Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Network

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

Pittsburgh Arts Happy Hour – Tonight!

Wednesday, June 22, 6-8 pm (Tonight!)
AVA Lounge, 5972 Baum Boulevard, East Liberty

Come to the third Happy Hour sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council‘s Emerging Arts Leaders Network! This time we’re gathering at Ava Lounge in East Liberty, next to the Shadow Lounge.

All arts (and arts-interested) professionals are welcome: fulltime, part-time or volunteer.  Whether you’re a new hire, a mid-level manager or a professional with years of experience, Happy Hour is a chance to connect with peers and learn what’s happening at a variety of arts organizations.

Chat with your comrades about challenges and triumphs, meet the people you didn’t know you needed, and sip a delicious beer or cocktail with a roomful of arts professions for brainstorming, networking, and spiritual sustenance.

Happy hour food and drink specials run from 6-8 pm.  Questions? Contact us!


Tune-in to the National Dialog Next Week


The following message comes from Stephanie at Americans for the Arts.  Even if you can’t make it to Annual Convention, check out the ways you can still pay attention to the national dialog!

David Seals
412.391.2060 x227


Hi ELs,

I always look forward to seeing and meeting so many of you at the Annual Convention every year.  Below is a schedule of activities related to leadership in the arts that will be taking place at the Convention.

If you are unable to attend Convention this year, there are still ways to engage with the conversation!  Follow ARTSblog for Convention updates at http://blog.artsusa.org/tag/annual-convention/.  New this year – We are also recording the professional development sessions at Convention.  You can find out more about Convention On-Demand here.

For those of you attending, please say hello to me at the following events!

  • Thursday, June 16
    9pm – 11pm:  Emerging Leader Mixers – sign-ups will be in Center Stage all day on Wednesday and Thursday.  Stop by and sign up to attend one of five mixers with an Emerging Leader Council member and other colleagues
  •  Friday, June 17
    8:30am – 10am:  Emerging Leader Peer Networking – This is a conversation you won’t want to miss.  The Emerging Leaders Council has planned a dynamic discussion where we will work together to highlight new ideas and emerging trends in the field.  This session will be the beginning of an initiative that will conclude with a Blog Salon in late July.

    10:30am – 12:00pm:  Demystifying Professional Development:  Benefits of Classroom vs. On the Job Learning – I’m really looking forward to this conversation with two of my favorite leaders in the field:  Ramona Baker and Letitia Ivins

     2:30pm – 4:00pm:  Career, Organization, & Community360 and One-to-One Coaching – We have expanded this popular series of roundtables and one-on-one conversations to include new conversations around community and the arts, and have more opportunities for you to participate in one-on-one coaching.  Stop by Center Stage early on Thursday to make sure you get a coaching or consulting slot if you want one!  Roundtable conversations will not require advance sign-up.

    6:45 – 8:30pm:  Emerging Leader Reception – The reception is located at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District.  Members of the Emerging Leaders Council will be in the lobby of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront with walking maps.  The gallery is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel.  Cabs will also be available if needed.  The Emerging Leaders Reception was made possible with the generous support of the University of Oregon.

  •  Saturday, June 18
    8:30am – 10am:  Migrating from Arts Leader to Community Leader – Make sure you stick around for this session!  It’s one I’ve been looking forward to all year, and will make you think differently about your role as arts administrator.
    10:30am – 11am:  One-to-One Coaching – We’re expanding this popular piece of our convention, but sign up early!  The slots are limited and will go fast.


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

Who in Pittsburgh is Doing Innovative Arts Stuff?

The Emerging Leader Council of Americans for the Arts is looking for the best and brightest thinkers and doers in the Pittsburgh community. We’re looking for great examples of innovative, on-the-ground projects or initiatives that deserve wider attention because of their potential to serve as a model for the rest of us. Tell us about something that someone in your community is doing that’s new, inspiring, and unique, and we may be able to get people talking about it!

Here are some examples of the kinds of things we have in mind:

  • An arts group that’s experimenting with an exciting new business model
  • An artist who is engaging with the broader (non-arts) community in creative ways
  • A new technology or innovation that has the potential to change how artists or arts organizations do their work
  • A programming strategy that is reaching radically different or underserved audiences – sustainably
  • A whole different way of conceptualizing what an arts organization can be, look like, or do

If you think of something fantastic that doesn’t fit into the boxes above, though, don’t worry – tell us anyway! We are collecting ideas throughout the spring and early summer, with the goal of producing in-depth profiles on a selection of exciting projects and distributing them through various national channels in the second half of the year. To nominate a person, organization, or initiative for consideration, please tell us in your own words the following information:

1. What the project or innovation is

2. What is AWESOME about it

3. Who’s responsible for it (with contact information please!)

4. What lessons the rest of the field can learn or take away from it

Send your answers to David Seals at dseals@pittsburghartscouncil.org by Friday, June 3!

