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The 2015 Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium will boast a roster of dynamic speakers and panelists from around the country. In its 8th year, the symposium builds on a legacy of annual excellence in bringing important topics for the future of arts management to the forefront. By inviting experts in the field to discuss our field’s unique issues, emerging arts leaders are better equipped to take on the arts landscape of the future. For updates on this year’s symposium, check out our blog!

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Meet Our 2015 Keynote Speakers!

Opening Keynote: Dr. Jane Chu

Jane Chu

Appointed this past June as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu has an extensive background in executive management and fundraising for the arts. Previous to her position at the NEA, Jane Chu was the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and oversaw the $413 million campaign to build the center. She holds bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music education from Southern Methodist University, a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University, and a PhD in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. We’re so excited for Jane Chu to be a keynote speaker at the symposium. To hold us all over until then, listen to Jane Chu speak about her plans for the NEA and the importance of art in her life here.

Closing Keynote: Howard Herring

Howard Herring

Howard Herring is a native of Oklahoma, a pianist by training, and now President and CEO of the New World Symphony. In 1986, he became Executive Director of the Caramoor Music Festival. Mr. Herring led that institution’s development of the Rising Stars program for young instrumentalists, Bel Canto at Caramoor for young singers, and a curriculum-based arts program integrating music and visual art into K-12 studies. Mr. Herring assumed leadership at the New World Symphony in 2001 with the charge of revitalizing the institution’s national and international profile and developing a new building designed to explore its unique experiential curriculum and cutting edge internet work. Under his leadership, the New World Symphony has been in residence at Carnegie Hall three times, once at the Kennedy Center, and once at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In July 2004, New World Symphony embarked on development of a new campus, a 21st century laboratory for generating new ideas about the way music is taught, presented, and experienced. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the campus encourages new forms of audience engagement and invites exploration of new performance formats. The building was completed on time and on budget and opened to national and international acclaim in January 2011. Watch Howard Herring discuss his love for his organization and its connection to the pulse of Miami here


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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.


Executive Committee

EALS Executive Committe

Erin Quinlan,
Executive Chair 

Laura London,
Vice Chair 

Colleen Holroyd,
Finance Director 

Sarah Hewitt,
Production Manager 

Helene Genetos,
Finance Coordinator 

Tori Sharbaugh & Zenia Simpson
Marketing Coordinators 

AmyJo Foreman & Jenni Amis
Programming Coordinators