2018 // Minneapolis

The NAS Summit


Connecting Across Difference. Bridging Divides.

Two and a half days with leaders from across the NAS network, working together to tackle challenges and to explore how biases and our approach to leadership affects our work.

We’re tearing down the walls that divide our programs to help you draw upon the incredible power of our full alumni network. We’re creating an annual event for alumni from all of our programs to come together to learn, to discuss and to collaborate. Our first NAS Summit was December 6-8, 2018 in Minneapolis.


Connect with other arts and culture leaders from all facets of our field — artists, entrepreneurs, board, staff, executives and funders. We will spend our mornings working with Janice Downing, an independent consultant and trainer, and Nancy Koehn, Ph.D, a historian and professor of leadership at Harvard Business School. On Friday morning we will look at biases — our own and those of others — and their implications, introducing tools to help navigate them. On Saturday morning we will focus on the challenge of leadership and how to lead through adversity to create lasting change.


The following day we will tap into the collective power of group in working sessions where you chose the topics you want to address. There will be three blocks of time dedicated to these working sessions, each with several options from which to chose. We have begun to ask for suggested session topics. Please email Dallas Shelby with your suggestion or simply list it when you register. We will share a list of proposed topics soon.


Principles of Equity

The NAS Summit will debut a yearlong collaboration between NAS and alumni from the Chief Executive Program to develop a set of principles for advancing racial equity in arts and culture organizations. Attendees are invited to join working sessions hosted by the group on December 7 and 8 to discuss the principles in-depth, suggest improvements and drive forward their adoption and implementation.


2018 Schedule at a Glance

  • Opening Reception: 4 - 8 p.m., Thursday, December 6
  • Exploring Bias: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Friday, December 7
  • Working Sessions: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., Friday, December 7
  • Exploring Leadership: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday, December 8
  • Working Sessions: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., Saturday, December 8
  • Closing Reception: 6 - 9 p.m., Saturday, December 8


Tuition & Fees

The fee structure is outlined below. You may chose one of the three options listed. The tuition and fees cover the cost of meals, faculty and materials. They do not include your lodging. We have secured a room block at the Hampton Inn & Suites for $100/night.


  • $900  Covering your costs, contributing toward a fellow
  • $650  Covering your costs
  • $250  Fellowship price*


* Fellows will be required to share what they are taking away from the experience.