Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

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EALS Survival Guide

by Zenia Simpson
I simply cannot believe the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium is 2 days away! After a year of planning, waiting, and tweeting, finally the day is near where over 200 arts managers from all over the country will converge at American University to share lessons learned and discuss how to lead this ever-evolving field. But with a 9-5, jam-packed day (with breaks, but many activities), hundreds of people,  and plenty of things to choose from, it can be a bit much if you aren’t prepared. So here’s a brief EALS Survival Guide to help your day go off without a hitch. If you haven’t purchased a ticket, we only have 20 tickets left so be sure to buy your ticket now!

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DC Insider’s What To Do EALS Weekend Guide

by Helene Genetos. Photo Credit Penn Social, location of EALS Meet and Greet on Saturday.

As you know from last year, I have perfected my list of where to go, eat, and drink in DC over EALS weekend over my 10+ years in DC. So, it’s only right that I do it one more time. After 8 months away in Chicago and London, I had a lot of fieldwork to do, aka stuffing my face, once I got back in January. It was a tough mission, but a worthy one.

I’d like to thank my friends who informed me of the best new spots that emerged while I was away and even dragged me away from the library to try some of them. I’d also like to thank everyone coming to EALS, from as far as Utah, as my motivators. Because I want nothing more than for you to have an amazing weekend in DC! Continue reading “DC Insider’s What To Do EALS Weekend Guide”

What the EALS Committee Is Looking Forward To

We are only five days away from the most ambitious symposium yet. The EALS committee has spent many hours together, planning, coordinating, and sometimes dancing, to ensure that #EALS2016 lives up to the greatest expectations of everyone planning to attend. When you ask us what we’re excited for, we’ll all agree that EALS has an incredible line-up of speakers, but beyond that we are each looking forward to different things… Continue reading “What the EALS Committee Is Looking Forward To”

The Election Year + ART

by James Swindell, guest writer & EALS Ambassador

There are several directions this blog could take to explore the intersections between many of the current issues in this Presidential election like healthcare or tax reform with the arts.  And though I would love to discuss the election at length here, I will leave the political commentary to the pundits only to focus on a more personal narrative pertaining to advocacy.   Continue reading “The Election Year + ART”

Panel Announcement – Law and Art: Simplifying The Complex

For our last panel announcement (!), we’re focusing on the intersection of law and art. See our recent post from Helene Genetos for a great interview with her cousin, lawyer and former Gallery Director Christina Pannos for a look into the art law field and read on to learn more about our panelists for the Law and Art: Simplifying the Complex below! Continue reading “Panel Announcement – Law and Art: Simplifying The Complex”

In the Family: An Art Law Interview with Christina Pannos

I know it is not a shock to anyone that’s met me, but I come from an extended family full of lawyers. I think my dad secretly trained me into being a lawyer because I certainly argue like one. Despite the family tradition, I eventually worked my way into the arts and, with the guidance of my older cousin, found a home here. That cousin, Christina Pannos, is the perfect combination of my dad and me professionally. She is who I want to be someday.
Today, Christina works as an art law professor using what she learned as a lawyer alongside her experiences as an art gallery director to provide real life situations and training to her students. So as we dive into the complicated world of art law during our Law and Art: Simplifying the Complex panel at this year’s Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium  I thought ‘who better to simply explain art law as an arts manager than Christina!’ I hope you enjoy our conversation. Continue reading “In the Family: An Art Law Interview with Christina Pannos”

Panel Announcement: A Response to Genocide: Exploring Collective Memory through Participatory Arts

By Diana Freeberg, guest writer. Photo credit: “Anguish” by Krikor Khandjian.

When I was in high school, I remember reading a book called Where the Birds Never Sing. The book, written by Jack Sacco, was based off of the stories of his father, one of many soldiers to participate in the liberation of Dachau in 1945.

When I read this book, I had no concept of the term “genocide,” and I had no knowledge of its modern-day history.

Basically, I didn’t know it was still happening. Continue reading “Panel Announcement: A Response to Genocide: Exploring Collective Memory through Participatory Arts”

Getting to Know Megan Crigger, EALS Keynote

Megan Crigger, this year’s closing keynote, took the time to answer some tough questions for our blog. Her answers only make us more excited to welcome her at EALS 2016. Read the following Q & A for details on creating ArtCap, a micro-loan program for artists,  the kind of condiment Megan sees herself as, and more. You can read Megan’s bio here. Continue reading “Getting to Know Megan Crigger, EALS Keynote”

What’s Going On At EALS: Workshops, Networking, Performances and More!

EALS is less than two weeks away so it’s time to get you prepared for a full day at this year’s symposium. If you’ve been following us closely, you know we’ve been rolling out great panel line ups like Building a Community Using Arts Education and Organizational Renewal. But the symposium is much more than panels and keynotes… If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, get it today!

Colleague Connect: Quality over Quantity Networking

EALS welcomes arts leaders from all around the country, so we thought we should begin the day by getting to know each other! Rather than try to meet every single person (and struggle to keep them straight), we’ve designed a morning networking activity in which you’ll get to know a new group of colleagues beyond just what’s on your name tags. All you need to bring is a pen, and we’ll take care of the rest.

EALDC Resumé Review Table

Need to get your resumé on fleek just in time for graduation or an upcoming job transition? Join us in welcoming members of Emerging Arts Leaders DC as they provide expert tips in taking your resumé to the next level. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to spend your lunch hour networking with some of DC’s finest arts administrators.

PS – Instead of running out to find lunch during the break, let us order it for you. Reserve your $5 Cosi salad or sandwich here.


Afternoon Workshops

This year’s symposium will offer 3 lunchtime workshop opportunities! Join key members from Americans for the Arts or DreamYard Arts Center as they explore how to be an arts advocate, integrating social justice into your organization, and how we can continue to keep the arts relevant and impactful in our communities. You’ll leave these workshops with practical tools to carry with you as an arts leader.

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Renee Stout. See-Line Woman, 2009.

Katzen Museum Tours

Take a few minutes in the day to get lost in the museum. The American University Museum is a three-story public museum and sculpture garden located within the Katzen Arts Center. The four current exhibits feature female artists. They are Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure WomanCircle of FriendsImpact! The Legacy of the Women’s Caucus for Art, and Maggie Michael: A Phrase Hung in Midair as if Frozen.

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At the close of the day, we treat all of our attendees to a catered reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar (ask anyone who atteneded last year about the crab dip – it was devine). The reception also features music by violinist Philip Carter. It’s a great time to reflect on the day, speak to new friends, and share ideas over a glass of wine.

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