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Leadership Arts is an innovative nine-month leadership training program that prepares people to serve on nonprofit Boards of Directors and increase civic engagement. Leadership Arts educates, inspires and equips professionals from all sectors to be effective community leaders. It is the only program of its kind in the region focused on arts & culture.

Applications for Leadership Arts 2016-2017 will be available in early June.  Please check back for more information.

“Leadership Arts was one of the most valuable professional development programs I’ve ever been involved in. Every session was engaging, informative and thought-provoking, and connected me to Colorado’s cultural organizations in a very meaningful way. The class has been important to me personally and professionally. I’m so excited about new ways to contribute to my community!” – Erica Stull, corporate communications executive and Stories on Stage board member

   Lisa Gedgaudas   


Are You…
  • seeking ways to contribute to your community and to make a difference?
  • interested in learning more about arts and culture?
  • ready to utilize your business skills in a nonprofit leadership capacity?
  • looking for stimulating professional development opportunities for your employees?
  • an emerging leader who would like to hone your leadership skills and increase your confidence?
  • continuously engaging with other people in support of your business goals?
  • committed to philanthropy?

Does Your Company/Business…

  • provide stimulating professional leadership development opportunities?
  • support employee volunteerism?
  • want to increase community visibility?
  • value creative thinking and innovation in the workplace?
  • have a commitment to philanthropy?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then CBCA invites you to participate in Leadership Arts!

The program meets monthly from September through May. Sessions are typically on the second Wednesday of the month from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Topics include strategic planning, advocacy, governance, fundraising, legal issues and current issues in the arts.  Each session is hosted at a different cultural venue. Guest speakers are subject matter experts, arts leaders and business professionals. The final Leadership Arts session each year is our Board Fair, attended by over 40 cultural nonprofits from across the metro area with opportunities for board service and volunteerism.

“Through my experience in the CBCA Leadership program, I developed a deeper appreciation of the art community in Denver and found new avenues to offer my time and experience to those local organizations I wish to support and be a part of. The program has given me the knowledge and skills to be an integral part of the non-profit leadership and help drive membership, operations, strategic planning, and stewardship…I have created new friendships and connections through the networking opportunities and gained invaluable skills that I will take with me throughout my professional career.” – Troy Bridges, Pinnacol Assurance (formerly) and Colorado Railroad Museum Advisory Board

      Uke session at Swallow Hill


In two decades, CBCA has graduated nearly 700 individuals through Leadership Arts.  Alumni hail from all business sectors: banking, insurance, legal, healthcare. They are public officials, nonprofit professionals, arts enthusiasts and rocket scientists. Not only do they share an interest in the arts, they are growing group of civic leaders.  Alumni have served in almost 650 volunteer leadership positions, including governing and advisory boards, committees, and pro bono work.

Participation in Leadership Arts automatically enrolls you in the Leadership Arts Alumni Network, which offers quarterly events, networking with other leaders, ongoing board education and the Cultural Leadership Award.

Learn more about the Leadership Arts Alumni Network and how to get involved.


Thank you to our 2015-2016 Leadership Arts Sponsors:


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