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Leadership Arts 2018-2019

In September 2018, CBCA welcomed the Leadership Arts 2018-2019 cohort, a diverse mix of business and arts professionals who are eager to increase their civic engagement, volunteer leadership skills and arts support.

Meet the 2018-2019 Leadership Arts cohort

Check out the full schedule of Leadership Arts 2018-2019 sessions and happy hours


Participate in Leadership Arts

For over 20 years, CBCA has built a pipeline of leaders in the arts through Leadership Arts. This unique nine-month program equips and inspires professionals to be effective nonprofit board members and arts advocates. It is the only program of its kind in the region focused on arts & culture.

Make an Impact

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

Network and Engage

The cohort comprises 50 participants from diverse personal and professional backgrounds. They range in industry sector, career level, and experience, but all share an interest in the arts and civic engagement.

There are more than 800 Leadership Arts graduates, many of whom continue to serve in leadership positions ranging from governing boards to working committees with local cultural organizations. Participation automatically enrolls you in the Leadership Arts Alumni Network (LAAN), which hosts regular social gatherings, arts experiences and ongoing board education.

What to Expect

Monthly half-day sessions are held from September 2018 through May 2019. Each session includes a networking brown bag lunch, expert speakers, creative activities and an informal happy hour. Sessions cover relevant topics, such as governance, advocacy, fundraising, and current issues in the arts. Each session is hosted at a different cultural venue, from a ceramics classroom to a theatre or dance studio.


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

There is a $30 non-refundable application fee.

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 provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships to Leadership Arts participants.

Funds to support this scholarship have been raised through past and current Leadership Arts participants, as well as the CBCA Board of Directors and community members. The current Leadership Arts 2018-2019 cohort has set a goal of raising $3,000 to support the fund and future participants. You can donate to this fund directly at any time. Be sure to designate your gift to the Leadership Arts Scholarship Fund.

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. This scholarship is intended to recognize true leadership potential and a diversity of perspectives in advancing arts and culture.



What People Are Saying About Leadership Arts

  • “Leadership Arts taught me more about the arts community in Denver, prepared me to be a more effective arts advocate, and importantly gave me the confidence and skills to serve on a nonprofit board. I plan to join a nonprofit board from the Board Fair and remain engaged with CBCA as an alumna.” – Katie Blum, Development Associate, East West Partners


  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the structure of the Leadership Arts program and came out of it feeling much more prepared to take on a role on a nonprofit arts board. As a result, I’ve joined two boards and feel that I will be able to make a meaningful impact on both of these organizations. I look forward to engaging much more deeply into the Denver arts scene through these organizations.  Thanks again for offering such a great program to train us, but also connect us directly with such great organizations through the Board fair.” – Steve Birchfield, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, Summit Utilities


  • “Leadership Arts provided a thorough intro to board service, covering topics from bylaws to legal issues, fundraising, working with staff, crisis management, diversity, mission and so much more. Expert voices shared their experiences, challenges and victories to foster realistic expectations for my future board involvement.” – Erin Bird, Communications Manager, Denver Botanic Gardens

  • “As an artist and an attorney, I sometimes have a hard time finding the intersection between those worlds. It was a pleasure to participate in Leadership Arts because it created an intersection between those areas. I met so many professionals who were committed to contributing to the arts in Denver. How refreshing! Plus, now I’m confident that I can participate as a board member and contribute in a positive way. If I don’t know how to handle a situation, now I have a bunch of people to ask. What a great resource!” – Meg Gibson, Attorney, Majors Gibson


  • “This was an amazing program and opened up so many new organizations within the arts that I had no idea existed in Denver and the surrounding communities.  The lectures were educational and provided the tools to get started in a capacity as a volunteer or board member.” – Cathy Parks, Nurse Case Manager, Pinnacol Assurance


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