The Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium (EALS) is held each spring at American University, giving students and young professionals who work in the arts an opportunity to engage in dynamic discussion with peers and experienced leaders in the field about the issues, unique or universal,
that affect arts organizations.
The symposium is organized and executed by AU Arts Management graduate students. Past keynote speakers have included Melissa Chiu, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Deborah Rutter, Dr. Jane Chu, Howard Herring, Francesca Zambello, Jamie Bennett, and Bob Lynch.
On March 29, 2020, the 13th annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium will take place with the theme Finding Your Purpose as an Arts Leader.