Past Events

Monday, December 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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Join fellow EAL:P members as we celebrate another year of networking and learning. In appreciation of you – our members – EAL:P will treat you to light hors d’oeuvres and drinks, music and exclusive mini-tours of the fabulous Magic Gardens and Isaiah Zagar’s work. We’ll also be honoring our featured members for the year and raffling prizes for any of our members who attended an event this year.

Don’t miss this once-a-year treat to celebrate EAL:P and you, our members!

Get your tickets here!

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, 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.

Visit Eventbrite to get your tickets.

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!