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

As a new museum director, what are your main goals and priorities?
Eric Shiner, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, talks about the importance of a realistic, pragmatic approach to change.
IABD Founders on Community & Collaboration
Members of the International Association of Blacks in Dance founders, Joan Myers Brown, Lulu Washington and Cleo Parker Robinson, talk about community and collaboration.
Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software
Steven Johnson is an amazing thinker and this book raises intriguing questions for how cultural programming might be designed in the future.
What arts organizations can learn about community work from a diesel-driven platform
Arts organizations around the world often struggle to build meaningful, sustainable relations with their community. Work with the community, rather than simply for them. Such organizations can learn a thing or two from the Mali multifunctional platform.

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