Live Arts Centers of North America (LACNA) is a membership-based organization of more than 50 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 supports interests of the LACNA membership that enhance the potential of the performing arts field in the 21st century.
Most recently, the group has come together to share opportunities and ways to navigate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the critical importance of funding for the arts along with issues highlighted by the racial reckoning of 2020. The group formed a Foundation to support the interests of LACNA membership that enhance the potential of the performing arts field in the 21st century
Responding to the challenges of structural racism in performing arts institutions across the U.S. and Canada, Live Arts Centers of North America (LACNA) and 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.