Strong partnerships are essential to our mission of building and supporting a diverse community of cultural leaders who drive inspiring change for the future.

To create a network for change, we seek a wide range of leaders and organizations: national, regional and local funders; arts and cultural agencies; service organizations; and our growing community of change-makers. Our partners share our belief that career-long investment in arts and culture change-makers is critical for the health of our communities.

Defining partnership

NAS uses the term “partner” expansively to include programmatic partners, funding partners, recruiting partners, etc. We think of partners as anyone with whom we might exchange resources and lock arms to benefit the field.

Partnership goals

To work towards equity and systemic change

To have joy and camaraderie in the work

To serve more and more diverse audiences with our programs

To share knowledge and resources such that we can do more and better together

To financially sustain our efforts

To work towards equity and systemic change


We’re keen to hear about what’s working in communities and the particular challenges they face. We’d like to work with you to connect you and your arts and cultural leaders to a global network of change makers and place your city firmly in the future.

Join us and change the status quo.

We are looking for partnerships with forward-thinking, collaborative, community responsive grantmakers. We have a lot to offer to strengthen existing leadership investment efforts and to support a deeper and more diverse community of practice in your city and across the country.

Program Partners.

Barr Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
Barr Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
Barr Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
Barr Foundation
Australia Council for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Australia Council for the Arts
Peter Kiewit Foundation logo
Australia Council for the Arts
Weitz Family Foundation
- Past funding partners include:
  • The Abell Foundation
  • The American Express Foundation
  • Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
  • Arts Council of Silicon Valley
  • Arizona Republic
  • The Arizona Community Foundation
  • The Atherton Family Foundation
  • Bancfirst
  • Boettcher Foundation
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Broward County Cultural Affairs Division
  • The Brown Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • The Cleveland Foundation
  • The Community Foundation for the National Capital
  • The Hawaii Community Foundation
  • The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Houston Endowment
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • The John P. Murphy Foundation
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • The Kirkpatrick Foundation
  • The Kulas Foundation
  • Major Performing Arts Board for the Australia Council
  • The Marin Community Foundation
  • The Mary and Dan Dent Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • The Meadows Foundation
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation