ArtsLab strengthens the impact of arts organizations in urban and rural communities through leadership and strategy development.

ArtsLabs Peer Learning Communities are built around in-person retreats and virtual workshops, designed and facilitated by a team of experts. Participants explore strategic concepts around developing healthy business models and cross-sector relationships.

A training and mentorship program for artists and arts leaders, ArtsLab uses a highly-participatory process that combines guided group learning and individual coaching. ArtsLab participants assess critical needs, articulate their relevancy to their communities, and build leadership practices that are both risk-taking and strategic. ArtsLab offers intensive courses designed to support the development of healthy business models and build cross-sector relationships. Through a unique, collaborative environment that includes retreats, webinars, and support from experts and educators in a variety of fields, participants build skills, knowledge, and networks that advance their leadership skills and their business planning.

ArtsLab offers discipline- and region-based courses in collaboration with other arts service organizations. Learn more about the current, past and future courses and how you can get involved by visiting the ArtsLab website.

Partnerships and support

ArtsLab funders and partners include The McKnight Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, North Dakota Council on the Arts, South Dakota Arts Council, and Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.


For more information, visit artslab.artsmidwest.org or contact [email protected].