Training Future Cultural Leaders

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Strong board members build strong cultural organizations – that’s why since 2005 the Arts & Science Council has been working to train leaders for Charlotte’s cultural community through the Cultural Leadership Training program.

The nine month, nine session program is designed to help develop emerging leaders into productive volunteers and board candidates for cultural organizations across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. In addition to experiencing the various arts, science and history facilities in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, participants learn financial and legal obligations of board membership, fundraising, advocacy and board and staff relations, among other things. At the end of the program, graduates are placed on a board either as an apprentice or a full-term board member. More than 150 members have graduated from the program and served in the cultural community.

This year’s program, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein LLP, has 31 participants from a wide array of public and private sector organizations.

So far this year the class has participated in a cultural scavenger hunt through Uptown, visited the Mint Museum Uptown and Levine Museum of the New South, joined together in a sing along with the organist at St. Peters, and learned about fundraising and financial and legal obligations of board membership.


With five weeks remaining of their nine week journey, the 31 participants still have much to experience including the “Speed Dating with Cultural Organizations” session in January that will determine on which board they will serve.

Stay tuned to hear about all the goings on of the Cultural Leadership Training program.

To find out more about the Cultural Leadership Training program and how you can be involved in next year’s class click here.