Project Description

Leadership Academy

Arts Ed Collaborative’s flagship cohort-based program.

Teaching artist Dameta Skinner helps a Leadership Academy participant use an airbrush and stencil.

Learn. Lead. Make change.

The first Leadership Academy class graduated in 2003. Since then, over 150 educators have participated in the program.

Leadership Academy gives educators a chance to try new artforms, make connections, and develop a structured action plan to strengthen arts education. In 2019, Arts Ed Collaborative worked with teaching artists Celeta Hickman, IAsia Thomas, Dameta Skinner, and Shabaka Perkins to infuse the program with culturally responsive arts education practices. Participants in the 2019–2020 cohort are not only crafting action plans, but also learning how to build equity and racial justice into arts ed within their schools and organizations.

2018 Highlights

2018 featured one of our youngest and most diverse cohorts ever. The summer intensive and final session took place at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, while other sessions were held at venues like the Union Project. Participants represented places such as Propel Schools, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

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Educators graduated
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Act 48 hours awarded
  • Meet arts and culture professionals and teaching colleagues from across the region

  • Bring a leadership initiative to life in your district or organization

  • Earn up to 90 Act 48 credits

  • Rejuvenate your career in arts ed

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