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Professional Development Opportunities for May

12:42 pm in EAL/LA, Events, Professional Development by K. Ryan Henisey

Professional DevelopmentCheck out some of these great professional development opportunities coming up in the next few weeks.

Connecting Leaders to Learning Series by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, April 24, 2014, free webinar

Webinar hosted by Kerry Sullivan, President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, and Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund. They will discuss findings and implications from the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey.

“Everything You Want to Know About Work Samples, But Were Afraid to Ask Panel” at Son of Semele Theater. April 30, 2014, 6:00

This interactive session is divided in two parts: Conversation with presenters, funders, and producers about the work samples they receive and review, hearing directly from those who rely on work samples to inform their work.  


LA Stage Day 2014 May 17, 

Price: $30 Early Bird price until May 1, 2014.

LA STAGE Day an annual collaborative convening for the performing arts community. This day-long event brings together artists, designers, arts leaders, administrators, students, vendors, and patrons to learn from each other and inspire one another.

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Arts Leadership for a New Era

5:24 pm in Events by K. Ryan Henisey


April 24-26, 2014

In conjunction with the launch of its innovative new Arts Leadership (ARTL) Program, USC announces the first annual Arts Leadership Symposium hosted by ARTL Program Director Kenneth Foster. The symposium will focus on the unique challenges facing the arts in the 21st century and the leadership required to meet those challenges.

Opening Performance featuring the Kronos Quartet
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium

The renowned Kronos Quartet presents a performance and discussion with ARTL Director Ken Foster celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of the world’s most innovative performance ensembles.

Admission is free. RSVP required.
USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
General Public: To RSVP, click here.

The Symposium
Friday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rosen Family Screening Theater (Room 227)
Tutor Campus Center

ARTL Director Ken Foster presents a daylong symposium on the challenges facing arts in the 21st century. Featured speakers to include:

Janet Cowperthwaite, Managing Director, Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, Artistic Director, Kronos Quartet
Mark Allen, Founder and Director, The Machine Project Los Angeles
Chris Rountree, Founder and Director, Wild Up
The inaugural Fellows of the USC International Artist Fellowship Program

Admission is free. RSVP required. Email:

ARTL Live!
Saturday April 26, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Music Center, Room G156

ARTL Director Ken Foster presents a mashup of talks and conversations. Engage with future arts leaders – graduate students currently enrolled in the ARTL Program – as they share their observations, innovations and ideas about the current state of the arts.

Admission is free. RSVP required. Email:

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USC Arts Leadership Graduate Program

4:08 pm in Professional Development, Professional Opportunities by K. Ryan Henisey

The University of Southern California announces a revolutionary new program in Arts Leadership – ARTL – that redefines arts leadership for the 21st century.

USC’s New Arts Leadership Program
 A multi-disciplinary, individualized, artist-centric graduate program
 Designed for working professionals in the field who want to step up their game
 Hosted by the arts schools at USC and in collaboration with the USC Price School of Public Policy
 Available as a one-year Graduate Certificate or a two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

Innovative Curriculum
 Features a powerful combination of theory and practice
 Addresses the challenges of the contemporary world
 Enhances your skills in areas like executive leadership, community and social change, art and ideas, creative organizational designs and more
 Draws on your own real world experience

ARTL is led by director Kenneth Foster, former executive director of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is joined by Dana Gioia, former chair of the NEA and similarly experienced faculty drawn for the arts world of Los Angeles.

Contact Kenneth Foster at to get your questions answered and find out whether this groundbreaking new program is right for you. Currently accepting applications for Fall 2014. Deadline is June 1. More info at

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Getting Savvy with Research

3:19 pm in EAL/LA, Events, Professional Development by Charlie Jensen

Arts Research Event PhotoBeing a bit of a research and data enthusiast (read: nerd), I was eager to attend February 5’s presentation of “Anatomy of Arts Research” by Bronwyn Mauldin of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Fortunately, I was not disappointed by the discussion, which helped attendees understand the sometimes overly-complex landscape of a research report.

Bronwyn helped us understand the kinds of research we might encounter in the course of looking for data on the arts. While primary and secondary research is pretty well known to anyone who ever sat through a freshman composition course, Bronwyn dug a bit deeper to help us understand the difference between scholary, academic research and what’s called “popular” research—I think for much the same reasons we have a category called “popular” music. Basically, it boils down to process and perspective. Academic research undergoes a rigorous “peer review” process that helps the researcher improve the overall quality of his or her output, while “popular” research doesn’t require quite the same rigor. And popular research is often completed with a focus on the practitioner. This means it is data designed to be acted upon rather than just collected and published for debate and discussion.

