can craft solutions that benefit us all.

Now, let’s get to work!

The NAS Team


Featured Problems

Customers are shifting from passive consumers to active collaborators. Many desire experiences designed for and with them. Increasingly, cultural organizations are seeking to be audience- driven by inviting customers into their process.

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Leaders inherit longstanding governance structures and practices that can seem immutable. Consider the value board members can add to the organization’s mission, the responsibilities of board members and those of the CEO.

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The value each organization delivers to its community is unique. Amplifying (or obscuring) this value, though, is the general perception of the value of cultural organizations as a category.

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The landscape in which we work is changing, with convergence affecting structures, people and processes. Adaptation and innovation are necessary to thrive in this new environment.

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