Project Description

Leadership Academy

Arts Ed Collaborative’s flagship cohort-based program.

Applications for the spring 2021 cohort of Leadership Academy are NOW OPEN!
Apply today or contact us for more info. Applications are due May 7.

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 2020, we hosted our first all-virtual Leadership Academy. Our summer intensive featured guest artists Celeta Hickman, Shey Rivera Ríos, LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill, and Jasiri X. Participants in the 2020–2021 cohort are not only crafting action plans, but also learning how to build equity and racial justice into arts ed.

2020 Highlights

2020 was our first all-virtual Leadership Academy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants joined us via Zoom from places like the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Propel Schools, High Five Productions, and Neighborhood North: Museum of Play. We brought in guest experts throughout the year that represented organizations like Creative Generation and Sankofa Village for the Arts.

Arts Ed Collaborative made some changes to the format in response to participant feedback, such as moving to a four-day summer intensive and more evenly spaced school-year sessions, that will remain in place for the upcoming 2021 cohort.

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Continuing education 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 80 Act 48 credits

  • Learn, lead, and make change

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Drop us a line to find out how we can strengthen the arts together.

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