How Do I Apply?

Applications are solicited region-wide. Interested individuals may apply directly. Also, board members, business leaders, arts leaders, government officials and ALMA alumni may nominate individuals for participation in the program. 

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Cost:

  • $600 for Corporate or Civic Leaders
  • $300 for Nonprofit Leaders

Application Deadline:
The application period for the 2017 class has closed. The ARC will begin accepting applications for the 2018 in Fall of 2017.

Application Review: 
The ALMA Steering Committee is comprised of ARC staff and selected ALMA alumni. Each year the committee seeks to recruit a diverse group of individuals with regard to ethnicity, gender, geography, profession, community service and demonstrated leadership.

Notification:
All applicants will be notified by e-mail. If you have questions email Josh Phillipson or call 404-463-3217.

 

Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta

Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA), was created in 2004 to encourage leaders throughout the community to take an active role in solving the issues and challenges facing the region’s arts and culture community. The five-day, five-month program seeks to:

  • provide arts leaders with insights from corporate and foundational leaders as to why the arts are important to them, why they fund the arts and how to plan for success when seeking corporate funding
  • provide both arts and corporate leaders with the tools and knowledge to become informed and powerful advocates for the arts in Atlanta and Georgia
  • facilitate open, frank and high level topical & policy discussions within the class on problems & solutions to address key arts issues facing the region resulting in greater understanding and knowledge about the cultural community

Who Are the Speakers?

Past speakers include:

  • Mayor Shirley Franklin (Former Mayor, City of Atlanta)
  • Sam Olens (Former Attorney General, State of Georgia)
  • Lisa Cremin (Director, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund)
  • Joe Bankoff (Past President and CEO, Woodruff Arts Center)
  • David Connell (Cobb Chamber of Commerce)
  • Peggy McCormick (Director of Economic Development, Atlanta Development Authority)
  • Ben Cameron (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation)
  • Kenny Leon (Artistic Director, True Colors Theater)
  • Michael Shapiro (Former Executive Director, High Museum of Art)
  • Tom Key (Executive Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit)
  • Susan Neugent (President and CEO, Fernbank Museum of Natural History)
  • Mayor Kasim Reed (Mayor, City of Atlanta)
  • Virginia Hepner (President and CEO, Woodruff Arts Center)
  • Penny McPhee (President, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation)
  • Carlton Mackey (Director, Ethics & the Arts, Emory University)
  • Lauri Stallings (Artistic Director, gloATL)
  • Susannah Darrow (Executive Director, ArtsATL)
  • Melissa Johnson (Senior Policy Analyst, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute)
  • Lizzy Smith (Grants Program Director, Robert W. Woodruff Family Foundation)
  • Kristina Christy (Community Affairs, Wells Fargo)
  • Makeba Dixon-Hill (Curator of Education, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art)
     

Spring 2017 ALMA Class Schedule

  • Kickoff Reception - January 31st
  • February 15th
  • March 15th
  • April 19th
  • May 17th
  • June 14th
     

Additional cultural events will be included as part of the class schedule.

Last Year's Program Agendas

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