Appalachian Center for Craft “Educators’ Week” workshop program. In workshops listed as “Educators’ Week,” educators who enroll receive a 50% discount on the workshop and room fee for the week. The program is outlined below and in-depth on this webpage

During Educators Week, educators will receive hands-on training in selecting and preparing materials for class, appropriate and safe use of tools and equipment, lesson plans, project ideas and instruction, troubleshooting advice, introduction and alignment to new art curriculum standards, introduction to grant applications and kits of materials and tools to take back to the classroom. Though anyone may enroll in these workshops, we offer a 50% discount on the registration fee for workshops labeled “Educators’ Week” to 6th-12th grade educators (room and board cannot be discounted). Please direct questions to Gail Gentry at Three workshops are offered in the Educators’ Week category and include: Ceramics 101 with Jessica Wilson, Making Paper in the Classroom with Claudia Lee, and Introduction to Metalsmithing with Anne Bujold. Proof of employment at a public or private educational institution is required at check-in.

National Arts Strategies is accepting applications for its Chief Executive Program, an invigorating ten-month course exploring leadership, bias and the most pressing issues cultural organizations face today.

Beginning in the fall of 2019 and running through the spring of 2020, this international group of arts and culture leaders will learn cutting-edge tools from faculty at Harvard Business School and other leading universities as they explore bias, leadership and change. In-person convenings in Boston and the Sundance Resort and a robust online learning environment will see participants collaborate and build meaningful relationships they will call on for the rest of their careers.

And thanks to subsidized pricing from generous funders, the cost for this $20,000+ value is to pay what you can. Our world is becoming more interconnected, but many leaders still feel isolated and under-supported in their roles. The Chief Executive Program is an extraordinary opportunity to learn, expand your network and thrive. Apply by April 18!

Be part of the 2019 Alliance of Artists Communities Conference in St. Paul, MN, October 28–31! The AAC annual conference is the largest summit for the artist residency field, bringing together 400+ arts leaders, community organizers, funders, policymakers, educators, and cross-sector partners from around the world. Call for Content is open through April 5th. All are welcome to propose sessions, talks, tours + workshops! #ResidenciesConnect

Registration for the 2019 Performing Arts Exchange (September 23-26 in Orlando) is just around the corner. Plan to register quickly to lock in the best prices of the year!

2019 Leaders of Color Forum

Learning Retreat for Arts and Culture Leaders of Color

Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the launch of the Leaders of Color Forum (LOCForum). As part of the newly developed 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 3-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 26-29, 2019 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 20 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 statement of interest at, including 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 Ruby Lopez Harper at

Important dates:

  • Deadline to complete application: April 22, 2019
  • Notifications of status sent: May 1, 2019
  • Deadline to confirm participation/pay deposit ($500): May 30, 2019
  • 2nd installment due ($500): June 30, 2019
  • Final payment ($500) or payment in full ($1,000): July 30, 2019
  • Arrive at Leaders of Color Forum: 12pm on Monday, Aug 26
  • Depart Leaders of Color Forum: no earlier than 3pm on Thursday, Aug 29

Accelerator for Creative Business

FREE Preview Class: Email and Digital Marketing Strategies

Having trouble gaining and maintaining digital engagement for your arts project, creative business, or arts non-profit? Just getting started and don’t know the first thing about how to reach your audience via email and social media? 

Join us on SATURDAY APRIL 27th at 2 PM (CST) for a FREEclass led by Wangene Hall, an expert in digital marketing strategies for global brands, including SXSW and Beats by Dr. Dre. You’ll learn how to 

Create compelling subject lines that capture your readers’ attention

Meaningfully engage with your subscribers

Gain attention that results in product, event, and ticket sales


All classes are held at ArtUp located downtown in the South Main Artspace Lofts.

Want to participate virtually? Email to receive a personalized link to the session!

138 Saint Paul Avenue Suite 112
Memphis, TN 38126 MAP
Street parking is available
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