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The North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA) embraces a broad definition of leadership as “a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.” [Peter G. Northouse. Leadership Theory and Practice, 3 rd edition, Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, 2004, p.3] From its beginning the Institute has recognized that leadership in the field of arts education takes many forms and dimensions, ranging from instructional leaders in schools, to educational leaders in arts organizations such as museums, symphonies and community arts groups, to management positions in all types of arts organizations.

The Institute has been involved in the preparation of arts education leader since its beginning, but a particular focus currently is working with individuals to prepare them to be arts leaders in a wide variety of settings. This emphasis began in 1995 when the Marcus Fellowship Program was established with the generous support of the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation. This program was designed to select individuals from the State of Texas who were committed to assuming a leadership role in the State following completion of the program. Since that time, five individuals with a visual arts background have been selected and supported each year for a year-long, intensive educational program designed to develop their leadership skills and abilities. Fifty-three (53) students completed the program which closed at the end of the 2005-2006 academic year.

In the fall of 2005, the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable provided funding to expand the program beyond Texas and to include music students as well as visual arts students. The Priddy Fellowships in Arts Leadership supported ten (10) students (5 visual arts and 5 music) each year for a year-long program of study designed to prepare individuals for arts leadership roles in a variety of settings. Fifty(50) students completed the program which closed at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year.

The Institute is also committed to providing professional development opportunities for arts leaders through a variety of continuing education opportunities. Beginning in the fall of 2007, a national Symposium in Advanced Arts Leadership was initiated and repeated in the fall of 2008, the fall of 2009, and the fall of 2010. No future Symposia are planned at this time.