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Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the launch of the Leaders of Color Forum (LOCForum). As part of the newly developed Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network program, the LOCForum will provide a transformative and intensive leadership development experience for individuals in the arts and culture field that builds leadership confidence, teaches new strategies to advance your work, and unearths creativity.

What is it? A 3-day retreat style professional development opportunity that includes peer exchange, leadership skill development, and artmaking. It is also an opportunity to share your work, successes, and challenges and make new connections with potential collaborators.

Who is this for? Leaders of color who are manager level and above, working in the arts and culture field, looking for intellectually demanding, creative, and open-ended learning.

Why? The LOCForum is an opportunity to change the scenery, change the schedule, and get real. Experience a supportive space to think out loud with peers who understand the challenges and barriers.

When and where is this? August 26-29, 2019 at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, just outside of Daytona.

Cost: $1,500 includes lodging (3 nights), travel to/from airport, meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 3 dinner), programming, and planned activities including excursions.

There are up to 20 available spaces for the LOCForum. Because of the level of interest in previous programs, we have implemented a submission process to ensure access—interested participants are asked to submit a 300-word statement on why you wish to attend the LOCForum. AFTA Members will receive priority placement up to 2/3 capacity. If you have any questions, please email Ruby Lopez Harper at

Important dates:

  • Deadline to complete application: April 22, 2019
  • Notifications of status sent: May 1, 2019
  • Deadline to confirm participation/pay deposit ($500): May 30, 2019
  • Second installment due ($500): June 30, 2019
  • Final payment ($500) or payment in full ($1,000): July 30, 2019
  • Arrive at Leaders of Color Forum: 12pm on Monday, Aug 26
  • Depart Leaders of Color Forum: no earlier than 3pm on Thursday, Aug 29