Arts Ed Leadership Academy

Arts Ed Collaborative’s flagship cohort-based program exploring culturally responsive practices, leadership, and action planning.

Take the next step in your leadership journey

Leadership Academy participants delve into culturally responsive practices and leadership skills, then apply their learning to create individual action plans.


This 10-month program kicks off with a five-day summer intensive at Carnegie Museum of Art with follow-up sessions throughout the school year. Sessions are co-facilitated by AEC staff and feature a variety of guest experts.

Program Dates

Summer Intensive:

July 22 – 26, 2024, 8:30am – 4pm at Carnegie Museum of Art

School Year Sessions:

  • September 19, 4 – 6pm | Zoom session
  • October 14, 8:30 – 4pm | in-person session
  • November 13, 4-6pm | Zoom session
  • December 3, 4 – 6pm | Zoom session
  • January 23, 8:30am – 4pm | in-person session
  • February 18, 4 – 6pm | Zoom session
  • March 20, 4 – 6pm | Zoom session
  • April 5, 10:00am – 4pm | in-person session

Program Benefits

  • Build a professional support system through connections made with participants and facilitators

  • Create welcoming and powerful learning spaces that celebrate diverse identities and cultures

  • Advance professionally by leveraging new learning and planning skills

  • Earn up to 70 Act 48 credits

Program Fee

Full-price registration is $975. Thanks to generous support from The Grable Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, we offer discounted registration on a sliding scale based on school districts’ percentage of students from low-income households and organization budget size. Independent educators who are paying for their own registration are invited to pay the lowest fee.

  • $975 – organizations with budgets at and above $1 million and school districts with less than 20% of students from low-income households
  • $850 – organizations with budgets from $750,000 – $999,999 and school districts with 20-39% of students from low-income households
  • $725 – organizations with budgets from $500,000 – $749,999 and school districts with 40-59% of students from low-income households
  • $650 – organizations with budgets less than $500,000 and school districts with greater than 60% of students from low-income households, or independent educators

Limited scholarships are available by request.

Highlights from 2023

Our 2023 enjoyed summer intensive sessions at Carnegie Museum of Art and Attack Theatre in addition to attending the ACTIVATE Arts Learning Conference at the August Wilson African American Culture Center. We’re proud to host educators from diverse backgrounds, identities, creative disciplines, and experiences. This dynamic group remained dedicated year-round to the program, bringing their full selves, sharing openly, and learning together. We’re excited to celebrate all they achieved this year and everything we know they will go on to accomplish!

Current Participants

Sydney Davis, Artist Talk Pittsburgh
Shakirah Stephens, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Kyle For, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Tina Esu, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Liz Foster-Shaner, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Ayana Sade, Yaya House Co.
Taylor Leeper, Carnegie Museum of Art
Devaughn Rodgers, BOOM Concepts
CC Calhoun, August Wilson African American Culture Center
Lacey Murray, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

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