A term in review…

Congratulations to everyone on finishing their fall term!

Before everyone goes into a much needed and deserved Winter Break hibernation, we would like to take a quick moment to say THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered and participated in the ELAN events this term. We are off to a great year, and would like to share with you some of our highlights.

ELAN is in the process:
Inspired by the national Emerging Leaders Network through Americans for the Arts (AFTA), ELAN emerged to better focus the efforts of the Arts & Administration student organization. This term, ELAN formally linked to the national AFTA network, created a website, and implemented a new logo designed by ELAN SAC Representative Milo Petruziello. As an official Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) student organization, ELAN has undergone a 2009-10 budget review, successfully submitted a 2010-2011 budget draft, and attended mandatory Program Council Meetings. Special thanks to ELAN Treasurer Amanda Sipher for taking the lead on these initiatives and her amazing attention to detail. Through such activities ELAN continues to be both a responsible and sustainable organization.

ELAN is in the community:
ELAN continues to show its support for Eugene’s local arts initiatives and has made its presence known in the community through participation in events such as hosting a table at the Business Recognizing Arts Vision and Achievements (BRAVA) Breakfast hosted by the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) and coordinated by ELAN’s Vice Representative Mindy Linder, joining the celebration at Midtown Arts Center for Eugene’s Day of Culture, and attending the “Building Our Next Economy: A Regional Prosperity Summit” hosted by the Cities of Eugene and Springfield.

During orientation week, ELAN hosted the “Community Partner Reception” at the Maude Kerns Art Center to say thank you to our local arts organizations who continue to support us and the AAD program through practicums and internships. This provided a great introduction and opportunity for students to meet and begin building relationships with Eugene’s arts organizations.

ELAN is in the dialogue:
ELAN continues to create opportunities for civic engagement and community dialogue. In honor of National Arts & Humanities Month, ELAN hosted its first Creative Conversation on “Arts & Business Collaboration”. The conversation, hosted by Davis’ Restaurant and Bar, was attended by over fifty community members and students who were invited to participate in round table discussions. Thanks again to our wonderful table hosts, ELAN members Megan Blankenship, Sarah Collins, Milo Petruziello, and Amanda Sipher.

In partnership with the Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy (CCACP), ABAE, and the City of Eugene, ELAN hosted a town hall dialogue at DIVA on “How Your Community Can Thrive Through the Arts” featuring Randy Cohen, vice president of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts.

Again, thank you for everyone’s hard work this term. Rest up… there’s more work to do!

On a special note – We would like to say a big thank you to Tina Rinaldi and the faculty for their ongoing support of ELAN initiatives. Your guidance and advice is greatly appreciated.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy new year!


Michael Fisher
Arts & Administration, Master’s Candidate
Nonprofit Management, Certificate Candidate
University of Oregon

Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN)
Americans for the Arts

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