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EALS 2023 
Panels and Activities

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Copy of IMG_4885 - Israel Jimenez
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Copy of kbgPortrait_ccexpress - Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell
Copy of Simone Headshot - Simone Isham
Copy of 1711-an-interview-with-james-gardiner-at-signature-theatre-300x300-1 - James Gardi
Copy of Urshula Dunn Headshot - Urshula Dunn
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Headshot-Anna Schuttenhelm - Anna Schuttenhelm
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Panels & Workshops

Morning I.D.E.A.s: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Engagement

Arts organizations are building more staff positions that prioritize inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. These roles can set a new standard for internal practices but the larger task is how these priorities are changing the ways in which organizations engage with their patrons. Join American University arts management professor, Ximena Varela, in conversation with Israel Jiménez, the newly appointed Director of EDIA and Community Engagement for Round House Theatre. The first session of our day will focus on what these new positions bring to the arts and how they are shaping engagement from an EDIA perspective.


Israel Jiménez- Director of EDIA and Community Engagement, Round House Theatre


Ximena Varela - Professor, Arts Management Program at American University

Art Cultivates Communities

Strong community engagement is the backbone of an impactful and sustainable nonprofit arts organization. The pandemic proves this truth as an imperative. To be engaged and relevant, arts leaders need innovative, responsive, and sustainable ways to serve and support those they serve, both in-person and online. Join us for a conversation with leaders in education and community engagement to explore how to manage and reimagine this work.


Dr. Genna Styles-Lyas: Director of Community Engagement and Equity, Americans for the Arts 

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell: Associate Director of Operations and Outreach at Antiracist Research and Policy Center, American University 

Kristina Friedgen: Director of Innovation and Engagement, Sitar Arts Center


Faith Smith- Finance Director, EALS

On-line Strategies for In-person Arts Engagement 

Evolving technologies and a global pandemic have accelerated the use and ubiquity of social networks, of connecting and communicating from a distance. But how might those technologies encourage and convince us to reconvene in shared spaces to experience art directly, together? Join us for a conversation with arts innovators to explore the new marketing habits of a hybrid world, and the ways we might reanimate in-person arts experience through on-line tools.


James Gardiner: Deputy Director of Marketing, Director of Creative Content; Signature Theatre

Simone Booker-Isham: Assistant Manager, Marketing - Social Media & Social Impact; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Urshula Dunn: Marketing and Communications Manager; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company


Lisette DuFore - Marketing and Communications Coordinator, EALS

How the Arts Uplift

Acknowledging the mental health crisis is critical. The arts can support those who are experiencing adversity in their mental health. Through different expressive outlets, these professionals discuss the importance of mental health awareness and their expertise in using art as a healing tool.


Carolyn Bartley - Program Manager for Creative Forces®: National Endowment for the Arts’ Military Healing Arts Network

Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, CSAC - registered and board-certified clinical art therapist

Andrea L. Blunt, MM, MT-BC, NMT - Music Therapist, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Intrepid Spirit Center Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Fort Belvoir, VirginiaI


Madeline Garland - Programming & Logistics Coordinator, EALS

Networking: Building Your Community

The word ‘networking’ may suggest images of individuals exchanging business cards or shaking hands, but none of these things happen without first building relationships. Join us as we make space to build those connections through conversation and shared interests. Facilitated by Danielle Van Hook, Director of Youth Theatre Programs at The Alden and co-host of the “There’s No Business Like…” Podcast, this session will allow participants to meet other arts leaders and actively engage in meaningful conversation.


Danielle Van Hook


Resource Fair 

Have you ever wondered if there were other arts managers identifying with your same interests? Do you wish you knew more about arts advocacy? Stop by the emerging arts leaders resource fair! The event will host tables from various membership organizations, arts advocacy groups, and other resources. Learn what's out there in the way of support!


Theatre Washington is an alliance of theatre organizations, theatre-makers, and theatre supporters that promotes and nurtures a creative, equitable, healthy, and diverse regional theatre community. Through collaborative partnerships and programs, Theatre Washington supports the Washington, DC-area’s professional theatre community to celebrate artistic achievement, strengthen the theatrical workforce, support institutional growth and advancement, and cultivate collective action. Theatre Washington’s core programs include: the Helen Hayes Awards, Theatre Week, Theatre Summit, Theatre Work, and the Taking Care Fund

Stop by and chat with the TheatreWashington team at their table next to the Katzen Rotunda!

Association of Arts Administration Educators

The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) is a membership organization representing the world's leading arts administration programs, all training and equipping students in arts leadership, management, entrepreneurship, cultural policy, and more. Our network of faculty and their alumni are the cornerstones of local arts communities across the globe. AAAE serves as a convener, a resource, and an advocate for formal arts administration education.

Stop by and chat with the AAAE team at their table next to the Katzen Rotunda!


CulturalDC supports innovative artists across all disciplines and makes their work accessible to diverse audiences. We provide unconventional space for relevant and challenging work that is essential to nurturing vibrant urban communities.Our driving values include: equity, inclusivity, people, transparency, diversity, collaboration, cultural competency, accountability, intentionality, investing resources, accessibility, safety, and relevancy.

We strive to “Make Space for Art”.

Stop by and chat with the CulturalDC team at their table next to the Katzen Rotunda!

Resume Reviews

EALS will host resume reviews during our lunchtime sessions. Sign up for a one-on-one review session with an arts-world expert. Space for this activity will be limited. Symposium attendees who are interested in resume reviews will need to sign up for a free slot when they purchase a ticket through eventbrite.



Amanda Kegu - Advancement Specialist, Constituent Engagement in the Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement
Anna Schuttenhelm - Corporate Relations Officer at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Andrew Taylor - Associate Professor and Program Director of Arts Management at American University

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