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Schedule, April 3, 2011

See also Podcasts of 2011 Panels

11:00-11:30 Registration

11:30-1:00 Panel 1: “Getting the Experience and the Job

1:00-2:00 Networking Lunch

2:00-3:30 Panel 2: “Global Connections in Arts Management

3:30-3:45 Coffee Break

3:45-5:00 Panel 3: “What Makes a Good Arts Leader?

5:00-6:00 Keynote address: Rachel Goslins

6:00-7:00 Networking reception

Panel Descriptions

Getting the Experience … and the Job

Sherburne Laughlin: Co-Director of Program in Arts Management at AU (Moderator)
Ann Norris: General Manager, Gallim Dance
Abel Lopez: Associate Producing Director, GALA Hispanic Theatre
Katy Cupples: Manager, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center
Anne L’Ecuyer: Owner, Washington Writer’s Retreat

*Note: This panel will take place in a non-traditional format that involves a short overview by panelists followed by small group discussions and a subsequent large group discussion

Learning about arts management in the classroom or through books is one thing, but the million-dollar questions are always “How do I get a job in arts management?” or “How do I make a successful career change to becoming an arts manager?” Specifically, how can students and those who are transitioning their careers into the art world make the most of internships, classroom experience, personal connections and skills to make themselves marketable, viable candidates? These are the main questions addressed in this panel. Participants will break into smaller groups with panelists and Arts Management faculty to discuss specific issues surrounding this topic, and then reconvene as one group to share and discuss their ideas. 

Global Connections in Arts Management

Ximena Varela: Co-Director of Program in Arts Management at AU (Moderator)
Pennie Ojeda: Director of International Activities, NEA
Anna Smith: Director of Cultural Exchange Programs, International Arts and Artists
Sarah Frankland: former Deputy Director and Arts Manager of British Council USA
Brett Egan: Director, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center

As heightened communication and increased mobility blur international borders, arts leaders–even those who do not work for international arts organizations–are increasingly required to work within a globalized arts community. Whether it’s dealing with the U.S. foreign artist visa process, programming content for particular ethnic communities, or consulting foreign arts managers on the “art” of American of fundraising, arts managers in the United States offer a unique perspective to the field of arts management beyond the borders of their own country. What can arts managers in the U.S. do to highlight their profession on an international level? What issues do arts managers face in a globalized world? Discuss these topics with panelists who confront these issues daily. 

What Makes a Good Arts Leader?

Michael Wilkerson: Assistant Professor of Arts Management at AU (Moderator)
Ian David Moss: Research Director, Fractured Atlas, and founder of
Jamie Bennett: Director of Public Affairs, NEA
Stephanie Evans Hanson: Local Arts Agency Program Coordinator, Americans for the Arts
Michael Bobbitt: Producing Artistic Director, Adventure Theatre, and President of the League of Washington Theatres

We have all heard of the need for strong leadership in the arts field, especially as we encounter an era in which large numbers of arts managers are beginning to retire, thus leaving control to a new generation of leaders. What exactly is it, however, that makes a good leader? What makes a leader an effective force within his or her organization? What are the forces and issues that the leaders of tomorrow will need to address? How does technology affect leadership? And beyond the organization, how can a leader in the arts be an effective leader within the larger community? More importantly, why is it vital that arts leaders be leaders within their communities? 

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2011 EALS
Executive Committee

Zack Hayhurst, Chair
Laura Smith
Sunny Widmann
Abby Olson


2011 Panelists

See Panelist Bios

Jamie Bennett

Michael J. Bobbitt

Katy George Cupples

Brett Egan

Sarah Frankland

Stephanie Evans Hanson

Anne L’Ecuyer

Sherburne Laughlin

Abel Lopez

Ian David Moss

Ann E. Norris

Pennie Ojeda

Anna Smith

Ximena Varela

Michael Wilkerson



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