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Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy

         

Lead with Confidence

A six month online and in-person Ivy League certification designed to advance your career in arts and culture.

The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy is a premier opportunity for professionals working in the arts and culture sector to learn valuable skills in strategy, fundraising, financial management, governance, and marketing while forging meaningful connections with a diverse cohort of leaders – all at a uniquely affordable price.

 

Since 2015, NAS has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice to implement an actionable, skills-based curriculum taught by the world’s leading business minds. Through the program’s blended learning environment, participants can learn online and at their own pace while forming lasting relationships that provide opportunities for support and career advancement during live online sessions and an in-person convening at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Normally a nine month experience, the 2021 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy has been modified to run the full and unabridged curriculum over six months and at a reduced tuition to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Graduates from the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy will join a network of more than 300 professionals working to challenge the status quo around the world.

 

You’ll receive…

an Ivy League certificate through our partnership with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, an internationally renowned academic institution.


You’ll gain…

concrete skills you can immediately apply to your work. Implement tools in real-time to positively impact your organization the right way.


You’ll join…

an international cohort of arts leaders, growing your network and building a community of support with whom you can connect and collaborate.


You’ll learn…

at your own pace. Courses are designed to be flexible around your busy life. Most students report spending an average of 4-6 hours per week on coursework.

This unique program is designed to give you expert industry knowledge, flexible scheduling, a powerful professional network and an Ivy League credential that will help you reshape the cultural landscape.


2021 Schedule

6 MONTHS • 4-6 HOURS/WEEK

  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2021
  • Online Orientation: February 2021
  • Online Learning: March – July 2021
  • Closing Convening: August 2021
    University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA

Who Should Apply

You are:

  • An early to mid-career professional (at least 3 years of experience) in the arts and culture sector
  • Or, seeking to enter the sector (with a minimum of 3 years work experience)
  • Curious, open and driven
  • Searching for tools and frameworks to help you navigate and move forward in your career

No prerequisites in education or otherwise are required. The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy strives to be accessible to leaders at all stages of their careers. All professionals interested in advancing their careers in the arts and cultural field are invited to apply.


New This Year

The 2021 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy’s curriculum will integrate discussions on equity, inclusivity, power dynamics, and non-traditional fundraising. NAS and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice want to ensure arts and culture professionals are equipped to lead during the challenges society is facing.

 

The program will also feature four live online learning sessions for the cohort to build connections and interact with faculty to enhance their learning.


Program Cost

Tuition for the six-month Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy is $4,450 and covers all materials required to successfully complete the program. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs for the in-person convening in Philadelphia.

 

Payment plans are available and will be assessed an administrative and financing fee.

 


Informational Webinar

 

The final Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy webinar has been held, however you are welcome to watch its recording where we dive into an overview of the 6-month journey, including in-depth looks at our online curriculum, live online sessions, and in-person convening at the University of Pennsylvania. We’re also joined by an alumni to hear about their experience during the program and impact after their graduation.
 

Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Webinar


What Our Alumni Have to Say

We’re proud that our Executive Program alumni have used the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in the program to become leaders in the world of arts and culture strategy.