Arts & Cultural Equity Studio (ACES)


The Arts & Cultural Equity Studio (ACES), provides emerging to mid-career arts administrators access to tailored training aimed at helping leaders of color develop the skills needed to advance in the arts management field. ACES will consist of quarterly three-part professional development collections spanning all topics regarding cultural equity in arts administration and career advancement. Arts nonprofits have limited resources and many do not provide training and tools for junior staff to rise through the ranks. This series aims to address that discrepancy through a workforce development resource supporting those that will one day innovate, transform, and lead the field. This directly addresses the gaps in diversity illustrated in the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs' survey and what has been reported as barriers for people in the field.

This studio is informed by The DIAL Labs program; register for the free, public recordings from April 2020. 


  • Engage early and mid-career leaders in conversations about diversityequityinclusion, and belonging in the arts field
  • Provide opportunities for diverse future leaders to gain a better understanding of how others have navigated their career development in the arts
  • Support arts administrators from historically and currently underrepresented communities in accessing professional development programming with practical tools to help advance their career pathways

Program Details

ACES is a quarterly 3-part virtual professional development collection that will capitalize on the phenomenal connections and expertise available to Americans for the Arts through its local network of arts nonprofit leaders, corporate professionals, board members, and friends at foundations, government agencies, and other organizations. Our team has surveyed emerging and mid-career arts administrators for feedback on topics that would be the most beneficial to learn at this pivotal time in their careers and our findings have informed selected topics.


Participants can sign-up for all three sessions or select individual areas of interest. Each session will be recorded and made available for all those who register. See the schedule below for more information. Questions? Please email

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