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Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium


Next spring, the 10th annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium will be held at American University. As we mark this milestone, we are taking a moment to reflect back on what has led us here, both as individuals and as a field of arts managers. While there is much to recognize and commemorate, it is not a time to rest on our laurels. Rather, this is an opportunity to look ahead and actively pursue a future that is inclusive, sustainable, and in which the arts are celebrated and woven throughout all of our lives.


Our 2017 theme, Focus Forward, is a call to action, a rally to use our collective strength and potential to not only envision the future, but to make it so. It is the chance to ask “what’s next?” and then to see it through. The success of the arts is dependent upon those who are willing to do the work, face the challenges, and participate in a collaborative effort to promote the arts for everyone. We hope you will join the conversation.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stay tuned for tickets, keynote, and panel info - coming soon!

Visit EALSATAU.ORG for more information.

About EALS

EALS is an annual meeting for young professionals who work in the arts —organized, executed, and run by AU Arts Management students. It is an opportunity to discuss the issues, unique or universal, that affect all arts organizations. Past keynote speakers have included Jane Chu, Howard Herring, Francesca Zambello, and Bob Lynch.

Executive Committee

EALS Executive Committe

AmyJo Foreman, Jenni Amis, Helene Genetos, Sarah Hewitt, Tori Sharbaugh, Zenia Simpson (Class of 2016) 

Emily Hirsch, Christopher McCloskey, Haley Powell, David Travis (Class of 2017)