Among the top priorities identified by preservationists during a 2013 survey conducted by Preservation50 is devising more effective strategies for engaging emerging leaders of the movement. While technical training opportunities for preservationists abound, true leadership development opportunities tailored to the specific challenges of the preservation movement do not. Thus, we are hard at work designing an institute to identify, energize, enlist, and prepare emerging leaders from among the 15 million Americans who are involved in preservation in their daily lives and hunger for the tools to increase their impact.
To advance this program we have convened some of the nation’s top leadership development experts and preservation thought-leaders. We are crafting curricula and pedagogy that will teach participants essential knowledge and traits of entrepreneurial leaders capable of solving critical challenges facing nonprofit, public, and private sector entities comprising the historic preservation movement. The resulting leadership initiative, ARCUS, was launched in November 2016 and currently has two cohorts with a total of 81 fellows.
Preservation50 is delighted to benefit from the generous support of American Express in this project.