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

Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy
Gain an Ivy League certificate and top-tier tools to advance your career in the arts through NAS's partnership with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.
Change Network | North Dakota
North Dakota Change Network connects individuals who want to make a difference and prepares them to become strong leaders who will see that change through.
Change Network | South Dakota
South Dakota Change Network connects individuals who want to make a difference and prepares them to become strong leaders who will see that change through.

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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

The 7 Levers of Large-Scale Social Change
Nora Silver, professor at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, discusses large-scale social change -- the conditions necessary and the levers to use.
The Planks for Leading Change
Inspired by the HBR article, “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail,” Nancy Koehn offers these nine planks (and their sequence) necessary for leading a successful change effort. 
VUCA
VUCA is an acronym used to describe situations or environments with high levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.
Job Crafting
The Job Crafting™ Exercise, discussed at the 2018 NAS Summit, helps you make your job more engaging and fulfilling. This[...]

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