Emerging Art Leaders

EALD Updates:

  • We've launched the first ever survey of emerging arts managers in the Detroit area. By completing it, you are doing a major service for the arts​, ​​and support​ing​ and creat​ing​ a platform for emerging arts leaders in Detroit. Please take 5 minutes to fill it out:​.

  • Come out to our Happy Hour Tuesday, June 2​ from 5:30-7:30​ at H​ello​ Records​ and D​itto​D​itto​​ in Corktown,​ with guest​ speaker​ Simone DeSousa, Owner of Simone DeSousa Gallery. We'll be outdoors if the weather permits!

  • Save the Date! EALD's 2nd major initiative takes place on Saturday, August 15th from 11AM-3PM, Break & Build | Breaking Down Barriers & Building Detroit’s Cultural Landscape. Break and Build is an opportunity for Detroit's cultural network to collaboratively brainstorm about what support structures would benefit them as a whole, and set up the framework to build a stronger collective future. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

We're Here!: After great effort from Detroit's arts community, Forward Arts is very happy to officially launch the Emerging Arts Leaders Detroit program, and local chapter of the Americans For The Arts Emerging Leaders Network.

What started in 2010 has came to fruition in 2014. And now we have a Steering Committee and monthly Happy Hour events with great speakers. Outside out of the Happy Hours we will be hosting at different arts spaces around Detroit, we promise we have a couple of other items still up our sleeve. We'll share with you as soon as we can!

The Emerging Arts Leaders Detroit Steering Committee is Julien Godman (PuppetART Theatre), Sherrine Azab (A Host of People, Network of Ensemble Theaters), Noah Morrison (Ponyride, Kresge Arts In Detroit), Dalia Reyes (Detroit Artist Market), Angela Gallegos (WDET), Alison Piech (Detroit Institute of Arts, MCACA New Leaders), Nathaniel Wallace (Indie Art Dealer), and Missy Ablin (University of Michigan Mellon Design Fellow). It's a dream team!

Going forward, EALD Steering Committee will build both an Advisory Board for the program, and a leadership series aimed at getting young leaders from other fields more involved in, and educated about, the arts.

What We're About: Within the arts in Detroit, there is a strong need and opportunity for collaborations between organizations, communities and industries that share the same interests. Since as early as 2008, members of Emerging Arts Leaders Detroit (EALD) Steering Committee have been involved in various discussions and studies on the issues of leadership succession, connecting the next generation of leaders from the Detroit arts community, and empowering them to take the reins and incorporate their own ideas to solidify and advance quality arts and access to creativity in the city and region. Supporting the next generation of cultural administrators and leaders is a crucial component to advancing Detroit’s artistic community. A young professional arts network will strengthen the skill-set of young arts leaders, create deeper connections, opportunities, and collaborations in the arts. Ultimately, EALD strives for a more vibrant, interconnected arts and culture sector.

Specifically, survey data pulled from the 2009-2010 Emerging Leaders Network, a nation wide network and program of Americans For The Arts, indicted that emerging art leaders are looking for ways to educate themselves and connect with others in their field. In Detroit, where the arts play a large role in our community, it is critical to start establishing a network of our own. Building, connecting, and elevating the skill set of this network will strengthen and create more opportunities for art managers and entrepreneurs, art organizations, and artists. EALD also advances many of the initiatives this region is already addressing (education, connecting people for a better and stronger community, entrepreneurship, better jobs, etc.)

If you would like to know more and/or get involved, please email


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