Project Description

Leadership Academy

Arts Ed Collaborative’s flagship cohort-based program.

Applications for the spring 2021 cohort of Leadership Academy open March 15, 2021!

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 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.

2019 Highlights

2019 was our first year using our new curriculum. The summer intensive took place at TransformED and Community Forge, while other sessions were held at venues like Center of Life. Participants represented places such as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, West Allegheny School District, and Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Due to COVID-19, the final sessions were held virtually on Zoom.

Educators graduated
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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