2019 // BOSTON

The NAS Summit


Get Inspired. Get Connected. Get To Work.

Two and a half days with leaders from across the NAS network, working together to tackle challenges and to explore how our values affect our work.

The NAS alumni community is an incredible cross section of the arts and culture sector – CEOs, senior managers, those aspiring to those positions as well as funders and entrepreneurs. At the NAS Summit, the walls between our programs are torn down and our entire community of partners and alumni is brought together to learn, discuss and collaborate. This year's NAS Summit will be held September 12-14, 2019 in Boston.


This is an opportunity to take a break from the day-to-day and recharge your passions. Equip yourself with new tools and frameworks from our expert faculty and team up with a diverse and creative assembly of arts professionals that will inspire you to tackle the large issues in your organization and community.



The 2019 NAS Summit will focus on values alignment. How does a leader (and an organization) really live their values? How do values come through in practices and processes such as choosing vendors and accepting donors? Each morning will be spent exploring our values; how we articulate them and how we ensure they show up in all aspects of our work.


Afternoons at the NAS Summit are devoted to un-conference-style discussions around the topics our participants want to talk about most. Among the stirring dialogues at the 2018 NAS Summit was the presentation of and a discussion around the Racial Equity Principles, the culmination of a yearlong effort by a dedicated group of Chief Executive Program alumni.


Tuition & Fees

The fee structure is outlined below. You may chose one of the two options listed. The tuition and fees cover the cost of meals, faculty and materials. They do not include your lodging.


  • $650  Covering your costs
  • $250  Fellowship price*


* Summit Fellowships are another way in which NAS is committed to providing access to our programming. We ask Summit Fellows to participate in interviews and/or share their experience with NAS and wider arts community.