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NeXt is a nationally recognized program dedicated to preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the arts community. Participants will embark on an immersive, 10-month journey experiencing all aspects of cultural engagement.

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Throughout the program, NeXt Ambassadors will network with high profile community leaders, take on rewarding arts-focused projects that have a real impact on arts organizations, enjoy world-class art events, learn where their talents are most needed, and become a defining voice in the future of the arts. NeXt projects will span an array of areas, but will most often fall into the categories of: collaborative initiatives, audience development, event management, program implementation, business operations, marketing and communications, and philanthropy.

The 2018 NeXt Class will meet every third Thursday of each month beginning in September 2017 until graduation in June 2018.

Tuition for the program is $500; scholarships are available but limited and granted based on need. Applications will open Monday, May 8 and close June 30. Applicants will be informed of their application status in July.

If you have questions, please reach out to Sibel Solagan at ssolagan@fundforthearts.org.

Program Calendar

September 21, 2017

The Fund for the Arts: An Introduction

October 19, 2017

Arts 101

November 16, 2017

Economics of the Arts

December 21, 2017

Arts in Education

January 18, 2017

Board Membership

February 15, 2018

Impact of the Arts

March 15, 2018

Fundraising

April 19, 2018

Cultural Planning

May 17, 2018

Carving Your Own Path

June 21, 2018

Project Presentations and Program Conclusion

The Project

NeXt believes that arts bring color and passion to our lives. That working hard and taking on big challenges can be fun and rewarding. And that world-class arts and culture organizations throughout the region contribute substantially to our quality of place and growing economy.

501c3’s from across the region will be offered the opportunity to ask for help and NeXt Ambassadors will be there to answer that call. Projects will span an array of areas, but will most often fall into the categories of: collaborative initiatives, audience development, event management, program implementation, business operations, marketing and communications, and philanthropy.

The NeXt program is not a project competition. Young professionals and Arts organizations alike desire the same interaction with one another – a hands-on experience. NeXt seeks to engage these talented emerging leaders in service of the Arts and create ambassadors for life!

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Project Parameters:

Organizations must be a 501c3

Submissions due by June 30, 2017

10 month or less completion time table

Be an Arts or Cultural related project

Require hands on team engagement

Class of 2017

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