Our Partners

Community Tied Together

Our partners share our belief that career-long investment in the skills and expertise of arts and culture change-makers is critical for our field.

Strong partnerships are essential to our mission of building and supporting a diverse community of cultural leaders who drive inspiring change for the future. 

Funding Partners

To create a network of change, we need the help of a wide range of leaders and organizations: national, regional and local funders; arts and cultural agencies; service organizations; and our growing community of change-makers.

Partner with NAS

Join with us to change the status quo in your community.

NAS seeks partnerships with forward-thinking, collaborative, community responsive grantmakers. We have a lot to offer to strengthen existing leadership investment efforts and to support a deeper and more diverse community of practice in your city and across the country.

Learn more about tailored solutions for your community.

Our current programs are made possible by the support of:


The Barr Foundation


The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation


The Kresge Foundation

The Bush Foundation


Educational Foundation of America


The John S and James L Knight Foundation


  • The Abell Foundation
  • The American Express Foundation
  • Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
  • Arts Council of Silicon Valley
  • Arizona Republic
  • The Arizona Community Foundation
  • The Atherton Family Foundation
  • Bancfirst
  • Boettcher Foundation
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Broward County Cultural Affairs Division
  • The Brown Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • The Cleveland Foundation
  • The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
  • The Cooke Foundation, Ltd.
  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • The Dayton Hudson Foundation
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • The Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation
  • The Fannie Mae Foundation
  • Fidelity Foundation
  • The Fleishhacker Foundation
  • The Flinn Foundation
  • The Fondren Foundation
  • The Ford Foundation
  • Fulton County Arts Council
  • The Foundation for the Carolinas
  • The Fund for the Arts
  • The GAR Foundation
  • The General Mills Foundation
  • The George Gund Foundation
  • Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
  • The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
  • The Hall Family Foundation
  • The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation
  • The Hawaii Community Foundation
  • The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Houston Endowment
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • The John P. Murphy Foundation
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • The Kirkpatrick Foundation
  • The Kulas Foundation
  • Major Performing Arts Board for the Australia Council
  • The Marin Community Foundation
  • The Mary and Dan Dent Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • The Meadows Foundation
  • The Merrick Foundation
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
  • Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council
  • Mid-America Arts Alliance
  • Mississippi Arts Commission
  • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
  • Nebraska Arts Council
  • The Nord Family Foundation
  • The Oklahoma Arts Council
  • The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
  • The Peter Kiewit Companies Foundation
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative
  • Phoenix Suns
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • Target Stores
  • Texas Commission on the Arts
  • The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • The Wallace Foundation
  • The Walter and Elise Haas Fund
  • 4Culture

Program Partners

Our program partners join with us to development and deliver innovative and impactful programs and research. Combining our skills and resources enriches our service to the field.


University of Pennslyvania School of Social Polily & Practic


With the University of Pennsylvania as our collaborator, we’ve developed the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy. This eight-month online and in-person certificate program in cultural leadership was designed for early to mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector. This partnership has continued and is the result of the course curriculum for the online, on demand Arts & Culture Strategy Coursera course as well as the Creative Community House, an integral part of the Creative Community Fellows program.



The Harvard Business School and NAS have been long-time partners, working together on curriculum for The Chief Executive Program since its inception. In addition, faculty from HBS have helped us develop curriculum for our Strategic Marketing and Digital Strategies seminars as well as the NAS Summit.


Association of Art Museum Directors


NAS partnered with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to develop a custom program for its members. A three-year engagement, we created and presented Days of Learning in conjunction with AAMD's annual meetings from 2015-2017. The curriculum was driven by issues members identified as most critical and focused on strategies and frameworks to help museum leaders lead change in their institutions and communities.


Michigan Ross School of Business logo


The Ross School of Business and NAS partnered to deliver The Chief Executive Series, an invitation-only residential program for 25 leaders from the most outstanding arts and cultural institutions in the country. The two have continued this relationship to develop convenings and curriculum for The Chief Executive Program.


Salzburg Global Seminar


The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development, and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society. NAS partnered with the Seminar in 2012 to present The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, an event that provided a unique learning opportunity for the next generation of leaders from around the world.


Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association


NAS and the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association (HKAAA) joined forces in 2014 to develop the Leadership Training Programme for Senior Arts and Culture Executives. The program was designed to help senior executives from Hong Kong and around the Asia-Pacific region explore strategic challenges, access the best thinking from outside the cultural sector and apply those concepts and frameworks in their organizations and communities. In 2018, we partnered with HKAAA again to create the Executive Seminar on Art Leadership, two days of thought-provoking conversations and sessions designed to improve leadership abilities and expand strategic perspectives.




NAS partnered with the Getty Leadership Institute to bring together leaders from around the world for convenings on timely issues. The aim of this work is to bring insight and create thinking networks around specific topics. In 2004, NAS and GLI worked together on a two day symposium about how creative teams are managed in the for profit and nonprofit arts. In 2007, we worked together on a symposium on leisure time in the United States. Review the publication generated from these convenings on our publications page, or visit the Getty Leadership Institute to read about their work. In 2011, we again partnered to prepare Must Reads, a compendium of 21 articles on leadership identified specifically for busy arts and cultural professionals.


Cultural policy center


The Cultural Policy Center at The Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago was focused on researching America’s cultural infrastructure. The research examines the impact of capital projects on arts and culture organizations and their communities. NAS was responsible for guiding the public release and creating the public teaching materials on this project, and the Set in Stone website has had nearly 7,000 hits since the public roll out. In February 2016, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Cultural Policy Center merged with Place Lab, an Arts + Public Life initiative of UChicago Arts.