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EALS Keynote: Adrian Ellis

This Sunday we are gratified to welcome Adrian Ellis to the halls of Katzen for our keynote speech at the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium. Ellis brings to us his wealth of personal experience in the arts management sector. The EALS team is so excited to present this talented arts manager that we’re opening up his keynote speech to the public. All are welcome to join us, April 15th, 5 pm, at the Katzen Arts Center in the Abramson Family Recital Hall to hear Mr. Ellis speak, free of charge.

For those of you who failed to register in advance, we can accommodate a few last minute additions, please be ready to pay your $35 registration fee via cash, check or credit card at the 9 – 10 am registration.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Adrian founded AEA in 1990. He recently returned to consulting full-time after serving as Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center from 2007 – 2011. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of The Conran Foundation, where he was responsible for planning and managing the establishment of the Design Museum in London, which opened on Butlers Wharf in 1989. Between 1981 and 1986, he was a civil servant in the UK Treasury and the Cabinet Office, where he worked on service-wide efficiency reviews and privatization, and for two years ran the office of the Economic Secretary to the Treasury (the Minister responsible for monetary policy and regulation of the banking sector). From 1980 to 1982, he was a College Lecturer in Politics at University College, Oxford, where he received his B.A. (first class) and M.A. degrees, before undertaking graduate studies at London School of Economics.

Adrian writes and lectures extensively internationally on management and planning issues in the cultural sector, and has published, lectured and organized conferences for The J. Paul Getty Trust, Demos, The Wallace Foundation, Grantmakers in the Arts, The Jerwood Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Sterling and Francis Clark Art Institute at Williams College, Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin, and the Australia Arts Council, among others. He is also a regular contributor to The Art Newspaper.

Adrian was a member of the Getty Leadership Institute’s advisory board from 2001 – 2007, and has served on the board of the Kaufman Center in New York, and Pathé Pictures, a film production company in London. He is a past member of the Governing Council of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales (1996 – 2000) and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Architecture Centre Committee (1997 – 2001). In May 2010, Adrian was a Scholar in Residence at Teachers College of Columbia University where he taught a graduate seminar series on ‘Special Topics in International Cultural Policy’.

Learn from Arts Management Legends

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.

Save the Date!


The 2012 EALS committee is excited to invite you to The Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium at American University in Washington, DC on Sunday, April 15, 2012. This is an annual meeting for young professionals who work in the arts — organized, executed, and run by AU Arts Management students. It is an opportunity to discuss the issues, unique or universal, that affect all arts organizations. Past keynote speakers have included Rachel Goslins, Ben Cameron, and Bob Lynch.


This year we’ll have three panels: Communicating the Arts – What Works, Running a Non-Profit in a For-Profit World, and Future Trends in Marketing leading up to our incredible keynote speaker, Adrian Ellis. Ellis, director of AEA Consulting and former Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, has written and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on management and planning issues in the cultural sector.

2012 EALS occurs right before Americans for the Arts 25th Arts Advocacy Day. This year’s EALS will be a great opportunity for arts administrators of all backgrounds and experiences to connect and discuss relevant issues in our ever changing art world.

EALS seeks to connect today’s arts with tomorrow’s leaders. Join us!

REGISTER here now: 
http://eals.eventbrite.com/The first 25 registrants can register at the discounted price of only $20! Email us at auartsymposium@american.edu if you have any questions.

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