Another powerful takeaway for me was the rhetoric we in the field use to talk about the data we cull from our work. In the research realm, to identify “impact”—using that specific word—is a tremendous pronouncement that can really only be gleaned from using a randomized control trial, the gold standard of research methods. Since most arts organizations aren’t doing that, it can be tricky for us to claim “impact” specifically—yet, this is often what our grantmakers and donors want us to do. Understanding that our terminology plays differently in different realms is critical.

With research playing such a critical role in the broader advocacy work done by our field—not just by organizations like Arts for LA and Americans for the Arts, but by each individual organization striving to make its outcomes known to the broader public—we really must embrace not only the existing research of our field, but we must be savvy about how we present our outcomes whether we believe we strive to be scholarly about it or not.

Arts Research Event Photo

This post was submitted by Charlie Jensen.

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Volunteer Opportunity: 18th Street Arts Center

3:18 pm in Resources & News by Nicole Rademacher

18th Street Arts Center: Exhibition and Performance Opening Reception

18th Street Arts Center is seeking enthusiastic and professional event volunteers on Saturday, November 16 from 4:30-9:30pm for a dual opening: Be Dammed by Carolina Caycedo and Ni Chana Ti-Juana by first-year students of the Otis Graduate Public Practice Program.

Event volunteers will support:
Logistics: event set-up and breakdown, way-finding and traffic direction
Hospitality: greeting guests, guest check-in and pouring refreshments

This is a great event for art-lovers and for those interested in the intersection of art and community issues.

To become part of the 18th Street team email

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you soon!

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Non-profit Fundraising and Marketing Agency Internship

6:17 pm in Professional Development, Professional Opportunities by Kecia Lettington

The Lukens Company is a direct response fundraising and marketing agency that works with prestigious museum, performing arts, and other non-profit clients. This opportunity is for an ambitious self-starter who is looking to gain valuable experience in a marketing agency environment. This position will be based in our downtown Los Angeles office, located in the vibrant Arts District.

Responsibilities include assisting members of the account team in managing all aspects of direct mail, email communications, online advertising, telefundraising, social media, print and mailshop production, and data analytics for multiple projects. The position will also have exposure to strategy development for various fundraising and membership programs.

The ideal candidate will be extremely organized, will have a meticulous attention to detail and be naturally able to multi-task and prioritize according to deadlines. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills are also necessary to be successful. Proficiency in Excel is a plus.

We will consider students or recent grads that are able to work at minium 20 hours per week with a 4-6 month commitment. An hourly wage will be provided.

Please email resume and availability to and include “Internship Opportunity” in the subject line.

This post was submitted by Kecia Lettington.

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Volunteer Artist Mentor

7:51 am in Professional Opportunities by Carina Downing

Venice Arts is always interested in finding qualified volunteers who can assist with our youth programs. Professionals and college students with background qualifications in the following may apply: photography, film/video, animation, multimedia and/or visual arts. Many of our mentors use volunteering as a way to gain teaching experience in their field. Others simply want to inspire young people to hone their craft. Volunteers will be trained by Venice Arts staff and given artist mentor assignments, in our Venice programs, and/or at offsite partner locations.

Must be a photographer, filmmaker, animator, multimedia or visual artist working with media. Experience teaching or working with youth is preferred, but not necessary.

Job Dates:
We are currently looking for Volunteer Artist Mentors for our Academic Year, September 21 2013 through May 3, 2014. You can work during our Fall Session Sept – December or during our Spring Session February through May, although preference will be given to those who can commit to working the full academic year.

You will be part of a team comprised of a Lead Artist, with background and experience in education, who works cooperatively with volunteer artist mentors to teach the workshops.

Volunteer artist mentors are asked to arrive to their assigned workshop at least 30 minutes early and stay after class for 15-30 minutes to work with the Lead Artist, review the lesson plan, and prepare for that day’s class. Volunteers are welcomed, and encouraged, to prepare and lead lessons, and present their own work, when appropriate.

Please email us at to receive an application, or go to to download the PDF.

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5:20 pm in EAL/LA, Events by K. Ryan Henisey


The EAL/LA Leadership Team believes that #ArtsMatter. Here were the messages we sent out to support The LA Fund.

