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National Arts Strategies (NAS) strengthens the arts and culture sector by creating meaningful and useful educational experiences for leaders at all levels of the ecosystem – from boards and CEOs to entrepreneurs and artists – giving them the tools, connections and support to transform their leadership, their organizations and their communities.

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Congrats to Allentza Michel, member of our 2016 Creative Community Fellows, who was awarded the Jorge and Darlene Pérez ...
06/10/2021
2021 Peréz Prize in Public Art & Civic Design Awardee Allentza Michel

Congrats to Allentza Michel, member of our 2016 Creative Community Fellows, who was awarded the Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design for her pursuit of equity in community development and the arts! Click below to learn more about the incredible work she does!

Allentza Michel is an artist, urban planner, policy advocate, and researcher with a background in community organizing and human service.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. As we search to better understand the effects of trauma on wo...
05/26/2021
Organizational Health, Well-Being, and Healing - CultureSource

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. As we search to better understand the effects of trauma on workplaces, NAS director Sunny Widmann has an excellent piece on how trauma-informed care can help leaders address inequity and stress in order to create healthier organizations.

Sunny Widmann details how embedding trauma-informed care into workplaces can help us address inequity and stress to create healthier organizations.

Vogue has a beautiful story about the generations of women working to continue the legacies of New York City's small, fa...
05/18/2021
The Mothers and Daughters Fighting to Keep Chinatown Alive

Vogue has a beautiful story about the generations of women working to continue the legacies of New York City's small, family-owned Chinatown businesses – featuring Creative Community Fellows alum Mei Lum.

Four sets of mothers, daughters, and granddaughters on continuing the legacies of the Chinatown mom-and-pops that raised them.

Submit your applications to UK Creative Community Fellows by Sunday, 16 May at 11:59pm! Starting this summer, you'll lea...
05/14/2021

Submit your applications to UK Creative Community Fellows by Sunday, 16 May at 11:59pm!

Starting this summer, you'll learn new tools and frameworks from industry experts and experienced leaders while building meaningful connections and a community of practice with your cohort. Apply this weekend and take your arts and culture project to the next level!

Learn more at: http://www.ukcreativecommunityfellows.com/

Submit your applications to UK Creative Community Fellows by Sunday, 16 May at 11:59pm!

Starting this summer, you'll learn new tools and frameworks from industry experts and experienced leaders while building meaningful connections and a community of practice with your cohort. Apply this weekend and take your arts and culture project to the next level!

Learn more at: http://www.ukcreativecommunityfellows.com/

Meet Fay Darmawi, an alum of Creative Community Fellows and the founder and executive producer of the SF Urban Film Fest...
05/11/2021
Alumni Spotlight: Fay Darmawi » NAS

Meet Fay Darmawi, an alum of Creative Community Fellows and the founder and executive producer of the SF Urban Film Fest! We recently spoke with her about how her organization has adjusted to the pandemic, fundraising, burnout, and how small arts organizations are integral to structural change.

Fay Darmawi is the founder and executive producer of the SF Urban Film Fest and…

We're so excited for Creative Community Fellows: New England alum Melanie Faranello, whose Poetry Bus is now running rou...
05/04/2021
Hartford's 'Poetry Bus': A Moving Piece Of Public Art

We're so excited for Creative Community Fellows: New England alum Melanie Faranello, whose Poetry Bus is now running routes around Hartford, Connecticut, featuring excerpts of poems written by local students!

https://www.wnpr.org/post/hartfords-poetry-bus-moving-piece-public-art

Poetry by young Hartford-area writers is reaching a wider readership -- on a CTtransit Bus. The “Poetry Bus” will inspire riders for the next few weeks

As workplaces prepare to reopen amid COVID there are many understandable questions and concerns. Our friends at Fracture...
04/20/2021
Ethical Re-Opening Summit | Hopin

As workplaces prepare to reopen amid COVID there are many understandable questions and concerns. Our friends at Fractured Atlas are co-hosting the Ethical Re-Opening Summit on April 27, focusing on what we've collectively learned this past year, and how we can use our new knowledge, skills, and habits to inform a way of working and being that doesn't currently exist for many. https://hopin.com/events/wss-summit

Get tickets to Ethical Re-Opening Summit, taking place 04/27/2021. Hopin is your source for engaging events and experiences.

Learn more about the opportunity to take your arts and culture project to the next level at our UK Creative Community Fe...
04/19/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: UK Creative Community Fellows Information Session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Learn more about the opportunity to take your arts and culture project to the next level at our UK Creative Community Fellows webinar on 27 April at 7:00pm BST. In one hour we'll walk through your programme journey, application process, and answer any of your questions during a Q&A!

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RrHLfXwwRU6S7xdIOHgEjg

Join us Tuesday, 27 April at 7:00 pm to learn more about UK Creative Community Fellows and the exciting opportunity to advance the work you're doing in your community while connecting with other creative trailblazers across the UK. You'll walk through a brief overview of the program and application....

