NextGen 2021 applications will not be accepted.
COVID-19 Pandemic Update
As a result of world-wide 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 and all participants have deferred to the class of 2021. The program will be held in March 2021 online and in residence in Claremont, CA. Click here to see a list of our 2021 cohort.
Applications will not be accepted for NextGen 2021. Check back in the fall of 2021 for application information and deadlines for our 2022 program.
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.
The format of NextGen 2021 offers a multifaceted learning experience. Learning online and in the classroom includes lectures, peer discussions and group study, self-directed reading and journaling, group problem-solving exercises, field trips and practicum assignments and panel sessions with visual arts and museum leaders. Participants use newfound insights to address institutional challenges and plan meaningful solutions to take home.
MLI executive education programs help museum professionals become better leaders. Program participants increase their knowledge and skills in four core areas:
- Self-Knowledge: Gain an in-depth understanding of individual leadership styles and learn how to hone strengths and maximize opportunities.
- Management Skills: Sharpen your knowledge and understanding of innovative concepts and current trends in key subject areas of Leadership Assessment and Development, Fundraising, Audience Development, Team Management, Innovation, and Strategy.
- Pragmatic Practice: Understand core strategic steps, frameworks, and measurement tools to solve complex organizational challenges and build capacity at your organization. Meet leaders in the field and explore best and new practices.
- Leadership: Understand effective leadership and develop your overall leadership skills. Create action plans to implement for your own leadership development and to effectively build your career. Assess and generate new museum thought leadership and contribute to cultural infrastructure for the field.
“NextGen was amazing! For me it was very transformative. I met amazing people and learned a great deal about myself at the same time. Well worth the investment. Thank you all!” – NextGen 2018 Participant
“I truly enjoyed the program- it has definitely set my career goals on a different track and I have changed for the better. I am excited to see what steps I do now to accomplish my career objectives and what the outcome will be.” – NextGen 2017 Participant
“NextGen has given me the tools to help tackle problems, to be comfortable with ambiguity, and to work together with me team – to build confidence together and to think about the problems that really matter.” – 2016 NextGen Participant
Program Dates & Information
March 1-6, 2021 – Online week: Asynchronous online classroom with live peer interaction and faculty webinars.
March 14-20, 2021 – Residency week: Classes at the beautiful tree-lined campus of the Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.
How to Apply
Step One: Read the Eligibility and Selection criteria.
Step Two: Read the Application Submission Guidelines.
Step Three: Share this Recommendation Form link with your recommenders.
The 2021 program fee is $4,000.
The fee includes accommodations at the Claremont Doubletree Hotel, most meals, and all course materials. Need-based scholarships may be available.