Convene Locally

The strength of the national Emerging Leaders Network depends on cultivating strong and sustainable local emerging leaders networks at universities and in communities across the country. New professionals need to develop their own cohorts of peers for continued growth, support, and renewal.

Is there an Emerging Leader Network in your community? - Browse our map to find your Local Emerging Leaders Network!

Start an Emerging Leaders Network in your community! - If you would like to speak with us about starting or growing your local emerging leaders network, please send an e-mail to Americans for the Arts Field Education and Leadership Programs Manager at

Connect Nationally

Through Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network resources, each local community network connects nationally to other local networks in our web. Americans for the Arts offers national events, tools, and programs designed specifically for emerging leaders.

Leadership Classroom

The Leadership Classroom is a four-month virtual leadership development series that provides an opportunity for local arts leaders to master concepts and skills necessary to successfully lead the next generation of arts in America. There are two Leadership Classrooms planned for 2014, one in the spring and one in the fall, with topics to be announced shortly.

Annual Convention and Leadership Preconference

June 13–15, 2014 (Nashville, TN)

Leadership Preconference: June 12–13, 2014 (exact date & time to be specified closer to event)

Nashville is a city of innovation - a city where unlikely partnerships yield amazing results, where communities intermingle and surprise and delight each other; where people wear their art on their sleeves; and where music, sculpture, and imagination inform every interaction. And in 2014, Nashville will also serve as host for the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and the Leadership Preconference!

The 2014 Leadership Preconference will focus on bridging generations of leaders and will provide a unique opportunity to closely engage both within the Emerging Leaders cohort and with mid-career and executive leaders around common ideas.

Convention and Leadership Preconference registration will open on January 20, 2014 at In the meantime, send questions to Vice President of Local Arts Advancement Clay Lord at

Emerging Leaders on ARTSBlog

Filled with lively discussions and intellectual exploration of issues relevant to emerging leaders, ARTSblog generates some fascinating conversations. Check out our content for emerging leaders and join the conversation by adding your comments!

Emerging Leaders Listserv

Do you have an urgent issue and would like input from your peers? Maybe you want to share a thought-provoking article or news item or receive regular scholarship and fellowship information? Subscribe to the Emerging Leaders listserv!(You must join Americans for the Arts as a professional member in order to subscribe to the Emerging Leaders listserv. Read more about the benefits of joining Americans for the Arts as an individual or organization.)

Emerging Leaders Council

The Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) 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. Elections for open seats on the council are held in the fall of each year. Interested in serving on the council? Learn more about the nomination and election processes.