Beats and Brushstrokes #MakeYourMark

Get ready for the best art party in Eugene! Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network will host our 8th Annual Beats & Brushstrokes event at Sam Bonds Brewing Co. and the Barn Light East on Saturday, April 22 to celebrate multidisciplinary art and arts leaders.

Because our event is on Earth Day, we will put an emphasis on sustainable arts activities and participatory performances. There will be participatory art projects, local visual and performing artists, a silent auction and more! Stay tuned for more info – we will announce the artist line-up soon!

Thank you to our sponsors the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Donald R. Dexter, Jr., DMD!

Dr. Dexter is a local Eugene dentist with a passion for the arts. Since 2005 he has hosted over 100 local artists in his in-office art program. We are incredibly thankful to have him on board this year!

Free Food! Cash Bar – $1 of every beer will be donated to ELAN!


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Creative Conversations

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Hop Valley, 990 W 1st Ave, Eugene, OR

This interactive and engaging event will bring together individuals and groups who are working to cultivate arts and culture programs, events, and collaborations in Eugene.

Facilitated by Colette Ramirez, Community Events Manager for City of Eugene Cultural Services Division, Creative Conversations will engage participants in a series of rotating, roundtable discussions about challenges and opportunities that individuals and organizations are facing to cultivate arts and creative projects at the UO, Eugene and beyond.

WHAT | Creative Conversations
WHEN | Wednesday, March 8th @ 5:30 PM
WHERE | Hop Valley Brewing Barrel Room, 990 W 1st Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
COST | FREE Food is provided / Cash bar available

This is a unique opportunity for students, faculty, community leaders, campus organizations, community organizations, and student groups to network and come together for a collaborative discussion around arts and culture programming and leadership in Eugene. We encourage participants to share programming ideas,
challenges you might be facing, and what you’re all about!

Problem solve, workshop strategies, and connect with others who are working to encourage innovative, relevant arts and culture programming and participation at the UO and in the community!

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Museum Leadership Panel at the JSMA

On Tuesday, January 31st join the Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) for a professional development panel discussion on Museum Leadership at the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum (JSMA) from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. We are very excited to host four local professionals who have years of experience in the museum field.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, 2 PM – 3:30 PM
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Refreshments will be served

Guest panelists include:

  • Jill Hartz, Executive Director of JSMA and President of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
  • Deana Dartt, AAD Instructor and former Curator of Native American Art at the Portland Art Museum
  • Ann Craig, Director of Public Program at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History
  • David Turner, AAD Instructor and former Executive Director of several art museums including the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

This is an opportunity for students to gain valuable insight into an exciting field with many dimensions and moving parts! Learn different approaches towards organizing and leading museum programs, events, departments and initiatives. Including, potential challenges and necessary skills to become a successful museum professional.

The JSMA will be closed to the public on Tuesday, January 31st. Please use the back entrance (back double doors near loading dock) and check in with security. This event is free and open to everyone, light snacks and refreshments will be served.

For more information check out our Facebook page and contact with any questions!

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Pizza Party Fundraiser!

The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) is hosting an all day fundraiser at Tracktown Pizza on Wednesday, January 18th!

Join us from 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday, January 18th at Tracktown Pizza on Franklin Boulevard (across from Matthew Knight Arena to eat pizza, mingle with our local ELAN network, hang out with friends, and learn more about what ELAN has planned for 2017!

Enjoy whole pizzas, breadsticks, or salads for dine-in or carry-out and 50% of the proceeds from your order will be donated to ELAN. These funds will help ELAN produce professional development workshops and events for university students and arts and culture professionals in Eugene.

Can’t make it from 6 – 8 pm? That’s okay! Dine-in or carry-out whole pizzas, breadsticks, or salads at Tracktown’s Franklin Boulevard location any time on Wednesday, January 18th, mention the ELAN fundraiser or show them our fundraiser flyer, and 50% of the proceeds will still be donated to ELAN!

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Fall 2016 Open Forum

Fall Open Forum: Wednesday, October 19th, 4pm – 6pm


ELAN would like to extend our warm welcome and invitation to the first ELAN Open Forum next week! We will host an Open Forum once each term. This is a great opportunity to kick-start your involvement, learn more about all that ELAN does, mingle with fellow students and professionals, find others who share your interests, and have a little fun. As a professional development organization, we want to know what drives your passions and what ELAN can do for you! All are welcome to attend and we encourage you to bring your friends and family.

Fall Open Forum
Wednesday, October 19th @ 4pm
Barnlight East
545 E 8th Ave Suite A
Eugene, OR 97401

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2016 Practicum Fair and Community Partner Reception


The Arts & Administration program’s annual 2016 Practicum Fair and Community Partner Reception took place this past Thursday, September 22nd at the historic WOW Hall. Each year arts and culture organizations from Eugene and Springfield congregate to share their organizations and passions with our incoming and returning students. We are very grateful that our city hosts so many exceptional professional development opportunities for our students to become involved with their community and deepen their academic experience at the University of Oregon. With help from the student organizations within the Arts & Administration Program, Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) and the Student Advisory Group (SAG), we were able to welcome 18 community partners at this year’s Practicum Fair! Practicums are a great opportunity for our students to get hands-on experience in a structured environment to refine their current skills and learn about the field of Arts Management through partner organizations.

We would also like to thank our local businesses for continuing their support of our students and the arts in Eugene by donating raffle items that were given away during the 2016 Practicum Fair and Community Partners Reception. These items included exhibition catalogues from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, free admission to upcoming shows at the WOW Hall, and gift certificates from Red Wagon Creamery, Starbucks, Falling Sky Brewery, and Coldfire Brewing.

