Leadership in culture


This program is taught in Dutch

About the program

The LinC program is a curriculum for leaders in the cultural sector in Flanders and the Netherlands. Antwerp Management School, University of Antwerp and Utrecht University are joining forces to offer a qualitative program.

Leadership is a concept that until now hasn’t really been incorporated in the cultural sector. Nonetheless, the need for leadership is substantial: the environment in which cultural organizations and cultural professionals need to operate is growing more and more complex. Cultural organizations and cultural professionals need to be active both locally and internationally and often cooperate with very diverse stakeholders: varied audience(s); different types of government (European, federal, Flemish, local, neighborhood); an ever-growing supply; a volatile sector in which organizations come and go; cooperation with partners from different social domains. Uncertainty and unpredictability are key ingredients in their day-to-day practice.

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Learning goals
  • LinC wants to educate leaders who devote their creativity and intuition to a vibrant, incisive and financially healthy sector. LinC works on personal leadership, collective leadership, new insights, new practices and solutions and new connections between leaders, institutions, disciplines and between culture and community.
  • LinC challenges participants to learn from each other and overcome alleged differences like that between artistic and corporate leadership. Complex subjects – such as the vulnerability of the cultural sector and cultural professionals with a smaller audience, the role culture can play in the solution of social issues or the relation between government and the sector – are addressed, but not without looking for new scenarios for possible solutions.


1. LinC consists of several learning tracks. The main track are the ‘labs’ (laboratories). 8 two-day seminars are focused on generating and creating new knowledge, inspiration and insights together. We also strive toward thinking outside the box and expanding the repertoire of possible operations and solutions. These 8 “labs” spread over a period of a year.

2. During these 12 months, participants also work on practice-based challenges and problems in small, Flemish-Dutch teams. These so-called ‘interventures’ (a contraction of the words adventures, interventions and inventions) are riveted on carrying out, enriching, tailoring and making applicable the acquired knowledge and experiences.

3. Furthermore the program enhances the development of your personal leadership. In this ‘reflection track’ you zoom in on your own personal questions regarding leadership, organization and career. You’ll broaden your self-insights as a motor for effective and authentic leadership. The core if this reflection track consists of 4 individual sessions with an experienced coach. These are backed by an intake and exercises as 360°feedback loop and a ‘fly on the wall’-exercise.

4. Finally, there is the component “free space” in which a number of elective master classes and training meetings are offered, which we consider to be the basics of leadership: financial management, strategic human resource management in the cultural sector, change management, authorship, PR/Lobby and storytelling. Included in the free space is a personal budget that can be used for an individual learning or development need. It can also be used for a personal training of a few hours (for example on presentation techniques).

Target Audience

The curriculum targets leaders, makers, managers and entrepreneurs in the cultural sector, particularly in local cultural policy, the art sector (including applied arts), socio-cultural community work, the cultural heritage sector and creative industries.

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