Ballet Austin’s Stephen Mills Chosen to Participate in The Chief Executive Program of National Arts Strategies

Ballet Austin’s Stephen Mills Chosen to Participate in The Chief Executive Program of National Arts Strategies

Harnessing the power of connection, National Arts Strategies announced this month the selection of 50 exceptional leaders of The Chief Executive Program. Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director Stephen Mills was chosen, along with other outstanding thinkers and cultural leaders from around the world, to explore new ways to tackle the most complex and critical challenges facing the field.

By the end of the program, these 50 leaders will have the ideas, tools and connections to effect change in their own organizations and to work collectively to strengthen the cultural field.

The NAS Chief Executive Program is built around learning cycles of exploration, reflection, application and sharing. Beginning in September 2013 and continuing through 2014, the program includes three in-person educational events at Harvard Business School, at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and at Sundance, Utah, as well as a variety of “at-work” activities designed to help leaders move forward on their own unique objectives and goals. These events and activities are designed to give participants a deeper understanding of the strategic challenges they face, a firm grasp of change leadership and the ability to translate their visions for the future into reality.

NAS will not only provide these executives with opportunities for learning, innovation and collaboration, but will also publicly highlight their work in an effort to raise the level of discussion on the critical issues facing the cultural sector. Ideas generated during the program will be shared via the NAS blog, Field Notes, through video interviews and case stories, in NAS newsletters and at industry conferences and events.

Participants in The Chief Executive Program were selected following a highly competitive recruitment process to identify 50 of the top executive cultural leaders from around the world with an aptitude to tackle the intractable issues presented by the curriculum. The leaders chosen to participate in The Chief Executive Program were selected from a wide range of cultural forms, locations, perspectives and experience levels.  These executives have proven themselves to be effective, innovative, collaborative and open-minded, and were chosen from a pool of over 250 open applications and nominations from industry stakeholders.



As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, a commitment to creating access to programs and one of the nation’s largest classical ballet academies, the organization is poised for an even greater future. From their home at the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and Artistic Director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike. The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin “a company with big ambitions” originating work that is “absorbing.”

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