Applications are now open for the next cohort of UK Creative Community Fellows! Kicking off in July, this is an exciting...
04/01/2021
UK Creative Community Fellows | Derby Museums

Applications are now open for the next cohort of UK Creative Community Fellows! Kicking off in July, this is an exciting opportunity for cultural trailblazers around the UK to explore new tools and frameworks in a community of practice, holding each other accountable while collaborating to test, adapt, and take their work to the next level.

Learn more and sign up for our webinar on 15 April at http://derbymuseums.org/learn/uk-creative-community-fellows/

Presented with Derby Museums, participation in UK Creative Community Fellows is underwritten thanks to support from Arts Council England and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - UK Branch!

UK Creative Community Fellows is an online and in-person learning experience from July – December 2021 which brings together artists, community organisers, administrators and entrepreneurs from aro...

Congratulations to Geraldine Ambe and Megan Laudenschlager on being honored at the North Dakota Women's Business Center'...
03/08/2021
ND Women's Business Center — Leading Ladies Luncheon

Congratulations to Geraldine Ambe and Megan Laudenschlager on being honored at the North Dakota Women's Business Center's 2021 Leading Ladies Luncheon in Bismarck later this month! Geraldine is an alumni of North Dakota Change Network and Megan is a member of the Change Network program team! Follow the link to learn more about the incredible impact these women make in their communities!

https://www.ndwbc.com/leading-ladies-luncheon

As women, we lead busy lives with in our families, careers, and communities. NDWBC knows the achievements of women can be forgotten in the day-to-day hustle, which is why each March (Women’s History Month), we honor and celebrate five distinguished women who are making an impact in the history of ...

Join Art Meets Activism: John Lewis, C.T. Vivian, and The Baptism this Sunday, March 7, commemorating the 56th anniversa...
03/05/2021
Art Meets Activism: John Lewis, C.T. Vivian and The Baptism

Join Art Meets Activism: John Lewis, C.T. Vivian, and The Baptism this Sunday, March 7, commemorating the 56th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement’s "Bloody Sunday." The event features a screening of "The Baptism," a poignant 11-minute tribute to the late John Lewis and C.T. Vivian and their collective spirit for change, followed by a panel discussion of distinguished scholars, activists and artists, followed by a Q and A.

This event is presented by Emory University, Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection at Morehouse College in partnership with Lincoln Center.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-meets-activism-john-lewis-ct-vivian-and-the-baptism-tickets-140367989435

A special event commemorating the 56th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement’s Bloody Sunday.

Today is the deadline to apply for the 2021 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy! This past year was a trying ti...
01/31/2021
Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy

Today is the deadline to apply for the 2021 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy!

This past year was a trying time for our sector. Invest in your professional development and join a cohort of driven leaders working to take the next step in their arts and culture careers. Over six months you'll gain actionable skills and build meaningful connections in a flexible online curriculum, live online learning sessions, and an in-person convening and graduation this summer in Philadelphia.

Designed in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice, you'll earn an Ivy League certificate at a uniquely affordable price and become equipped to lead more effectively in your organization and beyond.

https://www.artstrategies.org/programs/executive-program-in-arts-culture-strategy/

Gain an Ivy League certificate and top-tier tools to advance your career in the arts through NAS's partnership with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Today the United States celebrates the life, legacy, and values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On this national day of se...
01/18/2021

Today the United States celebrates the life, legacy, and values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On this national day of service, we are encouraged to continue creating positive change in our communities and working to realize Dr. King's dream of an equitable society. #MLKDay

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

01/05/2021

The NAS Team hopes you had a calming and rejuvenating holiday season and wonderful start to your 2021! Here's to continuing all of our efforts to building a more inclusive and equitable world through the power of arts and culture!

Want to learn more about the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy? Join us for a webinar today, November 23 at 1...
11/23/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Informational Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Want to learn more about the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy? Join us for a webinar today, November 23 at 1:00pm ET, and walk through your six month journey to an Ivy League certificate from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U59IimshQV-H1KYOzUpkig

Join Program Manager, Royce Hodnett and Program Coordinator, Khadijah Wilson as they give you an overview of the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. Including information on costs, curriculum, scholarships and more!

Applications to the 2021 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy are now open! Take the next step in building your ...
11/20/2020
Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy

Applications to the 2021 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy are now open! Take the next step in building your dream career, learning valuable skills in strategy, fundraising, financial management, governance, marketing, and more while earning an Ivy League certificate through the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice.

Advance through our online courses on your own time and around your busy schedule, engage with faculty and peers during live digital sessions, and build meaningful connections with your cohort at your graduation in August 2021 for an in-person convening at the University of Pennsylvania.

Apply through January 31, 2021 or submit before the November 29, 2020 early admission deadline to be considered for a limited scholarship.

