Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

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The Truth about Emerging Arts Leaders…

…is that we’re all emerging arts leaders.

Lets face it, the arts as we know them are always changing all the time. Anyone in the arts field whether you create it, write about it, produce it, critique it, manage it, advocate for it or promote it needs to stay relevant, to stay current, and to check out the trends, share their wisdom, and learn new things. “Keeping it green” wasn’t always about taking the environmental track; it is about staying fresh, staying current, remaining teachable. We work in a field where to adapt is to evolve is to last. If you ever feel that you’ve learned everything you need to know, you’ve failed your field.

The Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium is for the benefit of those new to the field and those who’ve been running arts organizations since before arts management was a degree. We need and want to learn from you, and if you open your mind, you just might learn from us too.

Buy tickets to the symposium HERE or if you’re feeling gun shy and want to meet us first, get tickets to our benefit, drink some wine and we’ll chat you up HERE.

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As in if you come to EALS, listen up, speak up, chat up, and look up, you will find yourself better prepared to go forth and search, find, and LAND that sucker! Please send us love letters of your success stories and know that while the journey is rough.. with EALS it’s paved with cookies and hugs.


And yes, if you ask specifically, we will give you advice on what to wear. I’ll be Stacy and Ethan will be Clinton. Arts Mangers What to Wear coming to TLC 2024.

Is beauty adaptive?

As arts managers we’re in the business of beauty. Aesthetics are important to us. Preserving them, understanding them, honoring them, honing them, creating them, accessing them… we may not all agree about what is beautiful, but we certainly know much of art, whether it is making cultural commentary or seeking shock value, gives us pleasure to behold.

Denis Dutton speaks in this incredible TED talk (with help from the absolutely amazing Andrew Park. If you haven’t seen it already, his latest video of Iain McGilchrist’s “The Divided Brain” is amazing) about beauty and the incredible history of the artistic need for creating and celebrating beautiful art objects. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s a gift, according to Dutton, deep within our minds handed down from ancestral celebration of human intelligent skills and an emotional connection that pre-dates language. As arts managers we are important, arguable essential, in the preservation and innovation of beauty.

As an arts manager what do you think of Dutton’s Darwinian theory of beauty? How can we use this understanding of beauty and it’s connection to our emotional center to protect and advocate for our arts organizations?

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