Leadership Arts is an innovative nine-month leadership training program that prepares people to serve on nonprofit Boards of Directors and increase their civic engagement in the arts. It is the only program of its kind in the region focused on arts & culture.

Why Leadership Arts?

Leadership Arts educates, inspires and equips professionals to be an effective community leaders and arts advocates.

  • Learn the ins and outs of nonprofit board service from experts in the field
  • Sharpen your leadership skills and build confidence
  • Network with professionals from a variety of industries with diverse backgrounds
  • Become a more engaged and effective arts advocate
  • Leverage your business skills to build nonprofit capacity
  • Make a difference in our cultural community

When is Leadership Arts?

Sessions are monthly from September, 2017 through May, 2018 for half a day (Noon – 5:00 pm). Each session is followed by a happy hour to continue the conversation. Check out the 2017-2018 schedule of sessions and post-class happy hours.

Where is Leadership Arts?

Each session is hosted at a different cultural venue, from a ceramics classroom or art gallery to a theater or dance studio. Visit some of the cultural gems in metro Denver!

Who is Leadership Arts?

The cohort has up to 55 qualified participants with various personal and professional backgrounds. Expert speakers l present on topics such as: governance, strategic planning, advocacy, governance, fundraising, legal issues and current topics in the arts.

Participation automatically enrolls you in the Leadership Arts Alumni Network (LAAN), which hosts regular social gatherings, networking with like-minded leaders and ongoing board education.

How much is Leadership Arts?

  • CBCA Members and their employees: $1,500 per person
  • 3+ employees of a CBCA Member company: $1,200 per person
  • Non-Members: $2,200 per person

Deborah Jordy Leadership Arts Scholarship

The Deborah Jordy Leadership Arts Scholarship is in honor of CBCA’s former executive director, Deborah Jordy, who served the organization for over 12 years. It was created by the CBCA Board of Directors in late 2016 and will be inaugurated for the Leadership Arts 2017-2018 class.

Leadership Arts is committed to ensuring that cultural nonprofits are led by diverse, effective and inspired Board members.  We also strive to build an inclusive community of arts advocates. The Deborah Jordy Leadership Arts Scholarship will provide full tuition coverage to one outstanding applicant.


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“CBCA Leadership Arts awakened my soul with an electricity that jump started my expressive side again.  It not only gave me a new and positive perspective about the Denver area community but offered me ample opportunities to give back.” - Carleen Church RN CCM, Pinnacol Assurance (Leadership Arts 2016)

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