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.

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.

Step Four:

Applications Closed

Program Fee

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.