NextGen 2021 applications will not be accepted.

COVID-19 Pandemic Update

As a result of worldwide travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus at the local, state, national and international level, the NextGen 2020 residency has been cancelled.

Applications will not be accepted for NextGen 2021. Check back in Fall 2021 for updated program information.

NextGen is a blended-learning experience for the museum field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for professionals who are in the first 3-5 years of a new mid-level management position, and who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential.

The program blends one week of online learning and one week of residency in a collegial environment at CGU. The curriculum is intensive, while also offering time for self-reflection and practical application of materials and concepts. Participants examine their individual leadership styles, team dynamics, institutional needs and perspectives, and the future of the museum field. Course modules focus on leadership assessment and development, design thinking and strategy, team leadership, negotiation and influence, fundraising, audience engagement and development, and innovation.

The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. MLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

Program Dates & Information

2021 Program Cancelled


How to Apply

Check back in Fall 2021 for updated program information.


Program Fee

The 2020 program fee was $4,000. Check back in Fall 2021 for updated information.

The fee includes accommodations at the Claremont Doubletree Hotel, most meals, and all course materials. Need-based scholarships may be available.