Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture


This on-demand course will help those in the performing arts, museums, zoos, libraries and other cultural organizations build environments where new management and program ideas are created, shared, evaluated and the best ones are successfully put to work.
Developed by David Owens at Vanderbilt University and customized for the cultural sector by National Arts Strategies, Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture will teach you how to make an “innovation strategy” a fundamental component of your organization’s overall strategy. In this course, you will learn to:


You’ll analyze…

constraints on innovation in your organization, foresee obstacles and opportunities, and develop a shared vision.

You’ll develop…

a process to manage the demands of multiple stakeholders, shifting priorities and the uncertainty inherent in new initiatives.

You’ll foster…

a culture for innovation and risk-taking that generates new perspectives and challenges existing practice.

You’ll create…

a strong customer focus within your organization that anticipates customer needs.

Selection Criteria

Enrollment in this on-demand course is free and open to anyone interested in gaining traction for new ideas and creating culture for innovation.


This course is presented on-demand, meaning you can start learning when and where it works for you. Suggested deadlines and a timeline are provided, but this course is designed for you to take at your own pace.



Participation is on an individual basis, but this platform provides a great opportunity for several members of a department or across a department to move through the course together, making time to discuss topics and challenges as a team.