Leading Creatively: A Closer Look 2010

Leading Creatively: A Closer Look 2010

Mentors often play a vitally important role for leaders of nonprofit arts organizations trying to balance their own artistic pursuits with the discipline of management, a new collection of essays compiled by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture suggests. Leading Creatively: A Closer Look 2010 (122 pages, PDF) explores the career paths of artist-leaders, curators, artistic directors, and programmers and finds that their personal passions, vision, and values typically align closely with the values of the arts sector as a whole. Indeed, the dual pursuits of creating art and managing an arts organization may be more complementary than imagined. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the William and Flora Hewlett and Nathan Cummings foundations, the publication also discusses the importance of an organizational environment that embraces teaching and learning, succession planning, and peer networks, including the role of the NAMAC Leadership Institute in creating a network of lifelong learners and leaders in the arts.