Are you an Emerging Arts Leader?

From Americans for the Arts News

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October 19, 2009—Are the voices of emerging leaders in the arts too loud or not loud enough? The grumblings of both young arts practitioners and discerning seasoned veterans raise a number of important questions: Are we squelching the voices of emerging professionals in the arts field? And are we causing an exodus of committed young talent to leave the field for work in other domains? Visit our Emerging Leader Salon all this week on ARTSblog.

For the first time in history there are four generational cohorts in the workplace. The residual clash of generational perspectives has surfaced a number of undeniable challenges—and opportunities—for arts professionals and organizations. Unlike other industries, the arts sector seems to be struggling particularly hard with the inevitable generational shift in leadership.

Join the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts and the 20UNDER40 anthology for the Emerging Leaders Salon on ARTSblog the week of October 19-23. More than 15 diverse arts professionals from across the country will discuss the impending generational shift in arts leadership, the value of emerging leaders to the field, and the necessity of a platform for young arts professionals. We invite you to follow these posts and continue the conversation through your ideas, comments, and personal stories.

* Are you a young arts leader? Does the field value your creativity, innovation, and professional experience?
* Are you a veteran arts practitioner? Does this view of the field as an entity unable to let loose the reigns of leadership resonate with you?
* Is the arts field successful in its attempt to foster young leaders? Is something out of synch with our planning for succession—or is it an unwarranted overdose of arrogance being exercised by those new to the field?

Americans for the Arts has worked to address these issues for ten years through the Emerging Leaders Network. This same work is also being advanced by an exciting new anthology of critical discourse called 20UNDER40, established to collect twenty essays about the future of the arts and arts education—each written by a young arts professional under the age of forty. In doing so, 20UNDER40 aims to bring the voices of tomorrow’s arts leaders out of the margins and into the forefront of our cultural dialogue.
Don’t be left out of this important conversation!

This national dialogue will leverage the voices of 20UNDER40’s founders and the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Network and membership, in concert with guest bloggers. The bloggers represent emerging and veteran leaders from across the arts sector and will discuss arts leadership and the 20UNDER40 project as it relates to the following:

* The value of emerging leaders—and how to best foster their growth
* The exodus of young talent from the arts sector—and strategies for talent retention
* Power distribution in our field—and new visions for establishing a balance
* The necessity of building a platform for young arts professionals
* Bias inherent in the arts, and specifically exercised by the proposed publication
* …and other issues.

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The Austin Creative Alliance is a nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. We serve over 130 arts organizations with marketing, ticketing, audience development services; AEA paymaster, information & referral services — plus access to affordable health, liability, and event insurance. We also provide online professional development seminars, fiscal sponsorship services for emerging arts groups, host annual unified general auditions, annual theatre industry awards, and consistently advocate for the many benefits the arts bring to our quality of life.

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