Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

The Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium 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.



















EALS seeks to provide forums for students and young professionals from around the nation to engage in dynamic discussion with leaders in the field about the current and future issues facing the arts.




Realizing that there was no current forum for emerging arts leaders and arts management graduate students to come together to collaborate, network, and discuss issues, Michelle Grove, MA Arts Management, proposed the first Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium in 2008. What began as a capstone project has now grown into an essential event for emerging leaders to come together and bond as a national community.


EALS is now firmly established as an annual event attracting over 200 participants and featuring diverse panelists, topics, and plenary/keynote speakers, including:


2015: Dr. Jane Chu (NEA) & Howard Herring (New World Symphony

2014: Francesca Zambello (WNO & Glimmerglass Opera), Russell Willis Taylor (NAS), & Jamie Bennett (ArtPlace America

2013: Karen Brooks Hopkins (BAM) & Aaron Dworkin (Sphinx Organization)

2012: Chad Bauman (Arena StageMilwaukee Rep) & Adrian Ellis (AEA Consulting)

2011: Rachel Goslins (President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities)

2010: Ben Cameron (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, TCG)

2009: Bob Lynch (Americans for the Arts)






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Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

c/o Sherburne Laughlin

Katzen Arts Center at American University, Room 215

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20016



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