Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

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Panel Announcement: Building a Community: Using Arts Education to Empower Youth Voice

In partnership with Americans for the Arts, we are presenting Building a Community: Using Arts Education to Empower Youth Voice. The arts are vital to community development. The education of young people is a responsibility of our communities. How can we leverage the transformative power of the arts to build youth voice? How can youth voice inform our creative communities? These questions and more will be at the center of the conversation with national leaders in arts education and community development. With the burgeoning field of Creative Youth Development, learn about the most effective programs and strategies which fuel the national movement to empower student voice through the arts. Meet the incredible docket of speakers below. Continue reading “Panel Announcement: Building a Community: Using Arts Education to Empower Youth Voice”

DC + ART is ONE Day Away!

We can’t believe that DC + ART is only one day away! If you haven’t yet, be sure to get your ticket NOW since only a handful of tickets are left and their price goes up tomorrow! Continue reading “DC + ART is ONE Day Away!”

EALS 2016: + ART Theme & Poll

The EALS Committee is excited to present the EALS 2016 theme: + ART! As arts leaders, we often have to make the case that art is an important factor in every aspect of life. + ART is about including art in the pertinent conversations happening in our society today whether it’s about open data, social justice, or what happened at the VMA’s. This year, to start these conversations before the Symposium on March 6th, we’re launching EALS Polls. Every Friday, we want to hear directly from you about current trends you care about in the arts field and the larger communities in which we serve and operate. Can’t wait to hear what we all have to say! Continue reading “EALS 2016: + ART Theme & Poll”

The New EALS Executive Committee

We are so excited to announce our new executive committee for the 2016 Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium! Learn more about the committee members and our summer plans as we prepare for #EALSummer! Continue reading “The New EALS Executive Committee”

Announcing the New EALS Executive Chair!

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Chair, AmyJo Foreman!

Continue reading “Announcing the New EALS Executive Chair!”

My Day at the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium (Guest Blog)

On the eve of EALS, my mind was not on arts management. I had assignments to finish, summer plans to finalize, and projects to plan. But the next morning, all of that changed. Continue reading “My Day at the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium (Guest Blog)”

Arts Education Advocacy Panelist Announcement

AFTAArts Education Advocacy Panel

We’re here to announce the remaining panelists for this year’s Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium! For the Arts Education Advocacy panel, EALS is proud to be partnering with Americans for the Arts to bring a panel on leadership and advocacy for arts education. Continue reading “Arts Education Advocacy Panelist Announcement”

Outreach Outcomes and Arts in Post-Crisis Areas Panelist Announcement

We’re back to announce the panelists for two more of our EALS panels! Continue reading “Outreach Outcomes and Arts in Post-Crisis Areas Panelist Announcement”

Back to Black Panel Announced

You asked for it!  Our most popular panel based on our poll earlier this year was Back to Black: Achieving and Maintaining Financial Stability and now we’re announcing the esteemed art managers who will discuss how they turned their organizations around from the red and into the black, securing the future of these prominent art organizations for years to come. Read more about our awesome panelists below, and don’t forget to purchase your tickets for EALS here now!

Marc Eisenberg

marcMarc Eisenberg has served as the Executive Director of the Washington Bach Consort since June 2009.  Prior to his appointment at WBC, Marc spent five years at CTSG/Kintera, Inc. helping large non-profits such as the Lance Armstrong Foundation, The Aspen Institute, and the United Nations meet their financial and marketing goals. Marc’s involvement in arts administration began in the early 1990s after graduating from George Washington University. Marc helped lead George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, presented jazz with the Charlin Jazz Society, collaborated on a music exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, assisted a regional touring rock band, and worked for well-known music producer (John Alagia), among other positions.

Michael Mael


Michael L. Mael was appointed Executive Director of Washington National Opera in July 2011 upon its affiliation with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  He joined WNO in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for all financial and day to day operations of the company.  Under his leadership, the organization returned to financial stability following more than a decade of losses. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mael worked for nearly five years for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as Vice President of the BSO at Strathmore. Mr. Mael received his AB from Brown University and his MBA from Stanford University.

Patricia Wilson Aden

Patricia Wilson Aden  photoPatricia Wilson Aden is currently the President and CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia where she previously served as the Senior Vice President of Operations. She has an extensive background in executive nonprofit management, having previously served as the Executive Director of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and President of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. Patricia currently serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. Aden holds a BA from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and an MA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  Her further accolades include an honorary doctorate from Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia.

Jenny Bilfield, Moderator


Jenny Bilfield was appointed Washington Performing Arts’ President and CEO in April 2013. Ms. Bilfield has been recognized among the “30 Key Influencers in the Arts: Movers and Shakers” by Musical America and as one of the “117 Most Powerful Women in Washington” by Washingtonian Magazine.  Previously, Ms. Bilfield was Artistic & Executive Director of Stanford Lively Arts and Artistic Director of Stanford Live at Stanford University.  She has held numerous leadership roles in the arts, including the Presidency of music publisher Boosey & Hawkes. As Executive Director of the National Orchestral Association and founder of the New Music Orchestral Project, Ms. Bilfield received an Adventuresome Programming award from ASCAP, and the Helen M. Thompson Orchestra Leadership award from the League of American Orchestras. She is a member of the Federal City Council in Washington, and on the Steering Committee for ArtsActionDC.

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