The 6th annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium was a huge success. Over 220 attendees, speakers, and professionals arrived at the Katzen Arts Center from all over the nation to discuss the issues that affect today's arts organizations. We thank you all for attending and joining the conversation, and we invite you to join us again next year. For more about the symposium, check out our EALS blog and 2013 EALS Podcasts, including plenary and keynote presentations from Karen Brooks Hopkins and Aaron Dworkin.
EALS 2013 Panels: 2013 Packet
Aaron P. Dworkin
EALS was very proud to announce that the keynote speaker for the 6th annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium is Aaron Dworkin, an arts leader widely known for his expertise and work in cultural and artistic diversity. Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, a former member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Dworkin is the Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music.
Karen Brooks Hopkins, 2013 Plenary
2013 Opening Plenary:
Karen Brooks Hopkins
Karen Brooks Hopkins is the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she has worked since 1979. Since taking over as president of BAM in 1999, Hopkins has led the organization with stunning competency, riding the waves of financial and philanthropic ups and downs. The annual attendance has exploded, the budget has over doubled, and the organization’s endowment has almost tripled to over $80 million. She has also introduced a number of new programs. Such programs include educational programs that serve children, underprivileged teens and senior citizens. In 2004, she unveiled an $8.6 million restoration that returned the iconic BAM neo-Classical building to its former glory. Hopkins has also partnered with Robert Redford to establish the Creative Latitude Festival, which brought Sundance Film Festival winners to BAM.
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 Rachel Goslins, Ben Cameron, and Bob Lynch.
See EALS 2013 wrap-up: Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium a Big Success
Steven Dawson, Executive Chair
Raynel Frazier, Communications Officer
Katie Caruso, Financial Officer
Markita Brooks, Operations Officer