Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Network

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Hey Pittsburgh Arts Professionals,

I wanted to put a rare plug out there for you to consider joining Americans for the Arts, so that you can be a part of the national listserv of people like you around the country.  Below is a post from Stephanie Evans pointing out some helpful things of which you might want to be aware.  She posts this sort of thing quite frequently, and it’s just one example of how plugging in can help you.  Send her a note if you want to join, and she’ll give you details.  You can learn more about their membership on their website.

Hope you are well,


Hi ELs,

Still catching up on news and articles I’ve been holding onto.  Here are a few interesting ones for this week.  Happy reading!

  • David J. Linden (professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) wrote an opinion piece in the NYT, comparing the qualities of a leader with those of an addict.  According to him, when searching for our organization’s next leader, we should “look for someone with an attenuated dopamine function:  someone who is never satisfied with the status quo, someone who wants the feeling of success more than others – but likes it less.”  Why?  Science says so.
  • Carlos Velázquez Acuña wrote a blog piece about joining a board.  He makes some fantastic points, and outlines good questions to ask yourself before you commit to joining.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a transcript of a live, online discussion with two experts on nonprofit careers who answered questions about taking the next step in your career, and gives career planning advice.
  • Here are some tips to producing brilliant solutions and encouraging constructive dissent at the work place.
  • I just came across this toolkit the other day, and think  it’s worth sharing nationally – Texas Commission on the Arts has a fantastic online toolkit for Leadership Transitions.
  • Rosetta Thurman shares her process for deciding the next steps in her own career, and through sharing she offers a lovely perspective that I think connects back to why we all entered the nonprofit arts field in the first place – to make change and impact.  Highly recommend reading this one.

Stephanie Evans Hanson
Local Arts Agency Program Coordinator

Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Ave., NW — 10th Floor
Washington D.C., 20005
T – 202-371-2830 ext. 2036

Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 50 years of service, it is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.


2 responses to “

  1. Dan Rockwell August 13, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Thanks for sharing a link to one of my blog posts….encouraging constructive dissent. Many thanks.

    Dan Rockwell
    Leadership Freak

    BTW: I live in Williamsport, PA. We are almost neighbors

    • David Seals August 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      You’re most welcome. I particularly like the idea that “exposing smoke-blowers motivates people to prepare for meetings and discussions.” I think we’re all better when challenged to back up our ideas and opinions, especially when there is a context of safety for dialogue.

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