Logan Arts Leadership Institute

We are facing a challenge in the arts: we need a new generation of leaders. We need a ready supply of prepared, pragmatic, experienced and committed leaders in arts and cultural organizations. Leaders who have vision and creativity. Leaders who can bring a sense of innovation and entrepreneurial excitement to their work. Leaders who can balance the realities of what is — with the possibilities of what could be. Real leadership is a precious commodity, and it is in increasingly short supply. 

About the Logan Arts Leadership Institute

The Logan Arts Leadership Institute at Interlochen Center for the Arts helps high school students understand the kinds of experiences and study required for new leaders in the arts. Because the dispositions for leadership are formed at an early age, Logan Arts strives to create a cadre of new leaders who will understand and want to play significant leadership roles in the arts and culture, education and non-profit organizations. Our research tells us students today view leadership as a career option, not a fall-back position, because they care deeply about the future of the arts.

A Virtual Institute Engaging the World’s Students

While the Logan Arts Leadership Institute will be housed at Interlochen, its reach is international. Using technology native to the times, Logan Arts is a virtual institute: its classroom is the world of the arts, its faculty the leadership of those organizations — of all ages and backgrounds, its students located anywhere in the world. Logan Arts engages high school students with leaders through a digital resource center, virtual seminars, live chats, digital mentorships, and blog posts, all available online. These opportunities are augmented by a series of on-campus presentations, panels and workshops given by guest leaders to be shared with a larger national audience. Much of the work of organizing and designing the curriculum and program will be collaborative, between leaders and students.

Demonstrating Leadership Through Digital Citizenship

Through a new student arts webstream, students provide programming in each arts discipline, review student work, share live or recorded performances, discuss new trends and critical issues in the arts, and interview artists in various stages of career development. Programming in which students themselves curate and create a new stream of arts information IS leadership in action, and defines digital citizenship.

The Future of the Arts and Arts Education

The Logan Arts Leadership Institute and the digital resource center are perfect examples of how time, space and information are changing the way that we can learn — even in leadership. Engaging our students — and students the world over — in a national discussion of leadership through the arts will help them be analytical yet creative thinkers who will truly be leaders in a diverse array of professions.

Interlochen recognizes the founding donor of this program, Kay Hardesty Logan, for her vision and generosity. Additional funding for the Arts Leadership Institute is provided through a grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation.

About the Course

Enrollment in the Logan Arts Leadership Institute is completely free for any high school or undergraduate student. The course not graded and all assignments are optional. However, we recommend that students commit an hour per week. Active participation in readings, activities and group discussions is highly encouraged.

The Institute is offered in two Phases:

Phase One is for students who are new to the Logan Arts Leadership Institute. This Phase is divided into six, two-week, lessons that draw from student experience to provide an in-depth look at the state of arts leadership today. The curriculum looks closely at generational leadership, non-profit lifecycles and roles, as well as demonstrating leadership in one's own community.

Phase Two is for students who have completed the first phase. This semester-long phase focuses on building essential leadership skills and caters to each student's individual leadership journey. Readings and other resources are divided into six modules: Conflict Resolution, Entrepreneurship, Interpersonal Communication, Nonprofit Management, Strategic Planning/Goal Setting, and Time Management. These modules can be completed in any order that the student sees fit. Students are also encouraged to keep a leadership journal to document their experiences and goals.

Live chat discussions and webinar videos will also be available for students in both Phases, and students will have the opportunity to communicate and support one another through online discussion forums. All course materials and communications will be conducted through Haiku Learning. The next session will begin February 6, 2017. Register now for the spring 2017 semester!


Please stay tuned for a list of upcoming speakers.  

Past speakers have included: 

Ronnie Bauch, Martha Caplin, and Melissa MeellOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 

Alan Brown, Principal, WolfBrown Consulting 

Aaron Dworkin, President, Sphinx Organization, MacArthur Genius Award Winner 

Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company 

Kaywin Feldman, President/Director, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Ken Fischer, President, University Musical Society, Univeristy of Michigan

Steve Hayden, Apple and Ogilvy Mather

Brian Kennedy, Director, Toledo Museum of Art

Steven Lavine, President, California Institute of the Arts

Liz Lerman, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

Anne Parsons, President and Executive Director, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

James Roe, President/CEO, New Jersey Symphony

Jamal Rossi, Dean of the Eastman School of Music

Peter Sparling, Peter Sparling Dance Company

Stanford Thompson, Play On, Philly! Founder

Michael Thurber, CDZA Founder