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What is EALS?

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.


When is the Symposium?

The 2023 Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2023.

Where will the symposium be held?

The Katzen Arts Center at American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20016

What are the Mask Policy and Vaccination Requirements?

Masks are optional in most campus locations.  If a member of our community asks others to mask when in close contact with one another, please treat these requests with respect and give them full consideration. 

Are there Dining Services at the Symposium? 

Yes! One box lunch is included with each Symposium ticket purchase. It includes a sandwich or wrap, chips, whole fruit, and a dessert. Water and assorted juices will be available. Please note: sandwiches include a chicken salad sandwich, bbq chicken sandwich, deli turkey sandwich, and turkey avocado BLT. We will have two vegetarian options, a Mediterranean veggie sandwich and a Fuji apple salad. We cannot accommodate any additional dietary restrictions. Purchase of a Sweet 16th Celebration ticket also gives access to refreshments and an open bar after the Symposium at 5:00pm. 

How can I get to the Symposium?

Parking: The Katzen Arts Center is located on Massachusetts Avenue NW across from the main campus. When you arrive at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW and Glover Gate, turn into the Katzen Parking garage and follow the signs to level P2. Parking is free on weekends and after 5:00 pm on weekdays in the Katzen's underground garage (metered 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays).


Metro & AU Shuttle Bus: Take the red line metro, towards Shady Grove, to Tenleytown-AU. From the Tenleytown/AU Metrorail red line east exit (escalator or elevator), simply walk straight ahead 100 feet to the bus stops at the corner of Albemarle and 40th Streets. The AU shuttle runs on regular intervals and is free of charge.



  • N4 and N6 pass the Katzen on Massachusetts Ave.

  • M4 and N2 pass the Katzen on Nebraska Ave. at Ward Circle

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Where should I stay while in DC?

Here is a list of hotels recommended by American University:


Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion                                      Holiday Inn Georgetown

4300 Military Road, NW                                                                         2101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW                       Washington, DC 20015                                                                          Washington, DC 20007

Driving directions                                                                                   Driving directions

Phone: 202-362-9300                                                                             Phone: 202-338-4600


Hilton Garden Inn                                                                              Marriott Wardman Park

7301 Waverly Street                                                                                2660 Woodley Road, NW

Bethesda, MD 20814                                                                              Washington, DC 20008

Driving directions                                                                                    Driving directions

Phone: 301-654-8111                                                                              Phone: 202-328-2000


Doubletree Hotel Bethesda                                                           Courtyard Chevy Chase

8120 Wisconsin Avenue                                                                         5520 Wisconsin Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814                                                                              Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Driving directions                                                                                   Driving directions

Phone: 301-652-2000                                                                              Phone: 301-656-1500


In general, staying in the neighborhoods of Tenleytown, Chevy Chase, Georgetown, or Dupont Circle will keep in close proximity of the Symposium. 


I'm going alone, will it be easy to network with people there?

Yes! There will be both formal and informal ways to get to know the other attendees. EALS welcomes guests from across the country and is a great chance to meet new friends and colleagues! The Sweet 16th Celebration and Silent Auction right after the Symposium is also the best time to personally connect with our guest speakers and arts leaders in the field, so make sure you get the Reception tickets as well! 

I still have more questions. Who can I contact?

Feel free to send us an email at

Know Before You Go!



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