Leadership Arts Institute

Leadership Arts Institute (LAI) develops the next generation of business leaders for the arts and encourages passion for the arts in North Texas.

Applications are now open for the 2015-2016 LAI class! Apply now!


A program of Business Council for the Arts, Leadership Arts Institute (LAI) was founded in 1989 at the request of businessman and philanthropist Ray Nasher, to develop the next generation of business and arts leaders and encourage passion for the arts in North Texas. Each year, a limited number of business professionals are selected for LAI.  The program provides training in leadership, nonprofit board best practices and knowledge of current critical issues affecting cultural institutions in North Texas. The methodology consists of ten seminars led by expert speakers and an annual project that serves as a practicum.

Learn about the current class project!

Upon completion of the program, graduates are individually matched to serve on nonprofit boards of directors in the community. Click here to see a list of organizations we have matched with LAI graduates in the past.

LAI 2015 Board Placement 


Why should you participate?

  • Strengthen your expertise as a leader
  • Learn best practices in nonprofit board leadership and utilize them to serve your community
  • Meet prominent business leaders who advocate for North Texas as a creative community
  • Receive resources that promote creativity, innovation and resourcefulness
  • Network with colleagues from a cross-section of industries
  • Experience arts and cultural venues and hear from their leaders on a first-hand basis
  • Strengthen future commitment to arts and culture in North Texas
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Selection and Time Commitment:

The program consists of ten modules, beginning with a class introduction and bonding session that is based in the performing and visual arts. Classes begin in September and meet once a month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This allows a full academic experience while preserving a section of the workday. Each class is selected from a pool of qualified and culturally diverse candidates. Sessions contain a combination of informational and experiential activities to maximize the value of your participation. Classes are conducted in various arts facilities in the region to provide a comprehensive level of awareness of arts venues.


Tuition is inclusive of all materials, food service, event fees, and one year of membership with the Leadership Arts Alumni Association. All Leadership Arts Institute graduates will be given the opportunity to be placed on an arts and culture board of directors in the region.

BCA Members: $1,325

Non-Members: $1,725

BCA Members who apply before April 30, 2015 are eligible for an “early bird” discount of $150.


If you are interested in being a part of the LAI Class of 2016, please complete our LAI Application Form! The deadline to apply is July 1, 2015.


For more information, please contact Jillian Sanders at Business Council for the Arts.
Phone: 972-991-8300 ext. 602 | Email: jillian.sanders@ntbca.org 

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