Change Leader Program

Change Leader Program


Developing leadership skills that better equip cultural and civic leaders in the arts

The Change Leader program is designed to help arts and cultural leaders deal with environmental and organizational change, create a statewide support and mentoring network to reduce geographic isolation and become catalysts for change in the arts in their communities.  The three-day institute is the initial training component, after which participants complete a certification project and then join a network of leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and continue to meet through leadership circles and conferences.


  • Prepare cultural leaders to recognize and be a catalyst for needed change in their organization and community
  • Create a statewide network of leaders who exchange resources and ideas and collaborate on projects
  • Develop leadership and professionalism in the arts community
  • Reduce geographic isolation of leaders in rural communities
  • Create a support and mentoring network through a committed training delivery system

The Change Leader Institute

The ICA offers an annual intensive three-day professional development program designed especially for administrators and community leaders in the arts. The three day-curriculum supports Change Leaders to:

  • Navigate group dynamics
  • Leverage and facilitate change
  • Understand personalities in negotiating change
  • Explore negotiation tactics
  • Implement transitions
  • Communicate change
  • Build community

Change Leader Certification

Participants of the Change Leader Institute go on to certify in the program by using portions of the curriculum to develop an arts project in their own community, or by leading a change within an arts organization.  Approximately nine months later all participants are brought back together to present on the changes they have led. Following completion of the program, participants are certified as Idaho Change Leaders through the Office of the Governor.

Leadership Circles

Regional gatherings are held for change leader participants to continue networking and to communicate updates on state and national arts issues.

Change Leader Conference

Usually held in conjunction with the Change Leader Certification Ceremony, all former change leader participants are invited to attend professional development workshops featuring state and national leaders in the arts.

Eligibility Snapshot:

  • Any Idaho resident interested in using the arts to make a change
  • Designed for cultural and community leaders

Who are Change Leader Candidates?

A Change Leader is anyone working creatively to improve their organization or community. Change Leaders are a diverse group and may include arts administrators, artists, arts educators, board members and volunteers in the cultural sector, city and county staff members, and community activists. They represent rural, urban, and suburban areas, from communities and organizations of all sizes. We strive to create a diverse networking group representing the arts in Idaho.

Each Change Leader Institute welcomes twelve participants. Cohorts are kept small to allow for action learning and personal connection. Prospective participants must apply to the program and each group is selected to ensure participant and organizational diversity, equity and inclusion as well as geographic diversity.

What commitment is required to participate?

Funding from ICA covers a significant portion of the cost of the Institute. This is an investment in supporting creative leaders who continue to build community and participate in a broader statewide network. A modest fee based on organizational budget is required and is an important expression of your commitment to the program. The fee ranges from $100 – $400 based on the annual revenue of your organization and includes instruction, materials, lodging and meals for the duration of the institute. Participants are responsible for their transportation to the Institute site in Boise.

It is also critical to your success and the success of others that each participant is in attendance for the entire Institute. We will ask for a commitment statement with your registration form.

Fee Structure:

Annual Revenue*Fee
$0 – $25,000$100.00
$25,001 – $100,000$200.00
$100,001 – $200,000$300.00
Over $200,000$400.00

*If no organization affiliation, individual fee is $100.00

Application Process

Applications are accepted online on a rolling deadline. After submitting the application, you will be notified by email whether you have been accepted to attend the next Institute. If the cohort is full you will be added to a rolling wait list. Participants are also referred and invited to help the program meet goals of geographic and organizational diversity. Given the small course size, there is also an element of first-come, first served.

If you are accepted, you will receive a link to process payment of your participation fee and secure your place.  Please note: your place in the institute is not secured until the participation fee has been received.

Deadline: rolling deadline


Contact Community Development Director Alison Espindola