Learn more at https://www.artstrategies.org/programs/executive-program-in-arts-culture-strategy/

Gain an Ivy League certificate and top-tier tools to advance your career in the arts through NAS's partnership with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Meet C. Lorenzo “goLo” Evans III, a DC-area dancer/choreographer and teaching fellow in NAS' Executive Program in Arts &...
10/20/2020
Blog: Choreographer Turned Arts Administrator C. Lorenzo Evans III Talks Dance and Pivoting as an Artist During COVID-19 | Montgomery Community Media

Meet C. Lorenzo “goLo” Evans III, a DC-area dancer/choreographer and teaching fellow in NAS' Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy! Evans recently sat with Montgomery Community Media to share his artist journey and the challenges COVID-19 creates in engaging with audiences/patrons virtually.

https://www.mymcmedia.org/blog-choreographer-turned-arts-administrator-c-lorenzo-evans-iii-talks-dance-and-pivoting-as-an-artist-during-covid-19

In this Q & A with Evans, he talks about his artist journey and shares how he is honored to partner with his Washington Performing Arts colleagues and the local arts community to bring Mars Arts DC Virtual to life in 2020.

Today NAS recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day and is proud to stand beside our Native American brothers and sisters in ce...
10/12/2020
NativeLand.ca

Today NAS recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day and is proud to stand beside our Native American brothers and sisters in celebrating their language, culture, and heritage. Learn more about honoring the Native land where you live and work at https://native-land.ca/ and follow the #IndigenousPeoplesDay hashtag on social media to aid in raising awareness. Only through lifting Native voices can we expose the historical injustices they have suffered and work to dismantle the imperial legacy of Christopher Columbus.

Welcome to Native Land. This is a resource for North Americans (and others) to find out more about local Indigenous territories and languages.

10/02/2020

We're excited to share that Arts Midwest, in its commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and access throughout their programs, strategies, and operations, have adopted the Racial Equity Principles!

Discover the principles, created by a global group of leaders from NAS' Chief Executive Program, at https://www.artstrategies.org/about-us/racial-equity-principles/

https://www.artsmidwest.org/news/2020/09-22/arts-midwest-adopts-national-arts-strategies-racial-equity-principles

South Dakota Change Network proudly introduces the 18 incredible change makers selected to its 2020-2021 cohort! Click t...
09/09/2020
18 Change Makers Selected to South Dakota Change Network » NAS

South Dakota Change Network proudly introduces the 18 incredible change makers selected to its 2020-2021 cohort! Click to learn more about these inspiring leaders, who come from around the state and the Native nations it shares geography with. Each one is driven to create equitable and inclusive change in their organizations and communities and we can't wait to see their projects unfold.

https://www.artstrategies.org/news/18-change-makers-selected-to-south-dakota-change-network/ SDSU Extension The Bush Foundation

Martin, SD – SDSU Extension is excited to announce the 2020-2021 cohort of South Dakota…

We've very excited to announce the 19 leaders joining the 2020-2021 North Dakota Change Network! Selected from throughou...
09/03/2020
North Dakota Change Network Selects 19 to Newest Cohort » NAS

We've very excited to announce the 19 leaders joining the 2020-2021 North Dakota Change Network! Selected from throughout the state and the Native nations it shares geography with, these change makers are passionate about making a difference in the places they live and work. Congratulations!

https://www.artstrategies.org/news/north-dakota-change-network-selects-19-to-newest-cohort/ Strengthen ND The Bush Foundation

Minot, ND – Strengthen ND is excited to announce the 2020-2021 cohort of North Dakota…

08/28/2020
Studying Large-Scale Social Movements

What can we learn from the disruptions of social movements? Nora Silver, professor at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, discusses types of large-scale social change and shares the conditions that must be met in order for it to succeed.

Congratulations to the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy's Class of 2020, who have just graduated from their ...
08/21/2020

Congratulations to the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy's Class of 2020, who have just graduated from their rigorous eight month deep dive into the skills and frameworks necessary to succeed in the arts and culture sector! These smiling professionals in the photo below have each earned an Ivy League certificate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice alongside tools and connections they will call on throughout their careers!

NAS and Derby Museums are so excited to announce the inaugural cohort of UK Creative Community Fellows!Find out more at ...
07/23/2020
25 Arts & Culture Entrepreneurs Selected for UK Creative Community Fellows » NAS

NAS and Derby Museums are so excited to announce the inaugural cohort of UK Creative Community Fellows!

Find out more at https://bit.ly/UKCCF-2020-Fellows-News and meet the 25 creative entrepreneurs embarking on this journey at https://bit.ly/UKCCF-2020-Fellows. #UKCCF

Arts Council England Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - UK Branch

Derby Museums and NAS are excited to announce the 2020 cohort of UK Creative Community…

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Looking forward to meeting the Change Network cohort in Bismarck on Sept. 19!
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I found this article to be rather disheartening, while -- sadly -- not terribly surprising. I am hoping that NAS, its alumni, staff and course faculty, will help lead the way in effecting change and working towards equity. Happy New Year to all!
Together, we’re building on the foundation of our mission, by not only providing a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan, but also providing services that will foster stability and resiliency and allow our community to thrive at all stages of their careers." [Joseph Benincasa, CEO of The Actors Fund] Full message here
Please join us in welcoming the first cohort of participants in the Change Network program! These North Dakota and South Dakota leaders are working to make their communities better for everyone. Learn more about their inspiring work —> ND: http://bit.ly/2kqcowP SD: http://bit.ly/2xv9MDx Change Network is made possible by the incredible partnership with Strengthen ND, SDSU Extension, Vision Maker Media and The Bush Foundation.