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NeXt is a nationally recognized program dedicated to preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the arts community. Participants will embark on an immersive, 10-month journey experiencing all aspects of cultural engagement.

Applications for the 2019 NeXt class are currently closed.

 

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Throughout the program, NeXt Ambassadors will network with high profile community leaders, take on rewarding arts-focused projects that have a real impact on arts organizations, enjoy world-class art events, learn where their talents are most needed, and become a defining voice in the future of the arts. NeXt projects will span an array of areas, but will most often fall into the categories of: collaborative initiatives, audience development, event management, program implementation, business operations, marketing and communications, and philanthropy.

The 2019 NeXt Class will meet every third Thursday of each month beginning in September 2018 until graduation in June 2019.

Tuition for the program is $500; a limited number of scholarships are available and granted based on need.

Applications will open Monday, May 7 and close June 29. Applicants will be informed of their application status in July.

If you have scholarship requests or any other questions, please reach out to Morgan Eklund at meklund@fundforthearts.org

Program Calendar

September 20, 2018

The Fund for the Arts: An Introduction

October 18, 2018

Arts 101

November 15, 2018

Economics of the Arts

December 20, 2018

Arts in Education

January 17, 2019

Board Membership

February 21, 2019

Impact of the Arts

March 21, 2019

Fundraising

April 18, 2019

Cultural Planning

May 16, 2019

Carving Your Own Path

June 20, 2019

Project Presentations and Program Conclusion

The Project

NeXt believes that arts bring color and passion to our lives. That working hard and taking on big challenges can be fun and rewarding. And that world-class arts and culture organizations throughout the region contribute substantially to our quality of place and growing economy.

501c3’s from across the region will be offered the opportunity to ask for help and NeXt Ambassadors will be there to answer that call. Projects will span an array of areas, but will most often fall into the categories of: collaborative initiatives, audience development, event management, program implementation, business operations, marketing and communications, and philanthropy.

The NeXt program is not a project competition. Young professionals and Arts organizations alike desire the same interaction with one another – a hands-on experience. NeXt seeks to engage these talented emerging leaders in service of the Arts and create ambassadors for life!

Submit Your Project Now

Project Parameters:

Organizations must be a 501c3

Submissions due by June 29, 2018

10 month or less completion time table

Be an Arts or Cultural related project

Require hands on team engagement

NeXt Class of 2019

NeXtGen Board

Jacqueline Brill, President

Stephanie Sturgeon, Immediate Past President

Tara McGuire, Secretary

Monique McFarland, NeXt Support and Recruitment Committee Chair

Dillon Miles, Alumni and Community Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Andrea Strange, Alumni and Community Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Kaet Barron

Matthew Brier

Theresa Butler

Joy Collins

Annie Dutton

Liam Felsen

Lindsey Gumer

Katie Hurt

Brad Keeton

Shelby Lockhart

Adam Price

Joe Schmidt

Luke Stepusin

Candace Weber