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

The Chief Executive Program
Spend ten months with NAS and 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 across New England and learn to use the power of arts and culture to take your project to the next level, driving transformational change.
NAS Summit
Annual summit for members of the NAS network to work together to tackle challenges and to explore how biases and our approach to leadership affects our work.

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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

Design Thinking: How to Effectively Brainstorm
Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, shares the Design Thinking approach to brainstorming.
Empathy Map
This lesson, developed by NAS in partnership with Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, will walk you through a process to help you understand the circumstances and needs of the client.
How does a leader effect change in his organization?
Howard Spector, Executive Director of P.S. ARTS, discusses the importance of having the right people, providing learning opportunities, and maintaining mission focus to successfully lead an organization through change.
How can cultural organizations work with their communities rather than for their communities?
Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia, discusses how widening your definitions can broaden your understanding of community.

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