Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Network

Connecting emerging arts managers with skill-building and leadership development resources.

“Emerging” Job Opportunity: Marketing & Special Events Associate

Though we don’t often post job opportunities via this website, the following opportunity is especially suited to someone interested in breaking into the arts industry…

Attack Theatre seeks a Marketing and Special Events Associate (Part-Time), reporting to the Executive Director. Must be self-motivated, well-organized, be able to work independently in a fast-paced setting and be a personable team player.

Learn more: http://attacktheatre.com/people/employment


Met-tricks! Data tools = RESULTS

Monday, May 7, 2012, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Hillman Center for Performing Arts
423 Fox Chapel Road, North Hills

Register online or call 412.394.3353


Numbers got you down? Learn tried-and-true tricks from the field as arts professionals present innovative ways to APPLY data. Four different arts professionals will share their experience, methods and metrics. Examples will include a regression model used to accurately predict attendance to performances in the Cultural District, ways to quantify your artistic impact on audiences, and practical examples of how to leverage The Cultural Data Project and the Pittsburgh Arts Community Database once you’ve entered your data.

Afterwards, stick around for an open forum allowing all attendees and panelists to explore the benefits and challenges data usage presents in the context of their organizations.and practical examples of how to leverage The Cultural Data Project and the Pittsburgh Arts Community Database once you’ve entered your data.

Register online or call 412.394.3353. $5 advanced, $7 at Door; includes two drink tickets and light bites.

National Emerging Leader Blog Salon – Begins Today

This week, join your arts peers around the country in a virtual conversation on Artsblog, where the Emerging Leaders Network will have a discussion about Leveraging Impact for the Future.  Americans for the Arts has invited leaders of local Emerging Leaders Networks across the country (just like Pittsburgh’s) to create blog posts that focused on the idea of change by examining four major areas of our work:  advocacy; civil discourse; public, private, and social sector partnerships; and nonprofit and arts leadership development.

This week, these bloggers will answer questions such as:

  •  How does your community spark development in the four areas of our work at the local level?
  • How can our organizations and communities leverage arts patronage and arts participation into broader community-based solutions to economic and social problems?
  • What actions must emerging leaders and networks take now to push the arts sector into a sustainable and socially meaningful future?
  • In what ways must tomorrow’s arts leaders also serve as community leaders?
  • Please read along, comment, and share your own thoughts along the way about what’s going on in your organizations and communities. We look forward to hearing what you all think!

Questions? Contact Stephanie Evans Hanson, Leadership Development Program Manager for Americans for the Arts, at 202.371.2830 or by email.

A Full Ride to San Antonio’s Americans for the Arts Convention

Just b/c you’re new as an arts manager, doesn’t mean you can’t go to national conventions. You need ideas and connections arguably more! Apply for a scholarship to go to the American’s for the Arts Convention in San Antonio this June. Deadline tomorrow, February 24!

Seriously, cancel your evening plans and write this scholarship application. If you get it, you’ll get free airfare, hotel and convention registration. You can’t get it if you don’t apply.

Film Screening, Theater Night, and More

Check out these ways to connect with other young professionals in the coming weeks. Film screenings, theatre nights, and discussions about energy and immigration: http://www.newpittsburghcollaborative.org/announcements.html


YWCA Miss Representation Film Screening and Talk-Back, Feb 3rd
Don’t miss the YWCA’s screening of the nationally-buzzed-about, Sundance-featured documentary – Miss Representation!

Get a fresh look at how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to their underrepresentation in positions of power and influence. Discover how, together, we can effect change.

Presented by the YWCA and the YWCA Young Leaders Board in partnership with Point Park University

When: Friday, February 3, 2012

Reception: 5:15 – 6:15pm, Screening: 6:30pm, Panel Discussion: 8:15-9:30pm

Tickets: $50, $20, $5

More info: www.ywcapgh.org

Immigration Workshop 
Join Vibrant Pittsburgh, Cohen & Grigsby, GlobalPittsburgh and the Immigration Law Clinic for the February 22 Immigration Workshop, an event designed to help international students from the Pittsburgh Region navigate the transition from F1 to H1B visa. Students and graduates, university administrators and regional employers interested in connecting with international talent are all encouraged to join this event.
When: Wednesday, February 22, 3pm to 5pm with networking reception to follow

Where: University of Pittsburgh (University Club, Ballroom B, 123 University Place, Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA).

Cost: Free!

Register here

More information: Call Vibrant Pittsburgh at at 412-281-8600 or visit www.vibrantpittsburgh.org

Quarterly Event: Pittsburgh’s Energy Future – 2012
The Young Professionals in Energy Pittsburgh Section is hosting a unique roundtable discussion on the energy sector’s business outlook for the upcoming year. The event will be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry on February 28th. Attendees at the event will experience a networking event, full dinner, and opportunity to ask questions of leading business minds in the region’s business sector after the main roundtable discussion. Last year’s event sold out quickly, so be sure to reserve your seat immediately.

