Upcoming Events

EAL:P Membership Appreciation Night

Our Annual Opportunity to Celebrate Our Members!

Wednesday, December 11, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Join fellow EAL:P members as we celebrate another year of networking, advocacy and learning. On behalf of EAL:P, treat yourself to light hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and exclusive mini-tours of the fabulous Magic Gardens and Isaiah Zagar’s work.

We will also be raffling prizes for any of our members who attended an event this year. Additional tickets can be purchased at the door.

Don’t miss this chance to celebrate EAL:P and you, our members!

Not a member? We’d love to meet you!

Past Events

2019 Creative Conversation

What’s Next in the Arts? Creative Conversation Symposium

Saturday, October 26, 11AM-3:30PM
Drexel URBN Annex
3401 Filbert St
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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 seventh annual Creative Conversation will feature engaging keynote and breakout presentations, as well as opportunities for attendees to share their thoughts.

Our keynote speaker, Stanford Thompson, is a musician and educator who serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly, bringing music education to students in underserved areas throughout Philadelphia. Recognized as a TED Fellow, Stanford believes that music education is a powerful tool for positive personal and community change.

Visit his site www.StanfordThompson.com to learn more.

What’s next in the arts? Solve Philadelphia’s most compelling problems, create healthier dialogue in our society, and foster mutual understanding and respect throughout our communities. Using the story of Play On Philly’s impact, Stanford will challenge conventional thinking, action and impact throughout the arts sector and encourage our artists and arts leaders to take the path less traveled.

Hosting Sponsor – Drexel University Arts Administration & Museum Leadership Program


Shaping the Clay Studio

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 6:00 PM–8:00 PM at the Clay Studio

A conversation and tour with Executive Director Jennifer Martin and
Curator of Artistic Programs Jennifer Zwilling

What does it take to make the leap from artist to arts leader? Can running an arts organization become part of your creative life? 

Following a tour of the Clay Studio’s facility with Curator of Artistic Programs Jennifer Zwilling, Executive Director Jennifer Martin will examine the often non-linear paths that artists can take toward leadership positions, and how her own pathway from artist to ED helped her acquire the skills and experience she draws on daily. 

For more on the Clay Studio, please visit www.theclaystudio.org.

Eastern State Penitentiary Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Eastern State

Join us for a Special Tour with Eastern State!

On June 25, experience Eastern State Penitentiary with Returning Citizen Tour Guides, a program that brings formerly incarcerated people directly into contact with museum visitors to educate them about historical and contemporary prison practices. After the tour, sit down with Lauren Zalut, Director of Education and Tour Programs, to hear more about the program and using interpretation, art and exhibits to bring awareness to mass incarceration and foster empathy.

For more on Eastern State, please visit http://www.easternstate.org.

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.