FAQs

Americans for the Arts works to identify and cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America through professional development and peer networking opportunities on the national and local levels.

You can meet and network by attending an Americans for the Arts event or a local Emerging Leader event.  You can read about their work on ARTSblog and on our Connect hub page.

Yes - the Emerging Leader Network. Want to get involved? Join the Emerging Leader Listserv, or run for a seat on the Emerging Leader Council.

The Listserv is a forum to discuss urgent issues and get input from your peers or maybe share a thought-provoking article or news item or receive regular scholarship and fellowship information. (You must be a member of Americans for the Arts to subscribe).

The Emerging Leader 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.

First, connect with people already in the field (network)!

Second, learn as much as you can about the field’s career options and issues (study).

And, third, get involved locally or nationally (volunteer & intern).

The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) is the best resource for you. The directory offered on their website is not an endorsement of any particular program, but rather a jumping off point for you to begin your search for the right program!

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Sep 14, 2015

Every year there are new buzzwords which affect our work. Each day during the week of September 14–18, we will gather thought leaders to unpack these terms, where they came from, and their impact on our day to day work in arts education. These daily webinars will be held at 3:00 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 20 minutes. To continue the conversation, join Jeff Poulin (@JeffMPoulin) and special guests for a Twitter chat from 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. (EST) by following the specified hashtag. 

Jun 05, 2015

This year, Americans for the Arts is honoring Lara Davis with the American Express Emerging Leaders Award. Given annually since 2006 and sponsored by American Express since 2011, the American Express Emerging Leaders Award recognizes an exceptional new and/or young arts professional for their exemplary leadership, deep engagement with community, and strong commitment to advancing the arts.

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Sep 21, 2015

As part of its recently released Blueprint for Collective Action for the Arts initiative, Cincinnati-based United Arts Fund, ArtsWave, has announced its’ new strategy will allocate funding based on five community goals.

Sep 10, 2015

The Michigan Film Office announced that it is re-branding as the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office. Having been established as a film office  since 1979, the new Michigan Film & Digital Media Office believes its name change will better reflect its expanded portfolio in growing Michigan’s creative media industry.

Aug 28, 2015

Now that it's back-to-school time and upcoming National Arts Education Week is right around the corner (September 14 - 18), WorldWideLearn's May article on the 15 most inspiring cities for young arts professionals and arts students piques our interest yet again.

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