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Practice//Practice | AS220’s Professional Development Program for Arts Administrators

From those who identify as arts managers, arts educators, socially engaged artists, program coordinators, community organizers, arts researchers, cultural producers, or any other given title, Practice//Practice seeks to bring a diverse group of practitioners together in a fertile environment to share and learn from each other.


Practice//Practice, AS220’s professional development program for arts administrators, returns to AS220's campus in downtown Providence, Rhode Island from May 3rd to 6th! Applications are open until March 1st. There is no fee to apply. Tuition cost is sliding scale, $500 to $1,000. Visit our website for full details, but don't take our word for it - check out what other Practitioners have to say about the program!

Practice//Practice offers the arts and culture field an intensive learning alternative to large scale conferences or semester-based higher-education courses. The program is for anyone who works in the arts and culture field regardless of position. From those who identify as arts managers, arts educators, socially engaged artists, program coordinators, community organizers, arts researchers, cultural producers, or any other given title, Practice//Practice seeks to bring a diverse group of practitioners together in a fertile environment to share and learn from each other. 

The 4-day residency program consists of a series of workshops and discussions, presentations by participants and faculty, a tour to visit partner arts organizations, hands-on making sessions in AS220’s Industries and, of course, a party! Workshops will include presentations and breakout sessions with AS220 staff and expert visiting faculty, and will allow plenty of time for discussion and debate. In the spirit of Practice//Practice, some workshops also involve working sessions, bringing theoretical discourse into the practical realm.

Using AS220’s history and practices as a jumping off point, topics covered include: organizational sustainability (finances, structure, fundraising); strategic development (mission/vision/values development, leadership, transparency); property (the issues involved in acquiring and owning a building); accessibility (affordability and diversity); and collaboration (building internal and cross-sector partnerships). A final schedule is decided based the goals of each session’s particular cohort.

Registration for Practice//Practice is limited to 20 spaces in order to encourage open and meaningful dialogue among participants. Applications are open until March 1st.