The LinC program is designed 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 training program.
Leadership as a concept has not yet been fully incorporated in the cultural sector, although there’s a substantial need for leadership: the environment in which cultural organizations and professionals operate is growing ever more complex. Cultural organizations and professionals need to be active both locally and internationally and often collaborate with a variety of stakeholders: all types of audience(s), all levels of government (European, federal, Flemish, local, community), an ever-growing number of suppliers with many comings and goings, and partners from varying social domains. Uncertainty and unpredictability are key ingredients in day-to-day practice.
LinC wants to train leaders who can invest their creativity and intuition into a strong, vibrant 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 society.
LinC challenges participants to learn from each other and overcome alleged boundaries e.g. between artistic and corporate leadership. Complex subjects – e.g. the vulnerability of cultural professionals who only reach small audiences, the role culture can play in tackling societal challenges or the relation between government and the cultural sector – will be addressed, taking into account innovative solutions and alternative scenarios.