Saturday, October 20, 11AM-2:30PM

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Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia’s Creative Conversation is our flagship event, a dynamic mini-symposium held in October in chorus with emerging arts leaders networks throughout the country as encouraged by Americans for the Arts. Our sixth annual Creative Conversation will feature engaging keynote and breakout presentations, as well as opportunities for attendees to share their thoughts.

Our keynote speaker, James Claiborne, is a connected, passionate and results-driven leader from the Philadelphia creative sector. Claiborne will look beyond current best practices to anticipate shifts that impact artists and arts leaders in a wide variety of creative institutions.

10:00AM: Pre-Event Resume Review, Registration
11:00AM: Welcome, Keynote Presentation
12:00PM: Lunch & Networking
12:50PM: Breakout Session 1
1:40PM: Breakout Session 2
2:30PM: End

Bonus: Resume Review
Whether you’re fresh out of school, changing careers, or just looking to make some updates, make an appointment with one of our resume reviewers: in just fifteen minutes, we’ll give you essential, customized tips for making your skills and experience stand out.


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About James Claiborne

Native Philadelphian James Claiborne is a self-taught visual artist, curator and arts advocate. After spending 8 years with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance working to develop its community engagement and advocacy work, Claiborne served as the editor of, a former multicultural tourism campaign for Visit Philadelphia. Currently James Claiborne serves as the Public Programming Manager for the  African American Museum in Philadelphia — where he is charged with building thoughtful, relevant programs for adult audiences, bringing attention to Philadelphia’s thriving cultural sector, while highlighting the impact artists of the African Diaspora have around the globe. As an independent  curator, James has led the gallery program of black arts institution Art Sanctuary, presenting exhibits by James Dupree, Amber Arts, Richard Watson, Deborah Willis, Barkley Hendricks, among others. James also has served as a consultant, advisor and board member for several cultural groups throughout the city, including Art Sanctuary and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.