Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

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Panel Announcement: Concurrent Roles Leaders who are Artists First

Many managers are artists first, leading their organizations with a deep, personal knowledge of what it takes to foster and manage creativity. This panel explores the how and why of artists who have transitioned into a leadership role, examining how their artistic background has been a benefit to their success in steering unique organizations and projects. These leaders will share their insights on the importance of maintaining their artistic practice while navigating between the roles of artist and manager. Continue reading “Panel Announcement: Concurrent Roles Leaders who are Artists First”


Panel Announcement: Hitting Refresh On Your Organization

There comes a time when organizations need to take a step back and evaluate their work, how it aligns with their mission and purpose, and how to improve and grow. It is not an easy task, nor one that most employees want to undertake, but it is an essential move for some. It can come from a need to change locations, to capitalize on the experience economy we live in, or a need to capture a new market through a rebranding Continue reading “Panel Announcement: Hitting Refresh On Your Organization”

Keynote Announcement: Megan Crigger

With the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium fastly approaching, we’re excited to announce our second keynote speaker Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Office of Culture and Creative Services. Read her full bio below. Continue reading “Keynote Announcement: Megan Crigger”

An Astronaut’s Perspective: Why STEAM Matters

The following is a conversation between a father and daughter on the importance of a STEAM education. Mike Foreman, a former NASA astronaut, flew on space missions STS-123 and STS-129, logging more than 26 days in space and over 32 hours of extravehicular activity. His daughter, AmyJo Foreman, is this year’s EALS Director and has not logged any hours in space… yet.

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Panel Announcement: Labor Unions and Their Role in the Arts

We often discuss the arts in regard to the impact on our community, well-being, education system and economy. Recently, discussion of the role and rights of art workers has become a more prominent aspect of the conversation. The great paradox of art being priceless is that it can come at a great cost to artists and the laborers employed by arts institutions. In the face of an organization’s financial distress, who can ensure that artists and laborers are guaranteed consistent work and pay, appropriate working conditions, and a pension plan that won’t be threatened? Who speaks up to ensure an equitable relationship between artists and management?

EALS brings together different thought-leaders from various disciplines whose primary work focuses on these issues.  This panel explores labor unions in the arts from the perspectives of a formal union for theater musicians, informal labor unions like Museum Workers Speak, and labor unions from the perspective of the arts organization.

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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”

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is upon us and, if you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling to put something together for V-Day. Whether it’s finding the perfect gift for your boo or simply celebrating singlehood, we have a couple of holiday favorites to share.  You might be out of time to have a nude, charcoal portrait completed for your S.O., but don’t sweat it. There are plenty of other options.

For the movie lovers: Head over to E Street Cinema to see all 5 Oscar nominated short films in one sitting. Cuddle up next to the love of your life or the largest chocolate bar of your life. This weekend might be too cold to wear shorts, but it’s never too cold to watch ‘em. Showings at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.


Commonwealth Improv Team at WIT

If you’re going out Saturday night, Washington Improv Theater is prepared to “warm your cockles.” Stop by the DC Arts Center at 7:30 and 9:30 for their Wintry Mix performances which are sure to improv your love life. (PS – If you like what you see at WIT, you’ll love hearing Artistic and Executive Director, Mark Chalfant, speak at EALS Match 6th!)

Interested in getting an intimate look at someone else’s love life? According to the New York Times, Studio Theatre’s production of Constellations is “sexy,” “accessible,” and “so emotionally devastating.” To let yourself miss this love story between a physicist and a beekeeper would be a-pollen.

On Sunday nights at Vinoteca, you can enjoy live Flamenco dancing and music. When you start to feel sad at your inability to stomp your feet in such a fast, beautiful manner, fill the void with delicious nibbles and wine.

Planning a last-minute trip to NYC? Send a cryptic, art-focused Valentine’s Day e-card and then whisk them away to New York City. Kick-off your day at MoMa for a candlelit wine reception and a private tour of their permanent collection and The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters, which explores the rise of nightlife culture and pleasures of Belle Époque Paris, to round out the visit.


Hearts of Hearts by Collective-LOK in Times Square

Before you head back home, be sure to visit the public art project by Collective-LOK, winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, curated by the Center for Architecture. Titled Heart of Hearts, you can duck into one of the mirrored hearts that open to create kissing booths to give your sweetie a kiss in the crossroads of the world. Don’t forget it’s also NYFW if you want to celebrate art in all of its forms!

I hope you have an awesome and art-full Valentines Day!

by AmyJo Foreman

8 Tips for Reaching Your Career Goals In 2016

We’re a month into the New Year and if you’re anything like myself, you’ve probably completely forgot about 90% of your resolutions. So this is the perfect time to check in one one major goal: advancing in your career. Whether you’re just starting the job search or looking to advance in your current organization, these tips can help you get organized and get focused on accomplishing your career goals this year. Continue reading “8 Tips for Reaching Your Career Goals In 2016”

Travel Blog: The Middle East (Part 2)

I ended on Doha where a more conservative population is run by a very cosmopolitan royal family. The sheikhs have been making news in the last few years for their acquisition of blockbuster auction lots. The Qatar Museum Authority (QMA) opened the Museum of Islamic Art in 2008, and it remains their crown jewel. As they rebuild the Zayed National Museum with a new vision and brand following a fire at the old museum, QMA has wasted no time in opening smaller spaces like an artist-in-residence studio space with an onsite gallery in a former fire station. Compared to Dubai, this is a museum and exhibition space city. Here the galleries are less the focus, but not invisible. There are galleries sprinkled throughout the major tourist and social areas especially in the recently opened Katara Cultural Village just outside the city center. I stumbled upon the 2nd Annual European Jazz Festival opening night where combos from Austria and Germany followed the dignitary-filled opening remarks. It was promising to see the mix of locals and expats. Here the mix was closer to 25:75, which is more than you see anywhere else in the region. Katara Cultural Village lives up to its name featuring an opera house, an amphitheater, a handful of galleries and plenty of room for growth. Qatar seems to understand that you need an infrastructure behind the museums to spur any kind of progress.

As you can see, I have a love for the region and a skeptical approach to these projects despite my strong desire for them to succeed. Doha lived up to the hope for the region on its arts projects, but it reminded me that something was missing from these projects, the locals. As great as the governments’ interest in promoting the arts and exerting soft power is, who is to benefit from it: the locals, expats and/or visitors? So far it seems like there is no roll for the locals in the arts, and there is no interest coming from the locals to have a role.

I do hope that you work the Middle East into your travels someday. Parts of the region are safe and inviting. In time, the rest of the region will settle and will be eager for you to come learn its history and its heritage, inshallah (or God willing, the ending Muslims add when speaking about the future and their hopes).

Helene’s Top Ten Cultural Things To Do in the Gulf

  1. Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
  2. Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai
  3. Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha
  4. Katara Cultural Village, Doha
  5. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
  6. Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Dubai
  7. Al Quoz neighborhood (galleries outside Al Serkal), Dubai
  8. Fire Station and the Garage Gallery, Doha
  9. Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, Doha
  10. Ethihad Modern and Antiques Galleries,  Abu Dhabi
  11. Ski Dubai*

*Kidding, but it is a fascinating look at society and people watching.

by Helene Genetos

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