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The 2014 Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium boasts a roster of vibrant, dynamic speakers and panelists from DC and around the country. Running on the theme "Creatively Making Our Place," the seventh annual EALS will explore the ways in which arts leaders are energizing communities, forging new and meaningful partnerships, creating resilient organizational structures, and championing the vitality of the arts: read about this year's panel topics.

 

Meet Our 2014 Keynote Speakers!

Opening Keynote: Russell Willis Taylor Interviews Francesca Zambello

Francesca Zambello

Francesca Zambello is the Artistic Director of Washington National Opera. Previously she has served as its Artistic Advisor. She has directed many WNO productions, including Of Mice and Men (debut in 2001), Fidelio (2003), Die Walküre (2003 and 2007), Billy Budd (2004), Porgy and Bess (2005 and 2010), Das Rheingold (2006), Siegfried (2009), Salome (2010), and Show Boat (2013). Since September 2010 she has also been the Artistic and General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York.

An internationally recognized director of opera and theater, Zambello's work has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi, Royal Opera House, Munich State Opera, Paris Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and English National Opera. She has staged plays and musicals on Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre, BAM, the Guthrie Theater, Vienna's Raimund Theater, the Bregenz Festival, Sydney Festival, Disneyland, Berlin's Theater des Westens, and at the Kennedy Center.

Russell Willis Taylor

Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of National Arts Strategies since January 2001, has extensive senior experience in strategic business planning, financial analysis and planning, and all areas of operational management. Educated in England and America, she served as director of development for the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art before returning to England in 1984 at the invitation of the English National Opera (ENO) to establish the Company's first fund-raising department. During this time, she also lectured extensively at graduate programs of arts and business management throughout Britain. From 1997 to 2001, she rejoined the ENO as executive director.

Closing Keynote: Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a partnership among 14 foundations, 6 financial institutions, and 8 federal agencies dedicated to strengthening the field of creative placemaking, in which communities and their arts sectors work in partnership to shape their social, physical, and economic futures.

Until December 2013, Jamie was Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he was in charge of overseeing the agency's external affairs, which included the national rollouts of the "Our Town" grant program and of new partnerships with the US Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development.
 
His non-profit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee. Jamie received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.

(Read our speakers' full bios here)

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Time, Place, Registration

The 7th annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium will be held March 23, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Katzen Arts Center. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Register now for the 2014 Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium!

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 Rachel Goslins, Ben Cameron, and Bob Lynch.

See EALS 2013 wrap-up: Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium a Big Success

 

Executive Committee

EALS Executive Committe

Shannon Musgrave,
Executive Chair

Joshua Midgett,
Finance Chair

Heather Koslov,
Events Director

Laura London,
Marketing Coordinator

Jessica Ferey,
Executive Assistant

Christina Girardi,
Finance Assistant

Erin Clark,
Events Assistant

Hannah Wang,
Volunteer Coordinator

Charlie Rohlfs,
Marketing Consultant