OUR MISSION

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

Guiding Principles

Diversity
visible diversity

Inequity is an injustice that we do everything within our power to address. Leaders come in many forms and from many places. It's time that all leaders are recognized. We actively choose diverse participants who are all values-based, creative thinkers who want to change their world. And, we work with leaders and communities to shift mindsets, conversations and imbalances.

Leadership
critical leadership

Our sector can’t just respond, it must lead. But, as the world gets more complex, so does the role of a leader. Our long-term support helps the visionary leaders of today and tomorrow have the important and sometimes difficult conversations that enable more potent strategic decisions.

Rigor
accessible rigor

We create deep exchange across generations of leaders and among the world’s leading minds, with whom we partner based on their relevance, rigor and reputation. With these academic leaders and institutions, we offer our sector the benefits of proven process and methods that can be challenged, adapted and used time and time again, rather than “flavor of the month,” single personality approaches.

Ecosystem
contrasting connections

Growing over three decades, our alumni community is a powerful mix of disciplines, cultures, geography, ages and roles. Leaders test and strengthen their styles by learning alongside one another, transferring knowledge, deepening connections and broadening networks. As a growing community of practice, we create a more vibrant cultural ecosystem.

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

Placemaking: It’s About Addressing the Disconnect
This week continues our conversation on creative placemaking where we asked our Creative Community Fellows to talk about creative placemaking[...]
How should cultural institutions approach visitor engagement?
Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, talks about how her organization invites people to engage.
The Courage to Fail
It’s not easy for most of us to fail. We grow up in a world of consequences and standardized tests and we frequently only have one good shot to get something right.
Mission Unaccomplished
A paper on the role of education in defining the purpose of the arts in society.

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