There’s less than a month to go before American University’s fifth annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium (EALS) which promises to be an engaging event with a record number of speakers and panels.

Photo: Cedric Terrell.
Photo: Cedric Terrell.

EALS caters to budding professionals in the arts and features networking opportunities, a keynote address, and professional development panels run by industry leaders. The event will be held at American University on April 15. “It is a one-day opportunity to not only learn and to network, but also to open doors for the future, for professional programs, academic degrees, and jobs,” says Vennesa Yung, EALS executive committee chair.

This year, EALS will culminate with a keynote address by Adrian Ellis, a well-known arts management expert and director of AEA Consulting. Ellis served as executive director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, before stepping down in 2011. “We are thrilled to bring him to DC from New York and to learn from his vast experience in international arts management,” says Yung.

To raise money and awareness about the symposium, the planning committee hosted a fundraiser in February at the local Studio Gallery for the second year in a row. According to Yung, the goals of the event were to publicize and fundraise for EALS, as well as to mingle with arts managers and enthusiasts in a welcoming, social setting. “We had over 70 people in attendance, and it was about double the size of the fundraiser last year,” Yung adds. “The size was appropriate because this year, EALS is larger and will include more panels and panelists than it has in the last four years.”

The panels will address diverse topics including international arts management, creative collaborations, running start-up nonprofits, communication in the arts, and nonprofit management. Chad Bauman, the associate director of marketing and membership at the Smithsonian Associates, will deliver EALS’ first plenary address. “We are honored to have Chad Bauman, most recently with Arena Stage and now with the Smithsonian Institution, who is a leader in marketing and communications in the arts world, ” Yung says.

Don’t miss this year’s symposium. Registration for the 2012 EALS is still open. Visit the EALSwebsite for more information.

After April, arts managers can continue EALS-inspired discussions through EALS’ many social media channels, including its blogTwitterFacebook feeds.