Bill Bates Leadership Institute

The Council sponsors an annual summer institute for arts professionals from throughout the state. This three-day conference aims to be a retreat for arts professionals, providing presentations on current topics and tools for better arts administration.

Held each August at Camp McDowell, the Institute is named in honor of Bill Bates, the former deputy director of the Council on the Arts. Bill loved being out in nature and treasured the time spent there with the Institute and its participants. With this retreat, the Council honors Bill and his contributions to the arts in Alabama.


Review the latest slate of speakers and program agenda at the 2021 Bill Bates Leadership Institute. (click here)