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The Rozsa Foundation offers the Rozsa Executive Arts Leadership (REAL) program for established arts leaders (artists and arts managers) who have demonstrated the desire and potential to lead change in artistic practice, arts organization, and arts community. 


Participants will focus on developing a range of leadership skills, including critical thinking, empathy, collaboration, deep listening, creativity, and identifying their leadership style. Session topics that will be explored include Indigenous Relations, Community Engagement, Change through Storytelling, Arts Advocacy, Conflict Transformation, and Ethical Technology. Overarching themes of reconciliation, justice, placemaking/meaning, equity, and belonging will be explored. We will also be incorporating practices of care through the cultivation of safe spaces, sharing personal land acknowledgements, an embodiment practice, and a reflective poetry practice.

The goal of the program is to offer a space for established arts leaders to come together and discuss opportunities and challenges they have in their own organization, their own artistic practice, and the wider arts community. Participants will collaborate to address these opportunities and challenges and do a deep dive on a particular topic with local creative thought leaders for their final presentations.

The REAL program is constantly in development as the reality of the arts sector changes and adapts, and our goal is to address current challenges and opportunities as they present themselves and to always be learning together.    




  • We will not be offering the REAL program in 2023. 

  • If you are interested in the 2024 program and would like to be notified of any updates, please enter your information in our Arts Leadership Contact Form. 

  • If you have any questions, you can contact Ainsley Soutière, Programs and Events Coordinator and she will be in touch.​​

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