Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Network

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

February Happy Hour: Church Brew Works


This is the place...


Monday February 20 4:30-7:30



Start of your week on the right foot with a delicious brew while discussing and sharing your passion for the arts with other like minded artsy individuals.
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Network (special thanks to The Church Brew Works)

Drink Specials 4:30-6:30
Or… stay and chow down on pizza until as late as 11:00


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.

New Pittsburgh Collaborative H.U.B. Event

From our friends at New Pittsburgh Collaborative:

Strategic Volunteering: Turning Community Involvement

into Personal and Professional Success

Tuesday, December 6 (6-8 p.m.)

AVA Lounge

126 S. Highland Avenue, East Liberty

J’Burgh and the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh have teamed up with the New Pittsburgh Collaborative to bring you the latest H.U.B event. Please join us as we present, “Strategic Volunteering: Turning Community Involvement into Personal and Professional Success” on Tuesday, December 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. at AVA Lounge (126 S. Highland Avenue, East Liberty).

This is a great opportunity to network with young professionals in the Pittsburgh area, learn about volunteer opportunities with local organizations, and hear from a panel of community leaders about the importance of volunteering for personal and professional development.

The event is of no cost to you, but we do ask that you bring a small toy to donate to children in need in Allegheny County, or make a minimum $5 donation so a toy can be purchased to donate.

Please register online by following this linkhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dFpMV2FnRk9iLU1ab1RZaGw4RGlXcFE6MQ#gid=0

Questions? Email Mahogany Thaxton (New Pittsburgh Collaborative) at MahoganyThaxton@bestbuddies.org, Sarah Heal (J’burgh) at sarah@hilleljuc.org, or Allyce Pinchback (ULYP) at  executivecoordinator@ulyppgh.org.

Next Pittsburgh Arts Happy Hour: November 28!

Monday, November 28
5-8 pm, drink specials 5-7 pm
Harris Grill, 5747 Ellsworth Avenue, Shadyside

Calling all Pittsburgh arts professionals:

On Cyber Monday, can you buy drinks online and enjoy them in the company of like-minded individuals?

We think not.

So come over to the Harris Grill and enjoy 1/2 off drafts, frozen cosmos, and wings, along with FREE, joyous conversation with your fellow artisans. Talk shop, relax, shake off the Thanksgiving stupor, and meet someone new.

All arts and arts interested professionals are welcome!

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Steering Committee with special thanks to Harris Grill.

Join us for October’s Creative Conversation

Bonus Features: Thinking Outside the Talkback

Monday, October 17, 6-8pm
City Theater, 1300 Bingham Street, South Side
Register online or call 412.394.3353 ($5 advance/$8 at the door)

A panel discussion & networking event for Pittsburgh’s arts community

In today’s constantly evolving world of technology, social media, and interconnectivity, is it enough just to do art?  What kinds of “added value” activities are organizations in the creative sector implementing to appeal to a younger, more tech-savvy generation?  How do we as artists and arts managers go that extra mile to make our work accessible, engaging, and relevant?  And perhaps most importantly, are our efforts paying off?

Join the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders (PEAL) network for a Creative Conversation to address these questions! A panel will address the growing trend of “adding value” to traditional arts offerings in order to attract a new generation of audience members.  These “tactics” include games, post-show discussions, multimedia activities, and other experiences that give audience members more of a stake in the work they have come to experience.  The panel will delve into the tough questions about such activities, including their value, effectiveness, and attractiveness to current and potential arts audiences.

Register online or call 412.394.3353 ($5 advance/ $8 at the door). Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Harris Grill.

About Creative Conversations
Creative Conversations are local gatherings of engaged citizens in communities across the country and are part of a grassroots movement to elevate the profile of arts in America during National Arts & Humanities Month every October. Started in 2004 as a program of The Emerging Leaders Network, Americans for the Arts is now expanding the scope of the event to invite all arts leaders and interested individuals to participate. Some of these local convenings have grown into cohesive, organized emerging leader networks, been the catalyst for the development of community wide cultural plans, and helped to shape local arts advocacy by connecting the cultural sector with the business community and political leadership. This local tool empowers arts administrators to take a leadership role in their own community by both designing programming and galvanizing their peers to connect professionally.

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!

Kelly Strayhorn Events

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty asked me to pass along some information about an upcoming event, as well as to publicize the great discounts that they provide to PEAL members and artists.

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater will be hosting the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre for performances of “por la blanda arena” on Sept. 9 – 10. For more information on this event, please visit their Facebook announcement at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=268126019882253.
Special discounted ticket offer for PEAL: Tickets are 2 for $10 – order online (enter discount code–PEAL; price name–emerging).

Thank you!

NextGen Report Released

If you haven’t already, definitely check out this new report by the Center for Cultural Innovation, titled Nurturing California’s Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders, about (you guessed it) the attitudes and attributes of the next generation of arts leaders.  You can download either the full report or just the executive summary, and there’s some really interesting stuff in there about job satisfaction, salaries, and what the new generation wants out of their jobs.  Well worth the read!

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!

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