About the Leadership Development Institute

APAP and RCLA jointly launched the Leadership Development Institute in June 2010 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Express Foundation. The initial design for LDI is based on prior research conducted by APAP and RCLA that included a co-design working session in May 2009 where APAP and RCLA convened 15 mid-career leaders in the performing arts presenting field.

The sessions were facilitated by the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Each session was co-facilitated by Bethany Godsoe, RCLA executive director, and Theresa Holden, co-director, Holden and Arts Associates.

Goal of the Leadership Development Institute

The goal of the LDI is to develop the leadership, knowledge and capacity required to advance the performing arts presenting field. Specifically, LDI will:

  • Consolidate a leadership competency framework for the performing arts presenting field;
  • Advance the leadership capacity among arts presenting professionals in at least one competency area each;
  • Produce a presenting leadership development white paper, online tools and other resources that embody a framework for the leadership demands and challenges in the performing arts presenting field.

Read the LDI Co-Design Session report.

Visit the LDI page on the APAP website.

LDI Methodology

APAP’s Leadership Development Institute follows a Cooperative Inquiry design. Read more ›

2012/2013 Team

Fourteen LDI team members were chosen from a cross section of US presenting organizations. Read more ›

Best Practices

LDI members developed best practices around 5 key aspects of engaging community with and through the arts. Read more ›

About LDI

Launched in 2010, the goal of the LDI is to develop the leadership, knowledge and capacity required to advance the performing arts presenting field. Read more ›

Resource Library

LDI members created a library of resource materials to guide presenters’ community building efforts. Read more ›