Americans for the Arts' Emerging Leaders Network identifies and cultivates the next generation of arts leaders in America. It is an ideal way for new leaders to share their interests with other arts professionals as they develop their skills and their commitment to the arts.

Through professional development and peer networking opportunities on the national and local levels, members contribute their enthusiasm, creativity, and potential to strengthening the arts in America and building the next generation of arts leaders.

The Emerging Leaders Network targets individuals who are:

  • 35 years or younger or who have been in the field five years or less
  • Undergraduate or graduate students
  • Professionals who are transitioning into local arts administration from another sector

Emerging Leaders Council
The Emerging Leaders Council is an elected working advisory body to Americans for the Arts and assists in developing programs and resources to promote professional development and networking opportunities for emerging arts professionals nationwide.

Local Emerging Leaders Networks
The strength of the national Emerging Leaders Network depends on cultivating strong and sustainable local emerging leader networks in communities and on university campuses across the country. Students and new professionals need to develop their own cohorts of peers for continued growth, support, and renewal. 

Professional Member Benefits
Professional members can sign up for the Emerging Leaders listerv, take advantage of scholarships to professional development events, participate in free webinars, and are eligible for election to the Emerging Leaders Council.

Learn in our Classrooms
Online Skill-Building for Arts Leaders across the Spectrum

Arts Leadership Classroom

Public Art and Placemaking Classroom

Arts Marketing and Engagement Classroom (Coming Soon!)