Fund for the Arts’ NeXt! Ambassador Program


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.

Apply by Friday, July 2, 2021 to be a NeXt! Ambassador!

Throughout the program, NeXt! Ambassadors network with high profile community leaders, experience professional development programming focused on volunteer leadership, 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.

Participants are all up-and-coming community leaders, typically in their 20s to 40s, from a diverse range of backgrounds and professions, with a passion and interest in the arts.

One of the highlights of the NeXt! program is to partner with selected local nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on arts and culture, through hands-on teamwork and consultation. NeXt! project consultations span an array of areas but will most often fall into the categories of: collaborative initiatives, audience development, program implementation, business operations, marketing, and communications, and philanthropy. NeXt! ambassadors will experience the inner-workings of nonprofit organizations and use their skills to help advance local organizations’ needs.

Nonprofits can now apply for the NeXt! Consulting Project. Click here to learn more and apply.

NeXt Ambassador Program Overview

Time Commitment:

  • Participate in monthly program days, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, every third Thursday of the month between September 2021 – June 2022
  • Networking happy hours are offered after each monthly program day from 5:00-6:00PM
  • Additional time outside of program days to be spent on nonprofit consultation projects


  • Meeting in-person for program days will be a priority, however, if needed, program days will be held virtually

Program Fee:

  • $600 for the 10-month program experience
  • If accepted, Fund for the Arts will follow up with an invoice via email

Application Deadline & Acceptance

  • Deadline to apply: Friday, July 2, 2021
  • Acceptances issued: Week of July 26, 2021


Contact the Fund for the Arts Community Impact Team at