In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Sara Reisman, chief curator and director of NA affairs at the National Academy of Design, and Thomas Moore, director of development at the National Academy of Design. First, Sara and Thomas tell us about the history of the academy and why it was established. After opening in 1825, they then tell us what the academy has been doing the past few hundred years. Then, Sara and Thomas explain how artists join the academy. Also, they share why they think the academy still resonates today with reputable artists, such as recent Academicians like Rashid Johnson and Julie Mehretu. Lastly, they tell us why they have embraced a startup mentality despite being a few hundred years old.