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Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce this year’s Leaders of Color Forum (LOCForum). As part of the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network program, the LOCForum 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? Leaders of color who are manager level and above, working in the arts and culture field, looking for intellectually demanding, creative, and open-ended learning.

Why? The LOCForum 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.

When and where is this? August 10-12, 2020 at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, just outside of Daytona.

Cost: $1,500 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 24 available spaces for the LOCForum. 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 LOCForum. 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 ($1,000): July 15, 2020
  • Arrival: 3pm on Sunday, August 9
  • Departure: no earlier than 3pm on Wednesday, August 12