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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.

If you are a nonprofit interested in submitting a project, Click Here.

If you are an individual interested in being a NeXt! Ambassador, read on:

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About

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 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.

NeXt classes meet once a month for 10 months, running from September through June. Tuition for the program is $600; a limited number of scholarships are available and granted based on need.

If you have scholarship requests or any other questions, please reach out to Nicole Humphrey at nhumphrey@fundforthearts.org

The Application

NeXt | Inspiring Arts Ambassadors for Life - Application 2019/2020

Form must be completed and submitted by Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Employment Information

  • 300 Characters (Approx. 50 words or less)
  • Education

  • Community Involvement

  • Additional Information

  • Please list any personal or professional relationships you have with arts organizations, programs, and the Fund for the Arts.
  • Please list any personal or professional awards or recognitions received.
  • Please answer the following questions regarding your interests in the Arts within the spaces provided.

    *Limit 600 characters per answer.
  • NeXt is open to people of all ages who identify as "emerging professional", but typically professionals age 20-50 succeed in this program.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png.
    Please attach a professional color headshot in .jpg format no larger than 1 megabyte. (You can also email your headshot separately to Morgan Eklund at meklund@fundforthearts.org.
  • By placing my name and the date here I certify that my answers are true and complete to the best of my knowledge.
    In order to have a worthwhile NeXt experience, attendance at program days is required. Only one absence, or equivalent hours, will be excused. Leaving for other obligations and coming back is typically not possible due to logistical challenges. Monthly NeXt meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month, September 2019 - June 2020.
    The NeXt Consulting Project is a mandatory part of the NeXt program, and it does carry a time commitment outside of the program days. Make sure you are fully aware of this part of the program before committing to be part of NeXt. For information about this component of NeXt, visit fundforthearts.com/next/

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!

Call for Projects

The project submission window is open now through July 15, 2019.

Click here to learn about the NeXt! Consulting Project

 

For questions, please contact nhumphrey@fundforthearts.org for more information.

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

Adam Price

Joe Schmidt

Luke Stepusin

Candace Weber