2015 Events

October 10th

The Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia (a local chapter of American’s for the Arts) is planning our annual “Creative Conversation” for October 2015. This year, we will be putting together a half-day conference around our 2015 programming theme, What’s Next for the Arts in Philadelphia?, an opportunity for emerging artists to share a vision of the future and generate cutting edge ideas to utilize across industries.

The event will be held at the Platt Student Performing Arts House at the University of Pennsylvania (3702 Spruce Street) on Saturday, October 10 from 11am-3:30pm. Tickets are $20/$15 for students.

For the schedule and info on speakers, click here.


Sept 10th, 2015

What’s Next? Field Trip: Paradigm Gallery + Studio

EAL:P hosted a creative field trip to Paradigm Gallery + Studio, a gallery has a twist–the studio is open to the community for events, and features regular free art-making classes to make the gallery a welcoming space for artists and art lovers of all kinds. Artist Chad Lassin lead attendees in a sacred geometry-inspired drawing activity, exploring the ins and outs to creating beautiful designs and patterns using compasses and straightedges, while Paradigm co-founders and curators Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston talked about their journey in gallery ownership and their inspiration for choosing a new philosophy of exhibiting/selling artwork.

July 16th, 2015
What’s Next? Field Trip:  Summer Celebration at the RiverRink

EAL:P celebrated summer at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest! We hosted a membership appreciation and creative field trip even where we discussed What’s Next? in Creative Placemaking with Emma Fried-Cassorla of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (the folks who brought us Spruce Street Harbor Park and other place-based interventions). A few of us even stuck around after the happy hour to do some roller skating!

May 4, 2015
What’s Next? Field Trip: Fringe Arts Scratch Night
EAL:P hosted  an exclusive happy hour conversation with Fringe Arts’ President & Producing Director Nick Stuccio and Programming Manager Sarah Bishop-Stone to discuss how the organization operates as a vehicle for new work and their future as a leader of innovation. Afterwards, the group enjoyed Fringe Arts’ Scratch Night, a works-in-progress performance of theatre, dance and contemporary performance from some of the most cutting edge and innovative groups around Philadelphia.

March 16, 2015
Field Trip: Collectivity in the City
EAL:P attended Moore College of Art & Design’s Collectivity in the City discussion, followed by a visit to Love Park with Arielle Cohen from Next City.

2014 Events

October 30, 2014
Art as Activism: Can art affect social change?
EAL:P hosted a creative conversation on how art can be used to affect social change. This interactive discussion featured a panel of local experts including Valerie Gay, Executive Director of Art Sanctuary; Father David Cregan, head of the Villanova University Theatre Department; Tomoko Torii, Executive Director of Harmony for Peace Foundation; Diana Borgia-Petro, General Director of Concert Opera; and Lindsay Spargana, Photographer and Lecturer at University of the Arts.

August 13, 2014
Summer Happy Hour
EAL:P hosted a summertime happy hour at Smokin’ Betty’s. We enjoyed great drinks, food and conversation.

April 24, 2014
Get involved! EAL:P Volunteer Meet-up
The Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia Executive Board hosted a volunteer meet-up to share more about ways to get involved with EAL:P. Afterwards, we enjoyed a performance of InterAct Theatre Company’s Down Past Passyunk.

January 30, 2014
EAL:P and PHS Young Friends Fair & Mixer
EAL:P and the Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) Young Friends hosted a young friends mixer and fair that provided the opportunity to learn about and network with various young friends organizations in Philadelphia.  Participating groups included the Free Library of Philadelphia, Global Philadelphia Association, InterAct Theatre Company and Young Involved Philadelphia.

January 8, 2014
EAL:P at Penn Museum for Quizzo
EAL:P started the New Year with Quizzo at the Penn Museum on Wednesday, January 8 at 6 PM. Our team came in second place and had a blast with DJ Quizzy Jeff.

2013  Events

October 24, 2013
Conundrums in Arts Advocacy: A Debate
The Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia and the Artistic Rebuttal Project presented discussions and debate centered around issues artists and arts administrators face in the field of arts advocacy. Topics include artists as advocates, arts advocacy in the face of pressing social issues (education, health care, homelessness) and other issues surrounding arts advocacy. Opening remarks were given by Nancy DeLucia, Director of Policy & Community Engagement, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the discussions were led by Amy Scheidegger, Artistic Rebuttal Project. The conversation continued over drinks afterwards at Sugar Moms.

August 21, 2013
A Food for Thought Potluck and Discussion: Advocacy Is Not a Four Letter Word
The Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia and the Artistic Rebuttal Project teamed up for a Food for Thought event centering on advocacy and the ways in which it can be both intimidating and inspiring to emerging arts leaders. Conversations were led by Amy Scheidegger, Artistic Rebuttal Project and Neville Vakharia, Drexel University.

May 2, 2013
New Models for Sustainability: An interactive discussion on the social and economic issues faced by cultural organizations.
Co-presented with the Drexel Arts Administration Graduate Association. Panelists: Alice Richardson Antonelli Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Finance Fund Sara Hertz, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Thaddeus Squire,Founder & Managing Director, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia

March 13, 2013
EAL:P Kick-off Event

Celebratory toast and prize raffle at 6:30 PM followed by a Rocky-inspired Art Talk as part of pay-what-you-wish night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Click here to see photos from this event!