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Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce this year’s Executive Leaders Forum (ELF). ELF will provide a transformative and intensive leadership development experience for individuals in the arts and culture field that builds leadership confidence, teaches new strategies to advance your work, and unearths creativity.

What is it? A 2½ day retreat style professional development opportunity that includes peer exchange, leadership skill development, and artmaking. It is also an opportunity to share your work, successes, and challenges and make new connections with potential collaborators.

Who is this for? Executive and Senior arts agency leaders looking for intellectually demanding, creative, and open-ended learning. These individuals hold positions that lead strategy for the organization, steward key relationships in the community. Attendees will examine current issues and uncover future pathways, solutions and actions through facilitated conversations with peers.

Why? ELF is an opportunity to change the scenery, change the schedule, and get real. Experience a supportive space to think out loud with peers who understand the challenges and barriers. This retreat-style experience will take leaders out of their routine and create a nurturing and exploratory space in which to examine new ways of thinking.

When and where is this? October 5-7, 2020 at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, just outside of Daytona.

Cost: $2,000 includes lodging (3 nights), travel to/from airport, meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 3 dinner), programming, and planned activities including excursions.

There are up to 17 available spaces for ELF. Because of the level of interest in previous programs, we have implemented a submission process to ensure access—interested participants are asked to submit a 300-word statement on why you wish to attend the Forum. AFTA Members will receive priority placement up to 2/3 capacity. 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Important dates:

  • Deadline to complete application: April 24, 2020
  • Notifications of status sent: May 8, 2020
  • Deadline to confirm participation/pay deposit ($500): June 15, 2020
  • Final payment due ($1,500): July 15, 2020
  • Arrive at Executive Leaders Forum: no later than 3p on Sunday, October 4
  • Depart Executive Leaders Forum: no earlier than 3pm on Wednesday, October 7