Local Arts Classroom designed for emerging arts leaders
Americans for the Arts is accepting applications for its popular Local Arts Classroom, a virtual leadership development series. LAC provides opportunities for emerging local arts leaders to master concepts and build skills through exposure to core areas of local arts development. The program serves arts professionals with less than 10 years of experience in the arts field, including current undergraduate or graduate students, and those who are transitioning into the field from another sector. The next Local Arts Classroom runs January–May 2013. The application deadline is Nov. 16.
George Patrick McLeer Jr., executive director of the Mauldin Cultural Center, participated in the 2012 class. “Over the course of four months I hopped on the phone almost every Wednesday with 50 fellow emerging arts leaders from around the country. The webinars, hosted by experts in various fields, were phenomenal and covered everything from fundraising to advocacy. The information, ideas and new materials we learned about and discussed helped me strengthen my skills as an arts manager and opened my eyes to new aspects of the field.
“But the learning experience didn’t stop there. Through a very active Twitter “co-conversation,” I was able to connect with LAC colleagues on a more personal level. Even today, a handful of us email each other or talk on Twitter about trends or new information. And whenever a national conference rolls around, you can bet there is a small group of LAC grads meeting face-to-face for the first time.”