Meet the Local Arts Advancement Team

Emma Osore

Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager
Favorite Art Form: 

Contemporary, Street, and Folk Art

Emma Osore is a social architect who builds programs and ecosystems that arc towards justice. She is currently the first Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager overseeing a new leadership development portfolio focusing on the future arts management workforce.

Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, she worked in Los Angeles at the City of Beverly Hills where she worked on projects ranging from strategic planning to public art. Before receiving her Master’s degree she worked as chief-of-staff, community partnerships and philanthropy manager, and founded a student-run community garden at a reconstituted public high school in Washington, DC. Emma got her start working with youth in the juvenile justice system and in the DC Public Schools central office supporting the hiring and evaluation of school leaders. She is currently the co-founder of BlackSpace, a Black urbanist collective, and a mixed media artist.

Emma holds a Bachelor’s in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College where she was a National Urban Fellow.

Emma finds joy in meandering city walks and creates collages and watercolors along the way.

Department: 
Local Arts Advancement