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 2020–2021 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.