Upcoming Events

Grants 360˚ View: Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Tattooed Mom

Let your funding proposals come full circle.

Even the one that’s due next week! Learn from these talented fundraising professionals, proposal reviewers, and grantees at EAL:P’s Grants 360˚ View panel at 6 pm on April 23 at Tattooed Mom.

Michelle Currica immigrated to the United States from Georgetown, Guyana to Memphis, TN at the age of six. Since then she has called a few special places home: Atlanta, Tsuno-cho (Japan) and now Philadelphia. Michelle is an avid student of Aikido. Now in her 5th year of practice, she is part of a small committee of students building the Aikido Institute of Philadelphia, a world-class martial arts dojo. An arts advocate, Michelle is the Program Manager for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, a non-profit grantmaker supporting local arts and culture organizations and the communities they serve through general operating grants. In her free time, Michelle travels, cooks, and procrastinates on the book she someday hopes to write.

Kelli Paul is the Vice President of Development at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. She manages all support from foundations, corporations, individuals and the government. Kelli sits on the steering committee Women in Development (Philadelphia). She is also the co-founder of Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia and has served as a panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and as a Guest Speaker at Eastern University and Ursinus College. Kelli was a 2017 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange delegate and part of the 2014 Designing Leadership class by the Arts and Business Council. Kelli holds an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel.

Carly Rapaport-Stein is the Executive Director of Intercultural Journeys and an adjunct instructor in fundraising and arts & culture in Drexel University’s Entertainment and Arts Management program. Carly’s served as a panelist on multiple arts grant panels, including the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Advisory Panel, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (upcoming). She holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College, a Master’s of Music in Opera Performance from Temple University, and a Master’s of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University.

Nick Crosson (moderator) works in development for Pennsylvania Ballet on individual giving, research, and analysis. Ensconced in the Philly cultural community since 2004, he previously worked for DataArts, where he helped build a DEI survey system and published reports on demographics and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, where he served as lead researcher for the Portfolio and Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity in Greater Philadelphia report series.

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Past Events

What’s Next in the Arts? Creative Conversation Symposium

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

Creative Conversation imageEmerging 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.


Breakout Sessions

Build Your Own Seat at the Table: Addressing Underrepresentation in the Arts 
Davinica Nemtzow
This session will address why representation matters, look at the impact of a few successful grassroots arts organizations, and guide you through the creation of your own inclusive spaces. Participants will leave this session with a few leadership tools and action items to help them create their own inclusive spaces, for themselves and others.

Storytelling For Impact
Lansie Sylvia
Participants will learn how to tell better stories themselves and train employees, board members, and volunteers in the art of storytelling. Key principles from this workshop can be applied across a variety of channels, from emails to social media to your annual report.

WHAM! Deconstructing Power Dynamics Between Funders + Artists
Melissa Hamilton & Jamaine Smith
This workshop will use Design Thinking – a methodology providing solution-based approaches to solving complex problems – to help us deconstruct and understand how funders and artists can become more transparent with each other and recognize how each brings equally necessary resources.

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.


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 Philly360.com, 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.

A Fresh Take

Monday, August 27, 6 PM – 7 PM

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A Fresh Take is a peer discussion about innovative marketing techniques with FringeArts

Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia is excited to host A Fresh Take, an exclusive evening showcasing the power of messaging in the arts. Join us at La Peg + FringeArts for a Q&A with members of FringeArts’ marketing team who are eager to share tools you can use to showcase your work and build your audience. FringeArts’ Marketing and Communications Director Clare Frisbee, Marketing Manager Raina Searles, and members of the producing team will be on-hand to answer your questions about how programming informs effective marketing no matter your discipline. Whether you’re an actor or an admin, painter or a poet, don’t miss this opportunity to gain insight into the marketing strategies of one of Philly’s premiere cultural institutions. Following the conversation, attendees will be invited to see fresh FringeArts programming in action during their Festival Preview, featuring in-progress showings from upcoming Fringe shows!

This pre-show conversation is free for all, and the Festival Preview is a suggested $5 donation.

RSVP at Eventbrite now.

Your RSVP to EAL:P guarantees you a seat at the Festival Preview.

FringeArts event link


Negotiating the Workplace: Get what you need.

July 17, 6-8PM

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Negotiation is a skill that all of us need at one time or another. We negotiate not only for our salary and benefits, but also to succeed in our creative partnerships, our networking relationships, and our work with community members. Join other arts leaders for a hands-on, interactive workshop that will teach you to get what you need in order to make an impact. Learn how negotiating for what you need isn’t something you should feel guilty about. We’ll discuss tools and strategies you can use immediately. Career coach Lynn Carroll will share practical, adaptable techniques that will give you confidence the next time you have to work out a compromise or advocate for more resources.

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CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320

June 9

Annual Park Day at The Village of Arts and Humanities

On Saturday, EAL:P dropped by the Village of Arts and Humanities for Annual Park Day! The Village of Arts and Humanities is a 30-year-old community arts center in North Philadelphia that offers diverse programming and has transformed blighted lots and houses into glittering murals and art parks. We are proud to support their advocacy for the arts and the environment by helping the Village plant, restore mosaics, and clean up their historic art parks.

February 23

EAL:P Insiders Series: Artist Bash at the Barnes

Many thanks to Kathleen Ogilvie Greene, Curator of Public Programs, Barnes Foundation; Erica Hawthorne-Manon, Small But Mighty Arts; and Maggie-Malachi Lily for an insightful discussion about Artist Bash: Heartache – we look forward to partying with you again!