Change Leader


The Change Leader Program is a professional development course with an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day immersive institute with instruction on assessing environments and the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Following the institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project. These certified Change Leaders form a network of leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and convene through leadership circles and conferences.


The Change Leader Institute is a professional development course that addresses leadership issues in relation to leading change. Our goal is to better equip arts and cultural leaders to deal with environmental and organizational change, and also to create a statewide mentoring network in the arts and cultural community.

As of June 2020, we are not currently accepting applications for the Change Leader Institute due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

**Please note that there is currently a wait-list for the Change Leader Institute. We will resume taking applications as soon as possible.

Upcoming Institutes

Change Leader Institutes are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Certified Change Leaders - We are holding training sessions to revisit the core ideas from the Institute.

More information can be found below on this page.

Certification Projects

To complete their training, Change Leaders design a project, applying the concepts they learned in the Institute. After examining their environment to identify a need, they plan a response, engage others, identify resources, negotiate, honor resistance, adjust plans as necessary and implement change.  Each certification project is unique.

"The Change Leader program taught me incredible skills that i could use to impact my community in so many ways."


Click HERE to see the complete roster of Change Leaders.

institute review

Change Leader is embarking on something new! Many of you have asked if you could attend the Change Leader Institute a second time and now you have the opportunity!

Join the Change Leader team to review the core curriculum from the Change Leader Institute in a series of virtual review sessions. This is intended for individuals who have already attended the Change Leader Institute and not open to the general public. Each session is 90 minutes & we ask you to come prepared to participate. You are welcome to attend a single session or the whole series.

Upcoming sessions:

Thursday, January 21 from 12:30pm-2pm - Membership, Mindful Listening & Facilitation

Thursday, January 28 from 12:30pm-2pm - Change & Transition

Thursday, February 4 from 12:30pm-2pm - Understanding Ourselves & Others
Featuring special guest Deena Pyle, certified MBTI instructor

Thursday, February 11 from 12:30pm-2pm - Power, Accountability & Resistance

Thursday, February 18 from 12:30pm-2pm - Obtaining Commitment

For registration information please contact Tracy:


Conferences for certified Change Leaders are held twice a year. Conferences provide training from high quality facilitators and a chance to network with members of the Change Leader network. Conferences also showcase certifying Change Leaders as they present their certification projects.


All in-person conferences are on hold due to COVID-19.

However we are planning a 'virtual' conference to take place towards the end of February or beginning of March. We hope to announce exciting news about this soon.


Leadership Circles are regional gathering held for certified Change Leaders. As we plan these meetings we reach out to Change Leaders and invite them to attend. All Change Leaders are welcome to attend any Leadership Circle.

We truly enjoyed gathering virtually this year. As we plan more we will share information.

Creative change Scholarships - Formerly Random acts of art

Creative Change Scholarships fund projects spearheaded by Change Leaders, which encourage innovative cultural engagement in communities with special attention to projects that advance inclusion, diversity, equity and/or accessibility. Scholarships can range from cultural projects to targeted community-based activities.

Goals of the scholarship include:

    • Assist Change Leaders in building value and increasing connections within their communities.
    • Support “push projects” that are outside of normal organizational activities or programming.
    • Illustrate the impact of arts or museums in meeting social/community needs.
    • Strengthen and raise awareness of the Change Leader Program.

Click HERE to view the guidelines.

          Click HERE to apply.

Final Reports are now online! Access them HERE.

To log in to the online application for this scholarship, Change Leaders can visit
Please note: The online grants system works best if viewed in Chrome or Firefox web browsers.


Jason Bowcutt
Community Arts Manager

Laurel Cannon Alder
Grants Manager

Tracy Hansford
Community Arts Coordinator