cultivating and connecting emerging artist leaders

held in collaboration with 15+ community partner organizations


ACI’s developed core curriculum training framework includes: entrepreneurship, artistic cultivation, cultural competence, monitoring and evaluation, leadership and learning diagnostics, and arts education. We partner with local organizations and thought leaders in Boston to deliver potent and relevant training for the artists that target a cross-disciplinary approach to arts leadership. Examples of this include a “dolphin tank” with ZappRx’s CEO Zoe Barry to practice public narratives, “speed dating” with marketing specialists at Constant Contact, “Visual Thinking Strategies” at the MIT List Visual Arts Center with Courtney Klemons, and more. Prior to each training we do an extensive needs assessment to best suit our artist leaders’ motivations and needs for learning. ACI’s 2015 artist training institute included our Artist-in-Residence, Stephen Hamilton, and our Rising Artists, Alia Ali, Andre Mestre, and Best Young, and our first Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Obinna Echendu.