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Live Arts Centers of North America (LACNA) is a membership-based organization serving performing arts centers located in the United States and Canada. Members include performing arts centers with revenue of $5 million and up and are represented in the organization by their CEOs. The LACNA Foundation strives to enhance the potential of the performing arts field in the 21st century.


The group came together to address the challenges and navigate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and issues of racial reckoning, along with the critical need for funding for the arts.


Responding to the challenges of structural racism in performing arts institutions across the U.S. and Canada, the LACNA Foundation announced the launch of the BIPOC Executive Leadership in the Arts Program. Supported by AMS Planning & Research Corporation, NAS, and Stanford University, this first-of-its-kind program is designed to accelerate the development of management and leadership skills among qualified mid-career BIPOC professionals and provide them with a pathway to pursue executive positions in the most significant cultural institutions in both the United States and Canada.

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