LALI Helps Prepare Young Leaders in the Arts

The landscape of arts leadership in the 21st century is rapidly changing; new technologies and a massive turnover of arts professionals forecasted for the next five years pose many challenges. To make the arts accessible and relevant in the future, arts organizations will need a new generation of leaders with vision and creativity. This spring, Interlochen Center for the Arts launched the Logan Arts Leadership Institute (LALI) with a mission to help young leaders prepare for significant roles in the arts. 

“LALI will introduce tomorrow’s arts leaders to the foundations of leadership: how and what we value in leadership, and how generational differences impact communication and decision making,” said Jeffrey Kimpton, president of Interlochen Center for the Arts. “As we enter April and the course’s midpoint, we will transition young leaders to assessing their own skill sets. Upcoming panels will focus on how young arts leaders developed specific skills required to launch individual arts organizations, online projects, and other initiatives.”

Participation in LALI webcasts and online programs is available free of charge. Already more than 200 young artists from around the world have enrolled, including students from India, Scotland and China. As the inaugural semester progresses, discussions will move from broad topics about leadership to each student’s own individual skills and challenges. Guest speakers from various ages and backgrounds, such as Play On, Philly! CEO Stanford Thompson (IAC 00-03, IAC Staff 05-06, 08) provide a diverse palette for students.

LALI uses virtual and digital tools like webinars, live chats, surveys on leadership ability and style, and social media to engage high school and undergraduate students in the issues pertinent in arts leadership today. A current assignment allows students to create a customized leadership plan with the mentorship of the LALI instructors. Such assignments aim to encourage personal leadership growth as young arts leaders analyze their own leadership path and their environments.

“Discussions are my favorite part of LALI,” said Chloe Falkenheim, a LALI student from Fairfax County, Virginia. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss fascinating topics with interesting teachers and fellow students. Overall, I have learned about the importance of collaboration, the advancement of social media, and much more. I'm so happy to be taking this course!"

The next LALI event, the Young Arts Leaders Panel, will be held on April 9, at 8:30 p.m. (EST). The panel will broadcast live as a webinar, featuring Michael Thurber (IAA 03-05, IAC St 05-06) and two other arts leaders. More information about the Logan Arts Leadership Institute can be found on the official website and Lore course page. Archived webinars, selected podcasts, and live chats are accessible from the official LALI website.

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.