Blog Posts for Emerging Leaders

How to Be (or be an asset to) an Emerging Arts Leader of Color

Posted by Brea Heidelberg, Apr 26, 2016 1 comment

You have to be resilient to be in arts management. Period. This required resilience goes double for emerging arts leaders of color and the people who want to see them do well. As an educator and consultant, I am sometimes asked to speak about diversity in our field. After these talks I hear from two types of people: arts administrators of color who are on the spectrum of “I know, right?” to “let’s laugh together about this ridiculous thing that happened to me–or else I’ll cry” (I buy the latter drinks, when possible) AND I hear from potential allies who want to know how to be helpful.

What follows are a smattering of things that I have said to both groups–as the discussion for one group is usually an inverse image of the discussion with the other. I offer these lessons I have learned (usually, the hard way) as fodder for further discussion, and a moment for us to strategize before we go back out into the fray.

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The Importance of Organizations Investing in their Emerging Leaders

Posted by Ms. Serena Johnson, Apr 25, 2016 3 comments

“You need to pay your dues.”

This statement has always hit a nerve with me. Not because I don’t believe there is some truth to it, but because I believe that it focuses on a problem and not a solution. This often means that the task of “paying one’s dues”, which can be defined as “you need more experience,” is forced upon the emerging leader with no assistance and no direction provided. Decision making is for those with experience, for valid reasons, but what I question is how organizations help provide that much-needed experience to their emerging leaders.

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How does cultural identity impact arts leadership?

Posted by Adam Fong, Apr 25, 2016 0 comments

How does cultural identity impact arts leadership?

“We really need someone who’s more out front, who relishes the spotlight, who can shake the hands and kiss the babies.” (A major donor)

Let us picture the figurehead of an organization. The lighting rod. The glad-handing executive, the creative dynamo, the visionary. The confident and outspoken advocate with the answers. Is that what we want from a leader? Can that be anyone, any gender, any age (within reason), any race? Can it be a senior black woman? A young disabled veteran? Can that be a third-generation Asian-American, like me?

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Resilient Arts Leadership from the Inside Out: The Arts Leaders Showing Us How

Posted by Abe Flores, Apr 25, 2016 0 comments

Welcome to the annual Emerging Arts Leaders Blog Salon!  We asked over a dozen emerging leaders to reflect and respond to this year’s Arts Leadership Preconference theme: “Impact without Burnout: Resilient Arts Leadership from the Inside Out”. In the coming days you will read about the work of some of these leaders and their advice to the field.

To kick things off, I asked Beth Kanter, the lead facilitator and curator for this year’s Arts Leadership Preconference, four questions to help us define and better understand the concepts behind resilient leadership.

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So, What Do You Do? Americans for the Arts Member Profile of Katherine (Kit) Kough

Posted by Ashley McDonald, Mar 25, 2016 0 comments

Kit Kough is one of the newest members of the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council. As Program Director with the Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine she oversees arts programming, special events and recurring medical humanities programming for patients, staff, and the community.

What are you looking forward to in your work with the Emerging Leaders (EL) Advisory Council?
The EL Council is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with my peers. We have a tremendous group with varied backgrounds and a lot of experiences to share. I’m really looking forward to connecting with other emerging leaders both regionally and nationally. I’m enthusiastic about building a strong leadership pipeline for arts professionals. I’m also hoping that my specific knowledge in the arts in healthcare field will be helpful for others looking to expand their work.

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