Leadership for the arts - analysis

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Leadership Development for the Arts

There are some existing leadership development programs for arts-oriented organizations like museums, dance companies, and theaters. Some such programs that are specifically for art leaders are ALACI, Leadership development in the arts, CAELI, School for art leaders and ASC's Cultural leadership training. A brief overview of each is provided.

ALACI
"Arts leaders as cultural innovators" (ALACI), is a leadership program to empower change makers in the field of art. Through this 18-month program, participants learn more about their core strengths and attributes, cultural competency, active listening, collaborative working and authority sharing amongst other skills.
Individual class size is not available. The program has reached 500,000 art practitioners. In the United States and Canada, they have worked with 250 organizations and 2,500 leaders. ALACI has also invested $2,800,000 in their programs. There is no fee structure available for the programs, but it is mentioned that they receive funding and grants from different sources. Also, given the fact that they offer fellowships, it is assumed that the participants do not pay.

Leadership development in the arts is a program devised by Reconciled World. This is a religious association focusing on developing skills and leadership qualities for Christian artists. It is a residency program, that is combined with informal discipleship. Art skills are taught along with a "theology of calling." One residency is worth $3000. The cost of one student for one day at the residency is $30. It seems that the funding comes from donations. The market sizing is not available for this program.

CAELI
The "Community Arts Education Leadership Institute" (CAELI) offers a comprehensive eight-month long leadership course. 26 participants are selected through an application process. Participants are trained in decision-making and skills to influence behavior. They gain a better understanding of their strengths and weakness as well as plans for organizational growth. Tuition fees for members of the National guild are $2,695. For non-members, the fees are $3,095.

This nine-month course in North Carolina provides a deeper understanding of the cultural community through cultural programs, events, classroom sessions. The training is open only to those working or living in Mecklenburg County. The training fees are $900 for corporate professionals. A reduced fee of $650 is applicable for nonprofit professionals and full-time volunteers. Partial scholarships are also available based on need.

This program for art educators is designed by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Participants go through a selection process and are required to have at least five years of professional practice. They also need the support of an organization like a school or State government or NGO. Each class consists of 25 students. Fees for the program are $799 for NAEA members and $860 for non-members.

To conclude, five of the existing leadership programs for art professionals and organizations are ALACI, Leadership development in the arts, CAELI, School for art leaders and ASC's Cultural leadership training.


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