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ADVOCACY: ArtsDay 2013

12:10 pm in EAL/LA, Events by K. Ryan Henisey

Join Arts For LA on ArtsDay 2013 for the City Council meeting in the John Ferraro City Council Chamber of Los Angeles City Hall.  The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

ArtsDay is an opportunity to unite artists, audiences, and arts organizations with the leaders who represent them in City Hall. The first 250 people to sign up to attend will receive a free, awesome T-shirt designed by a local artist.

This is a chance for EAL/LA members to get excited about their district and join others in advocacy for the arts. ArtsDAy highlights the arts from all spheres of life, from education to business, public safety to health care, transportation to innovation.

You can participate in a vareity of ways that include joining Arts For LA for the city council meeting (direct sign up here), thanking your council member (here), and posting this badge to your social media page.

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Geek On: Arts Leaders Tackle the Otis Report on The Creative Economy

5:57 pm in EAL/LA, Events, Resources & News by K. Ryan Henisey

By K. Ryan Henisey and Stephanie Stallings

The good news: arts leaders are encouraged by the high salaries of performing artists, the size of the arts sector’s impact on the LA area economy and the wide variety of arts represented in the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region . The bad news: those same leaders are surprised by the projected slow growth of the economic rebound and they want more and clearly defined data. Overall, arts leaders are impressed that this research is being done and are pleased by the amount of economic weight the arts have in our community. The question remains then, how do we use this information –  for advocacy and to form partnerships?

One can easily see how the 2012 Otis Report emerges from the trend of attempting to determine the economic value of the arts for advocacy and funding purposes—an attempt also seen in Americans for the Arts’ release of the national Arts and Economic Prosperity IV last year.

While the AEP IV focuses on the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry, the Otis Report gathered data in new and interesting ways. Building on Richard Florida’s “creative class” theories, it incorporated the local visual and performing arts economy into the larger scheme of creative enterprise in the Los Angeles region. By doing so, it makes a much more persuasive argument about how the arts contribute to overall economic development.

The report mattered to the leaders gathered at the LA Stage Alliance and Emerging Art Leaders / Los Angeles event on Monday, February 4th, because it shows that the “creative economy is the fourth largest employment cluster” and “creates one out of eight jobs” in the region.  It states that “direct and indirect employment in the creative industries based in Los Angeles County totaled 589,600 jobs in 2011.” These numbers have an impact on the regional economy and on the creative sector.  The report also moves away from the “art for art’s sake” model built on the attempt to convey the intrinsic cultural and aesthetic value of the arts, an approach that has lost much of its efficacy due to shifting demographics and economic uncertainty.

In a workshop led by Terence McFarland, CEO of LA Stage Alliance, 25-30 LA Area arts leaders and emerging leaders tackled the Otis Report on the Creative Economy for 2012. The widely diverse group discussed challenges, hopes, and action steps needed with this large report on creative money making.

McFarland led a lively discussion with break out groups covering the Otis Report as a whole. Participants discussed their biggest surprises and worries concerning the report and ways to leverage the information to further the creative economy and economic growth in LA.

Though largely representative of nonprofit arts organizations, the participants discussed actions and displayed an interest in using the information presented within the Otis Report to further enhance the creative economy of the region. Many members called for further work with local chambers of commerce and policy makers, developing a wider nonprofit community dedicated to furthering the creative economy, and building lines of communication concerning economic growth in the arts sector to city councils, law enforcement, and more.  These thoughts reveal of willingness for cross sector collaboration in the development of a total creative economy among participants.

There were some concerns with the report voiced in the room.  There were questions concerning the data, especially ways in which nonprofit arts organizations were lumped with for profit arts and Hollywood. One of the largest complaints across the room was that the report did not clearly define what constituted the creative economy – for instance, the inclusion of journalism as an arts sector with no inclusion of any other publishing media.  Participants pointed out other missing bits of information including statistics on higher education, job placement, and job loss across the arts sector.

Overall, the atmosphere was positive, with participants clearly concerned with how to effectively use the measurements of the Otis Report in meaningful ways across LA.  It was remarked with seriousness that the Otis Report reveals LA to be an arts capitol in our nation. McFarland and EAL/LA closed the evening with a promise to keep the conversation alive with more sessions dedicated furthering the impact of the data and the creative economy.

More than anything, the Otis Report gives us data about how the arts interact with other areas of the creative ecosystem in the Los Angeles region. It’s now up to us to leverage the data and continue to build coalitions that recognize the unique contributions of the for-profit and non-profit arts to education, connectivity, engagement, and economic prosperity.

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