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About Business Council for the Arts

We create strong business/arts partnerships that build world-class communities where people want to live, work and grow. Read more about how we achieve this mission here >>.

About Leadership Arts Institute

A program of Business Council for the Arts, Leadership Arts Institute (LAI) was founded in 1989 at the request of businessman and philanthropist Ray Nasher, to develop the next generation of business leaders for the arts in North Texas. Each year, a limited number of business professionals are selected for LAI. The program provides training in leadership, nonprofit board best practices, and knowledge of critical issues affecting cultural institutions in North Texas. The methodology consists of 10 seminars led by expert speakers and an annual project that serves as a practicum.  Upon completion of the program, graduates have the option of being individually matched to serve on a nonprofit board of directors. Learn more and apply for this year’s program here >>.

About The Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano

In 2006, Texas Governor Rick Perry inaugurated the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Plano, TX as a place for fostering an appreciation of pluralism and for enhancing relationships among faith communities, government and civil society. Events at the Center aspire to stimulate the intellect, encourage dialogue, and celebrate cultural diversity in the greater Dallas area.