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.
Introducing 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, LALI 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, LALI 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. LALI engages high school students with leaders through a digital resource center, virtual lectures, seminars and presentations, chat rooms, online resource rooms, special topic focus groups, digital mentorships, and blogs and online journals, all available online. These opportunities are augmented by a series of on-campus presentations, panels and workshops given by guest leaders, yet shared with a larger national audience. And 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 web channel, 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.