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NAS Homecoming

Early Riser booking now open through May27!

NAS Homecoming

After two years of hosting online community conversations, virtual hugs, and making nearly all of our programs fully remote in response to the pandemic, we’ve heard from so many of you who are eager to gather in person. It is so meaningful and necessary for communities to come together, to share food and joy and time with one another, and to disconnect from daily life and reconnect with ourselves and our community.   

That’s why we’re inviting you to join us for NAS Homecoming: September 29 – October 2, 2022 at Pearlstone Retreat Center in Reisterstown, Maryland.

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Who This is For:

Anyone and everyone in the NAS Community! Whether you’re a current program participant, completed one recently, or we haven’t spoken in years, you’re welcome here. 

Cost:

NAS Homecoming is Pay What You Will. It’s important that every member of the NAS community has the opportunity to join us.

Our suggested price is $610 – the cost of your food and lodging – and we ask you meet a minimum of $300. We recognize that your time has value of its own, and we know that traveling to this retreat brings its own costs. If you’re able to pay more than our suggested price, the amount over $610 can be a tax deductible donation that enables NAS to cover attendance of other NAS community members.

Why is there a minimum cost? We’ve set a minimum booking price of $300 due to our costs associated with this gathering. If you would like to join the NAS community at this retreat and $300 is cost prohibitive, please email us at info@artstrategies.org.

We welcome you to pay the amount that works for you and are so excited to gather this fall!

Book before Friday, May 27 and be an Early Riser

Get first choice in accommodations! Pearlstone offers several types of lodging. As an Early Riser, you get first pick, whether you’re looking for some quiet time on your own, or a fun space to share with friends!

Lock in your space! More than anything, we want Homecoming to be an opportunity for connection. To honor this intention, we’re placing a booking capacity on this retreat. While we hope all who wish to attend will be able, booking now means your spot is secure!

Create your own luck! They say the early bird gets the worm, after all. In this spirit, the NAS team will host a special virtual Luck Circle leading up to Homecoming – available to any Early Risers that wish to attend. Learn more about the Luck Circle here.

Pay on your own schedule! When you book early, you’ll have the option to submit payment for Homecoming over the next four months. Booking after Friday, May 27 will require your full payment upon signing up.

Homecoming at Home:

NAS understands that attending in person may not be feasible for some members of our community, which is why we will be offering a thoughtfully constructed virtual experience alongside our in person gathering. Booking for Homecoming at Home opens this June!

What You Can Expect: 

Homecoming is being co-designed with your peers from the NAS community and has three core priorities: Knowledge Building, Network Weaving, and Reflection Time. We’re currently creating a space for powerful skill and idea sharing, meaningful connections, and time away from your day-to-day to help you return to your work and life with renewed energy and a fresh perspective. Stay tuned for more information about the Homecoming experience later this month!

Venue:

We chose to host this gathering at a the beautiful Pearlstone Retreat Center to give us all an opportunity to reconnect with nature, ourselves, and one another. Learn more about the setting here.

The campus is located approximately 30 minutes from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (and is accessible to other Washington, DC area airports as well)

Accessibility & Safety:

Accessibility is a top priority for Homecoming. Pearlstone is designed with accessibility in mind and we encourage you to share your access needs when you book so we can do our best to center you. NAS is also committed to gathering as safely as possible, and will be carefully following the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines to keep this community in the loop on all anticipated safety protocols.

Meet the Planning Committee:

NAS is working to move away from conventional hierarchical leadership and decision making, moving instead towards coalition building, co-design, leaderful movements/organizations/communities, and consensus.

Our Homecoming Planning Committee, representing the dimensions of this community’s leaders, is designing space to connect, reflect, learn, and reimagine that is uniquely by and for this family. We will be sharing updates on the NAS Community Hub, where we invite you and our entire community to offer feedback and help shape the final design.

Celine Elliot

She/Her
Wadebridge, Cornwall, UK
UK Creative Community Fellows

Jo Troll

They/Them
Boston, Massachusetts
Creative Community Fellows: New England

Xi-mali Kadeena-Guscoth

He/Him
London, UK
UK Creative Community Fellows

Jennifer Green-Flint

She/Her
Winchester, Virginia
Chief Executive Program

Veronique Le Melle

She/Her
San Antonio, Texas
Chief Executive Program

Alison Curry

She/Her
Bishop Auckland NE, UK
UK Creative Community Fellows

Jennifer McEwen

She/Her
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Chief Executive Program
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Murad Khan

He/Him
Oldbury, West Midlands, UK
UK Creative Community Fellows

Khine Bonner

He/Him
Washington, D.C./Maryland
Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy


Carolina Prieto

She/Her
Boston, Massachusetts/
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/
Las Vegas, Nevada
Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy
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We hope to see you there!

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