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About NAS

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

Established in 1983, NAS has trained and supported more arts and culture leaders than any other organization.

We provide access to invaluable academia and opportunities. We mix skillsets and mindsets. We broaden perspectives and networks. We remove silos and open doors. We push boundaries and what’s possible.

More than ever, society needs art, culture and creativity to challenge, connect and elevate. That’s why we continue to fuel diverse, inspirational leaders as they shift their careers, organizations and communities.

Our Guiding Principles

Our team is united by our core values that shape and guide our work.

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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.