Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship
The Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship is a six-city, two-year pilot project to develop a fellowship particularly for late-stage emerging and early-stage mid-career leaders of color. Underwritten by the Joyce Foundation, with additional support from American Express, this program is focused on six cities in the Great Lakes region and looks to develop next-generation leadership and community development skills in the fellows while also positively impacting the environment in which those fellows will do their work, including their peers, mentors, and managers. 

Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Forum
Modeled in part on Americans for the Arts’ successful Executive Leadership Forum program, this new initiative, launched in 2019, is designed for leaders of color across the career spectrum. Learn more here.

Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Network
Launched in 2018, the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Network provides Americans for the Arts members who identify as leaders of color with a community of shared learning and practice. It incorporates an advisory committee as well as a dedicated listserv. Please email to be included on the listerv.

Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Program
Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL), administered by Americans for the Arts and national partners, matches undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and business mentors, to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer. In 2019, the nationwide, competitive selection process grants 24 full-time, paid, ten-week-long internships in Des Moines, New Jersey, or New York City.

Diversity in Arts Leadership Labs
The Diversity in Arts Leadership Labs (The DIAL Labs) invests in emerging and mid-career leaders navigating within the nonprofit arts sector. Participants will attend virtual professional development sessions led by senior-level arts administrators on a topics related to cultural equity and leadership.

Live, Regional Trainings and Speeches
Americans for the Arts staff, particularly Vice President of Local Arts Advancement Clay Lord, Director of Local Arts Services Ruby Lopez Harper, and Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager Nikki Kirk, are available to talk with boards, commissions, staffs, or community members about the steps Americans for the Arts took and continues to take, and about best practices and trends in the pursuit of cultural equity. While there is generally an honorarium, as well as transportation and housing costs, requested for such engagements, we attempt to make cost as minimal a barrier as possible for agencies that have severe resource limitations. For more information, please email Ruby Lopez Harper at