Atlanta — Aug 26, 2019
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is seeking applicants for the 2020 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) leadership program. ALMA provides an opportunity for anyone who is passionate about arts and culture in their community and is seeking engagement with other local leaders to work on the challenges and opportunities facing the Atlanta region.
Now in its 16th year, ALMA annually connects 50 arts and culture leaders from around the region, providing a forum for sharing arts advocacy and the practical application of arts in leadership. The program kicks off with a reception in January and continues with five monthly one-day sessions from January through May.
“ALMA opens up opportunities for artists, arts professionals, and leaders from all sectors from across the Atlanta region,” said Josh Phillipson, Principal of Arts, Culture, and Creative Placemaking at ARC. “This is a space to share resources and have candid conversations about the integral role arts and culture plays in creating a thriving, inclusive, economically healthy region.”
This year, ALMA participants will hear from top arts and civic leaders, create connections with classmates and ALMA alumni, and take part in embedded workshops on creative placemaking and leadership development. The 2020 class also will have an opportunity to influence the implementation of the Atlanta region’s first Arts, Culture, and Creative Placemaking Strategic Implementation Plan.
Past ALMA participants have included elected officials, nonprofit directors, teachers, artists and curators.
Applications are due Oct. 18, 2019. The cost is $700 for employees or owners of private sector businesses and employees of government agencies or schools, and $350 for employees of nonprofits as well as for self-employed artists.
Participants for this competitive process will be chosen in November by the ALMA Steering Committee, comprised of ARC staff and selected ALMA alumni.
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 73 other cities. The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.
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