OUR MISSION

We build and support a diverse community of arts and culture leaders who drive inspiring change for the future.

Guiding Principles

Diversity
intentional
diversity

Inequity is an injustice that we must do everything within our power to address. We actively choose diverse cohorts and work directly with leaders and communities to shift mindsets and conversations and provide tools to address imbalances.

Leadership
critical
vision

Difficult conversations are an essential part of meaningful change, and the force that drives action. Our long-term support helps the visionary leaders of today and tomorrow have the important and sometimes challenging discussions that enable more potent strategic decisions.

Rigor
accessible rigor

Bringing together unlike leaders from a diverse range of disciplines, geographies and roles yields powerful results: wide-ranging networks and unexpected partnerships that spark transformative change.

Ecosystem
contrasting connections

With new strategies and skills, leaders can more effectively challenge existing processes and methods. We develop and deliver programming in partnership with leading thinkers and academics, chosen for their relevance, rigor and reputation.

Strategic Disruption
strategic
disruption

During times of social and political uncertainty, leaders re-think their relevance, business models and impact. We give them entrepreneurial tools to examine, test and implement new approaches.

Programs

Our programs provide access to  academia and opportunities. They mix skillsets and mindsets, broaden perspectives and networks. They remove silos and open doors, pushing boundaries and what’s possible.

Upcoming

Creative Community Fellows: New England
Join cultural trailblazers from across New England and learn to use the power of arts and culture to take your project to the next level, driving transformational change.
The Chief Executive Program
Spend ten months with NAS and an international cohort of 50 artistic and executive leaders. Learn from leading experts and from each other. Gain new perspectives, tools and connections to increase your abilities and impact.
Creative Community Fellows
Join cultural trailblazers from around the world and learn to use the power of arts and culture to take your project to the next level, driving transformational change.

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Impact Stories

Shahina Johnson

CREATE STUDIOS

“Being taken out of your comfort zone and looking at decisions that made your organization vulnerable was tough. But the Chief Executive Program’s lessons helped me build skills that create even more value for our community and the support of my incredible cohort helped me share a vision more effectively with both partners and my team.”


Resources & Insights

Teamwork makes the dream work
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Placemaking: Leverage, Alignment and Moving Mountains
A video case study on Irrigate the Arts featuring Laura Zabel, the Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota.
What’s an organization for?
With many folks talking about the need for new business models to make arts organizations more sustainable, The Artful Manager's Andrew Taylor takes the discussion a bit further.
How do organizations create partnerships between education and the arts?
Kenneth Fischer, President of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, talks about his organization's experience working with its academic neighbor to create more engaging and meaningful performances.

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