There is a great deal of discussion about the need for building tomorrow's audiences if the arts world is to survive. In response, most arts institutions devote substantial efforts to arts education and audience development programs. These programs, in the main, are laudable and important, and we do need to focus our attention on educating the future audience members, volunteers, donors, board members and subscribers.
But there is another activity that must be pursued in tandem: We must work actively to train the next generation of arts leaders. It is not surprising that the leaders of the largest arts institutions in this nation are over 50.