Interested in speaking at Creative Conversations 2018?

On Saturday, October 20th, Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia will host the annual Creative Conversations event at Drexel University’s URBN Center. This year, we are exploring the topic of ‘What’s Next in the Arts.’
What’s Next in the Arts? explores critical issues in the arts through a dynamic mini-symposium. Through a keynote discussion, as well as several breakouts sessions, we’ll look beyond current best practices to anticipate shifts that impact artists and arts leaders in a wide variety of creative institutions. The symposium is an opportunity for participants to generate progressive ideas, share a vision for future work, and strengthen alliances across arts industries. After a keynote presentation, guests will join interactive breakout sessions facilitated by local thought leaders and enjoy a complimentary networking lunch.
Have something important to say? We want to hear from you. For the first time ever, EAL:P is issuing a public Request for Proposals for our annual Creative Conversation break-out sessions.
Speakers will be paid to give two forty-five minute presentations during the symposium. To apply, please fill out the 2018 Request for Proposal Form by September 1.
Check out the RFP today!
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Advocate in Your Community: Vote!

On May 15th, Philadelphia voters will have the opportunity to cast general primary and selection election ballots for three referendum questions, as well as numerous local and state offices.
EAL:P members, as ear-to-the-ground advocates, already know how crucial even a local election can be, especially when turnout for local elections in off-cycle years has been dropping. In 2017, only 18% of Philadelphia democrats cast ballots in the primary election–and that was actually a record high! Minority and low-income communities often see bad outcomes after low-turnout elections, which tend to be dominated by white, affluent voters.
In Philly, there are important issues on the ballot this year, including providing a permanent annual $500,000 budget for the Police Advisory Commision, requiring city council approval for school board appointments, and whether all city employees should have to attend sexual harassment training. In addition, there are dozens of general assembly and state committee elections, and literally hundreds of people running! If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. We have provided some resources below to help you better know the details of who is running in your neighborhood, and where to vote.

Philadelphia candidates:
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2017 turnout

Turnout decline impacts

Ballot questions