Photo depicting the Arts Ed Collaborative Leadership Academy

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Arts Ed Collaborative’s flagship program. Now it’s your turn to join the growing group of Leadership Academy alumni! All arts educators are welcome to apply including certified teachers, teaching artists, and arts organization staff. APPLICATIONS OPEN 2/27 and close on 4/24.

Leadership Academy participants delve into culturally responsive practices and leadership skills, then apply their learning to create individual action plans.

This 10-month program kicks off with a four-day summer intensive at Carnegie Museum of Art and Attack Theatre with follow-up sessions throughout the school year. Additional locations include Sankofa Village and Center of Life. Sessions are co-facilitated by AEC’s Anqwenique Kinsel and Yael Silk and feature a variety of guest experts, including Celena Hickman, Miracle Jones, Alecia Dawn, Allyce Pinchback-Johnson, Shabaka Perkins, Michelle King, and more.

Program dates:

  • July 17 – 20, 2023, 9am – 4pm at Carnegie Museum of Art and Attack Theatre
  • August 16, 4 – 6pm  |  in-person session with alumni
  • September 21, 4 – 6pm |  Zoom session
  • October 9 |  ACTIVATE Arts Learning Conference
  • November 16, 8am – 4pm |  in-person session
  • January 24, 8am – 4pm |  in-person
  • February 21, 4 – 6pm |  Zoom session
  • March 20, 4 – 6pm |  Zoom session
  • April 19, 8am – 4pm |  in-person graduation


  • Build a professional support system through connections made with participants and facilitators
  • Create welcoming and powerful learning spaces that celebrate diverse identities and cultures
  •   Advance professionally by leveraging new learning and planning skills
  •   Earn up to 90 Act 48 credits