So i was asked to join the Steering Committee of the Emerging Arts Leaders DC (EALDC)...and I said yes.
Last night was my first night acting in an official capacity, during the first steering committee meeting of the 2012-13 year.
I had attended EALDC events before, the main ones being several First Friday Lunches. It's an opportunity to grab a bite, chat, and network with other arts professionals in the area. EALDC also partnered with AU's Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, an annual event that happens the day before Americans for the Arts' (AFTA) Arts Advocacy Day.
If you're not familiar with EALDC, we are:
a volunteer-led initiative that provides professional development, networking, and information relevant to emerging arts professionals in the metropolitan Washington, DC areaAnd I was personally loving my fellow committee members, both veterans, as well as the other noobs like me. Anyway, I won't go on too much about what we discussed in the meeting. What was exciting was how quick "orientation" was and before I knew it, we were beginning to plan for the year, from First Friday Lunches, to Creative Conversation ideas. And, with the latter, the one we tentatively settled on was Philanthropy specifically regarding younger donors. This will be happening sometime late October, early November.
Creative Conversations are a special event dedicated to getting a discussion going. Last year's was held at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and titled Cultural Participation in a 2.0 World.
So I'm stoked!! This is the kind of work that I've been wanting to jump into more, particularly with regards to this side of the arts conversation. And the whole time I couldn't help but look around at the table and be glad that I have the opportunity and privilege to work with this tremendous and dynamic group.
And although this particular organization started out as a DC thing, the group was actually titled The DC Forum when it first started several years ago, it is now part of AFTA's Emerging Leaders Network:
The Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Program works to identify and cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America. It is an ideal way for new leaders to share their interests with others as they continue to develop their skills and their commitment to the arts. The Emerging Leader Program targets professionals who are either new to the field, with up to five years of experience, or are 35 years of age or younger.So if you're in the area, and interested in attending our events, definitely be in touch, and you can start by following or liking us on Facebook or Twitter:
- Tim Mikulski, EALDC Co-chair, Communications & Content Manager at AFTA
- Sunny Widman, EALDC Co-chair, Program Manager at National Arts Strategies
- Corinne Baker, Audience Engagement Manager at Washington Performing Arts Society
- Ellen Chenoweth, Managing Director at Dance Exchange
- Chelsey Christensen, Development Manager for Individual Giving/Marketing & PR Coordinator at Imagination Stage & Forum Theatre
- Ethan Clark, Independent Arts & Arts Education Consultant
- Helen Gineris, Events Manager at Cultural Tourism DC
- Angela Goerner, Development Director at Hamiltonian Artists
- Megan Pagado, Digital Communications & Outreach Manager at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
- Christi Esterly Schwarten, Executive Director at the Fairfax Choral Society
- Emily Travis, Communications & Government Affairs Associate - Association of Performing Arts Presenters
So that being said, hope to see you at event soon. And I'll definitely post about the upcoming Creative Conversation in October,
- J Street Jr