Cake Competition, Energy Chat, Job Opportunity and More!

Hello Arts Folks,

Below are some opportunities to meet with young professionals from across many different sectors.  Each event is hosted by a different young professional group–and all of these groups together (including ours!) are part of the New Pittsburgh Collaborative.


More info about these announcements are available here: http://www.newpittsburghcollaborative.org/announcements.html

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.

We hope to see you at an event soon!

Meet People Outside the Arts (a novel idea, we know)

One time, I met someone from outside of the arts, and it wasn’t so bad.  In all seriousness, you should come out next week and meet with other young professionals.  Where else can you get together with members of every young professional group in Pittsburgh, all in one place?


Meet the NPC’s NEW Leadership Team!
April 19th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Easy Street, One Oxford Center, Downtown
RSVP to npccontact@gmail.com 

We’ve got big news – we’re hosting a special meeting for you to meet our NEW NPC LEADERSHIP TEAM!  Over the course of the next few months, our current Co-Chairs will be rolling off, and a new, talented and passionate crop of leaders will be carrying the NPC torch into the future.

We want to make sure you get to know them and work with them to maximize and build upon the benefits of the New Pittsburgh Collaborative for you, your organization, and our region as a whole.

So join us to meet the new NPC leadership group, while utilizing the valuable opportunity to make substantive connections with other organizations and share what you/your organization is up to.

Please RSVP to npccontact@gmail.com. (Cash bar, light appetizers provided). Walk-ins also welcome.

Young Professional Happy Hour w/ Quantum Theatre

Quantum Theatre invites you to meet and mingle with professionals from around Pittsburgh at our young professional’s happy hour on Wednesday, April 13.

We will be convening at Brgr, located at 5997 Penn Circle South, at 6:30 for a pre-show cocktail and at 7:45 we will take a short walk over to the former East Liberty YMCA, 120 S. Whitfield St, for the performance of Maria de Buenos Aires.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Maria de Buenos Aires please visit http://www.quantumtheatre.com. Use the promo code: YPhappyhour for $2 off your ticket purchase.

Questions? Contact Jeanine Hall at hall.jeanine@gmail.com.

Upcoming Event: The State of Arts Education!

Wednesday, April 20, 5-8 pm
August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown
Register Online or call 412.394.3353

Join the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders for an evening of networking and an engaging panel discussion about the state of arts education. Get an insider’s look at the current state of arts education through the eyes of local arts, foundation, and policy representatives.  The current economic climate has led to many changes in the way in which arts education is presented, funded, and managed. The priorities of funders and arts education policy makers are shifting and arts educators have to adapt to these changes or risk funding cuts in their programs.

5 pm Drink, Food and Mingling

6 pm Panel Discussion


  • Jackie Walker, University of Pittsburgh Juris Doctorate Student


  • Jordan Crosby, Director, Arts and Education Initiative, The Education & Policy Leadership Center
  • Jamie Kasper, Associate Director, Arts Education Collaborative
  • Justin Laing, Program Officer, The Heinz Endowments
  • Nicole Dezelon, Associate Curator of Education, The Andy Warhol Museum

This event is hosted by the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Network, and is open to people of all ages and work experience who are interested in the conversation.  Visit ProArtsTickets to register online, or call 412.394.3353.

Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at door.

Apply for a Scholarship to the AFTA Conference…in San Diego!

Hi Everyone,

This is a reminder that scholarship applications for the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego, CA – June 16 – 18, 2011 are due this Friday, March 18, 2011 by 5pm EST/2pm PST.  There are three types of scholarships this year:

  • Emerging Leader Scholarships – Full Scholarship that includes registration, travel, and 3-nights in the convention hotel
  • Rural & Underserved Community Scholarships – Full Scholarship that includes registration, travel, and 3-nights in the convention hotel
  • Registration Scholarships – Partial Scholarship that includes registration

Click Here for the Guidelines and Application Form

These scholarships are applicable to the main part of the convention, and do not include pre-conferences.  Selection announcements will be made by April 15, 2011, and all recipients will have until April 29 (Early Bird Registration Deadline) in order to register and accept.

These scholarships are only available to professional members of Americans for the Arts.  Please feel free to share this opportunity with your community and networks, but do let them know that they will have to join Americans for the Arts if they would like to apply and are not yet members.

I hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity.  I am managing the scholarship process this year, so please feel free to reply to me directly if you have any questions – sevanshanson@artsusa.org.

Thank you!

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


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