When: February 28, 2012 – beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry

Cost: FREE
More Info and RSVP: Go to http://www.ypenergy.org/en/cev/1037

Through the Night – City Theater
This kinetic one-man show tells six intersecting stories about what it means to be a black man in America today. Equal parts poetry and soul, this virtuosic feat of acting portrays a range of eclectic characters – a precocious 10-year-old boy, an overweight bishop, a college student escaping the projects, and more. Each unforgettable voice reveals the hope, courage, and determination we all need to make it through the night. The New York Times calls Through the Night “a thing of beauty.”

When: Through Sunday, Feb. 5.

Where: City Theater Mainstage, 1300 Bingham St, Pittsburgh, PA
Tickets and more info: www.citytheatrecompany.org 

Holiday Parties, Professional Development and More

Looking for chances to meet other young professionals from the business and nonprofit communities? Be sure to check out this month’s listing of opportunities. This month’s listing includes:

These announcements are brought to you by the New Pittsburgh Collaborative, Where Young Professionals Connect. The New Pittsburgh Collaborative (NPC) is a diverse network of civically-engaged, young-minded organizations that encourages regional progress through sharing information, pooling resources and facilitating dialogue. We connect organizations and their members to each other, to the greater community and to relevant regional development initiatives, while serving as a central point of access and communication to and for young professional Pittsburgh.  Learn more at www.NewPittsburghCollaborative.org.

Help Bring the Arts to a Rust Belt Revival Discussion





I’m going to challenge you to go to a conference, right here in your backyard. Hear me out.

It’s easy for “the arts” to get characterized as elitist, sometimes even by well-meaning workers from other parts of the nonprofit sector.  This makes it all the more important for us to roll up our sleeves alongside those who are meeting our region’s challenges, so that we can add the powerful tools of the arts to their good work.

The Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE) is hosting its annual conference in Pittsburgh this week, titled Green-Lightening Neighborhoods. The agenda is packed with times for learning and discussion about how we make our region strong, and it would be incredible to have some Emerging Arts Leaders involved.

For details, visit the conference website.  If you plan to go, let me know!

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.

Young Professional Events – Happy Hour, Bach & Brunch, and Theatre!

These upcoming events are brought to you by the New Pittsburgh Collaborative!


Shalom Pittsburgh Summer Happy Hour: Part II

Join Shalom Pittsburgh for a drink and a special raffle at the Summer Happy Hour:  Part II!  Drink specials to be announced.  RSVP appreciated but not required.

When: Thursday, August 4 / 6:00pm
Where: Double Wide Grill (2339 East Carson St, 15203)
Contact: Ann Cloutier / 412.992.5255 / 234 McKee Place, 15213


Shalom Sundays in the Park

Join Shalom Pittsburgh during the summer months for Bach, Beethoven and Brunch in Mellon Park.  We’ll provide a blanket and snacks, but feel free to bring your own!  Meet us near the Bagel Factory table and look for people wearing Shalom Pittsburgh t-shirts!

When: Sunday, August 14 / 10:30am
Where: Mellon Park
Contact: Ann Cloutier / 412.992.5255 / 234 McKee Place, 15213


Preview Party at the Pittsburgh Public Theater

This summer Happy Hour will give you an exclusive sneak peek at our upcoming plays and special events. The Happy Hour includes: A preview of the 2011-2012 line-up with Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas; One-night only, exclusive savings on season tickets; A chance to win a whole year of Public Theater tickets and pre-show dining at some of the Cultural District’s hottest restaurants.

When: Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:00-8:30pm
Where: O’Reilly Theater, Downtown
Tickets: $10 per guest includes beer, wine, munchies, and musical entertainment.
Purchase tickets by clicking here or call 412.316.1600


New Pittsburgh Collaborative: Where Young Professionals Connect
The New Pittsburgh Collaborative (NPC) is a diverse network of civically-engaged, young-minded organizations that encourages regional progress through sharing information, pooling resources and facilitating dialogue. We connect organizations and their members to each other, to the greater community and to relevant regional development initiatives, while serving as a central point of access and communication to and for young professional Pittsburgh.  Learn more at www.NewPittsburghCollaborative.org

The NPC Announcements are emailed on or near the 1st and 15th of each month.  Submissions are welcome anytime from NPC friends and members, and are due to npcannounce@gmail.com by 5 days before the blast for inclusion. (Don’t wait for the request!) 

We hope to see you at an event soon!

Let’s Talk About Some New Ideas

Last week, the national Emerging Leaders network hosted a Blog Salon designed to bring out some of the great things your arts management peers have been doing around the country. These posts will make you think…and probably make you laugh.  It’s really important that we, as Pittsburghers, have our finger on the pulse of the national conversation. So please set aside some time right now to read a few of these posts.

I’d love to get together with any of you and talk about these ideas, too!  I’m planning to hang out at the Crazy Mocha in the Cultural District on Thursday, August 18 at 8 am to talk with anyone who wants to discuss this stuff.  Please RSVP to let me know if you’re coming.

Robbie Q. Telfer, one of several bloggers for the salon


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