For more than 35 years a vast array of individuals and organizations have looked to NAS to as they create change — in their careers, in their organizations and in their communities. Our focus and our approach have evolved in that time and because of the leaders with whom we’ve worked, creating three distinct eras.
We began with defining and implementing stabilization strategies and practices in select cities throughout the U.S. We worked with arts and culture institutions and committees of city-based funding partners, rethinking short and long term financial, governance and operational models. We did this through a series of multi-year, intensive consultations.
We moved away from consulting and towards tailoring training programs to the needs of arts and culture leaders – board and staff – from around the world. We focused on multi-organization, team-based executive education and individual leadership development. This era was all about putting tools and knowledge into the hands of leaders who wanted to change their approaches and foster learning cultures within organizations.
We work with current and future leaders in the arts and culture sector to change the status quo. This includes proactively building a far broader, more representative and a deeper leadership pipeline. Then connecting leaders in vibrant and sustainable ways to increase their leadership tools, deepen their cross-sector knowledge and support their well-being and work throughout their careers.
Ford, Andrew W. Mellon and Rockefeller Foundations establish National Arts Stabilization, an independent nonprofit arts management organization
Stabilization program launched in Boston
Kansas City stabilization program launched
Arizona stabilization program launched
Seattle stabilization program launched
New York City stabilization program launched
Baltimore stabilization program launched
Columbus stabilization program launched
NAS launches executive education program
Strategy seminar developed
Evaluation Research Project launched with national and international partners
NAS financial analysis, New Haven
NAS selected to help design and manage the Cleveland Foundation’s BASICs program
New York City Info Tech Project launched
NAS partnered with the Stanford Graduate School of Business to offer executive education programs (Stanford Alliance)
New Haven Project launched
Oklahoma City Project launched
Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders-Arts – a national residential program for arts leaders – launched at Stanford Graduate School of Business
Governance seminar developed
Irvine Foundation Project for Human Capitalization and Financial Benchmarking launched for Cornerstone Arts Organizations in California
Creative Alliances seminar developed
Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders-Arts closes
NAS and the Getty Leadership Institute convening on cultural organizations and changing leisure trends
Future Leadership – program for next-generation leaders in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit & Minneapolis – launched
Talk with an Expert program – online “office hours” with leading university faculty – launches
NAS began producing online videos featuring insights from leaders inside and outside of the field
The Chief Executive Program piloted
Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Entrepreneurs – a training program for young arts and culture professionals built in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar – launched
NAS launched Field Notes blog on ArtsJournal
Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture – six-week online Coursera course developed in partnership with Vanderbilt University – launched
Arts and Culture Strategy – six-week online Coursera course developed in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania – launched
Leadership Training Programme for Senior Arts and Culture Executives – executive training program developed in partnership with Hong Kong Arts Administrators Associaion – launched
Creative Community Fellows program launched
Strategy for Cultural Administrators Program – training program developed in partnership with Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC) in Brazil – launched
Interested in our new era?