For more information about practicums or to consider a practicum position in your organization, please visit our AAD Practicum Blog.

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Cheers to Another Year

It has been an involved and rewarding year for the UO Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network! We have hosted professional development events on creative professional networking, events and festival planning; co-hosted the annual Arts & Administration Practicum Fair; coordinated “Creative Conversations: Idea Lab” to bring together those working in arts and culture at University of Oregon; threw an amazing party to celebrate arts leadership at Sam Bonds and the Barn Light East during the 7th annual Beats & Brushstrokes; brought producer, curator, writer, and programming director, Andy Horwitz to the UO; sent emerging arts leaders to Seattle for the yearly ArtsVenture professional development trip; and organized many Open Forums and Happy Hours to bring everyone together. We have all shared in the joy of the arts, learned from one another, and expanded our professional interests and our understanding of the field.


The 2015/2016 ELAN Leadership Team with Guest Speaker Andrew Horwitz

While this year’s leadership committee transitions to begin practicing out in the world, we welcome a new team of inspiring and motivated emerging arts leaders. We are delighted to announce the 2016/2017 leadership team: Karen Tate, Hannah Bastian, Lauren Nichols, Baylie Stillwell, and Brittney Leemon. Looking forward to what next year will bring.


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ArtsVenture in Seattle

UO Emerging Leaders in the Arts just ventured to Seattle! The annual ELAN ArtsVenture professional development trip gave students the opportunity to meet and learn from practitioners, and experience the arts and culture of Seattle. Eleven emerging arts leaders toured the Seattle Art Museum, met with Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager for the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and with Laurie de Koch, co-founder and executive director of JazzED. They experienced the Seattle Repertory Theatre, met with other AAD alumni, and much more during an eventful weekend in the “Emerald City.”

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The Agile Arts Manager in a Changing World – with Andrew Horwitz

Arts leader, cultural producer and critic Andy Horwitz will offer an interactive presentation on what it means to be an arts manager in the ever-changing cultural landscape. Drawing from the lessons of his own career and current trends in the sector, he will explore the intersection of programming, cultural production, criticism and community engagement. We will combine conceptual frameworks and practical tools to frame possible futures of arts administrators and cultural entrepreneurs in this rapidly evolving field. Hosted by UO Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN).

Friday, April 22, 2016, 10 AM – 12 PM
Lawrence Hall Room 249
Breakfast will be served


Andrew Horwitz is the Director of Programs at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. A critic as well as a cultural producer, he is the founder of the arts website and in 2014 was a recipient of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for his research project, Ephemeral Objects: Art Criticism for the Post-Material World.  In 2013-2014 he was co-organizer of The Brooklyn Commune Project, a grassroots, artist-driven research project in the economics of cultural production in the performing arts that produced a report, The View From Here, which was presented at the APAP Conference in 2014. From 2010-2013 he worked as the Director of Public Programs for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council where he curated The River To River Festival, a free, month-long multidisciplinary arts festival at sites throughout Lower Manhattan. Previously he worked as Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Foundation for Jewish Culture, Producer at Performance Space 122 and, from 2007-2009, as co-curator of the PRELUDE Festival at the Martin E. Segal Theater Center at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Other curatorial projects include “The Future At The End Of The World” at the Farley Post Office (December 2012), “Ephemeral Evidence” at Exit Art Gallery (May 2012) and “Ephemeral Objects” at the San Diego Art Institute (August 2015). He has lectured at universities throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K., most recently leading a graduate seminar on the theory and practice of cultural production in the 21st century at UC San Diego.

A few photos from Andy’s presentation:

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7th Annual Beats & Brushstrokes!

Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network is excited to invite you to join us for our 7th annual Beats & Brushstrokes fundraiser in celebration of arts leadership! This year we will celebrate block party style at both Sam Bond’s Brewing Co. and The Barn Light – East.

This year Beats & Brushstrokes includes a silent auction, local art exhibition, silent disco, local food, wine, craft beer, as well as live entertainment. Featured performers include the UO Slam Poets, DJ Mandy Mac, Conner Jay, Dez Anthony, and Ryder Sherwood. Eugene Printmakers will be doing letterpress demos throughout the night.

Funds raised from this event will be put towards ELAN’s professional development activities including its annual professional development retreat. This year students will head to Seattle to learn from local arts and culture leaders.

Date: Saturday, April 2nd, 7-10 pm
Locations: Sam Bonds Foundry (540 E 8th Ave) and Barn Light East (545 E 8th Ave)
Admission: $5 (This includes admission to both locations)

– DJ Mandy Mac
– Conner Jay
– Dez Anthony
– Ryder Sherwood

UO Slam Poets (UO Poetry Slam) will also be performing! Additionally, we will feature local artwork and host a silent auction. The lovely Facisha Farce will be our M.C. for the night.

– Silent Rave by Kozlow

SPECIAL THANKS to our venues, performers, and sponsors!
The Barn Light – East
Sam Bond’s Brewing Co.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Jimmy John’s
UO Poetry Slam
Facisha Farce
Dez Anthony
UO Cultural Forum
Unwind Foot Spa
Eugene Printmakers
Euphoria Chocolate Company
Sweet Life Patisserie
Sundance Natural Foods
The Duck Store
Oregon Contemporary Theatre
Sarver Winery
Red Five Hotdog Company
Eugene Concert Choir
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery
Red Wagon Creamery
Craft Center, University of Oregon
Oregon Bach Festival
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
Oregon Supported Living Program
De Casa Fine Foods
Track Town Pizza

This event would not be possible without all of you! We are grateful for your support!

Beats and Brushstrokes 2016 Poster

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