Past Events

2015-2016 Programming

Winter 2016 Open Forum

On Wednesday, January 20th (6-8 PM) ElAN came together at the Barnlight (East) to talk about upcoming events and opportunities, and facilitated a conversation about what matters to members. AAD Associate Professor John Fenn gave a presentation about his new position as Cultural Agent for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, recruiting students to help with the State of the Union story circle project, and the possibility of ELAN’s involvement in organizing a campus hub. We also heard from Eugene’s contemporary arts group, Tropical Contemporary, selected Seattle as our location for ArtsVenture this year, and signed up members for Beats & Brushstrokes planning committees (Development, Marketing, Performance, Visual Arts, and Operations).

November Happy Hour at the Bier Stein

An informal social “Happy Hour” was held Tuesday, November 3rd, 8:00 PM at the Bier Stein in downtown Eugene.

Beyond Networking: Establishing Meaningful Connections

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On Tuesday, November 3rd (12:30-1:30 PM in Lawrence 249) Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) was proud to host the Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS) Director, Kassia Dellabough in presenting “Beyond Networking: Establishing Meaningful Connections”.This interactive discussion and workshop with students and creative professionals was designed for emerging art leaders to explore many different aspects when thinking beyond networking. Once networking has been established, how do we navigate the process that happens afterward to stay connected and memorable? Within this workshop we explored some of these concepts (among others):

  • Who are you? How do you build your professional identity?
  • Types of connections across the arts & culture sector
  • Navigating personalities
  • Exposure and “getting out there”
  • How do we sustain meaningful connections?

Fall 2015 Open Forum

October 5, 2015 – ELAN welcomed incoming and returning students to McMenamins on High Street for the first ELAN Open Forum. This was a great way to kick-start involvement, learn more about ELAN, mingle with fellow students and professionals, find others with shared interests, and we even had a little fun. As a professional development organization, we want to know what drives your passions and what ELAN can do for you!

AAD Practicum Fair & Community Partner Reception

As emerging members in the arts community in Eugene and Springfield, AAD’s graduate, undergraduate students, and faculty are grateful for the opportunities for professional development provided by all our local arts organizations. With this in mind,  AAD faculty and the student organizations within AAD: Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) and the Student Advisory Group (SAG), collaborate to put on this annual Practicum Fair & Community Partners Reception in order to celebrate the presence, support, and success of our local organizations. This event introduces incoming and returning students to opportunities with in these organizations; including their yearly events and productions, volunteer opportunities, practicum field work, and internship positions. The 2015 Community Partners Reception & Practicum Fair will take place September 23, 2015 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

A representative from each attending Community Partner will be on hand with printed materials about their organization and ready to answer student questions.

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Sign up to join ELAN during the Practicum Fair and be entered into a raffle for gift certificates from our wonderful local sponsors: Red Wagon Creamery, The Duck Store, and Townshend’s Tea Company!

This year the event is being hosted by two organizations: The Jazz Station and Oregon Contemporary Theater. The reception will begin at the Jazz Station at 2 pm.

2015 AAD Practicum Fair and Community Partner Reception

Many local organizations have provided time and expertise through sponsoring an AAD practicum student, helping  to ensure the professional development and advancement of national and local arts community leaders. As current or incoming AAD graduate students, we hope you will join us this year for a special event to connect with local arts organizations, experience the downtown community and get to know each other. Please join us for food and beverages, raffle items and be prepared to make connections! On behalf of all of us at ELAN, we look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!

For information about practicum, visit the new AAD Practicum Website,

2013-2014 Programming

ELAN’s Last Happy Hour & Membership Party

When: Thurs, June 5th, 8pm
Sarah Turner’s house: 435 w. 12th

ELAN celebrated a great 2013-2014 year and thanked the members that made is amazing!

Professional Development Lecture with Nina Simon!

When: Thurs, May 22nd 8:30am-11am
Where: EMU Ballroom

The incredible Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and Museum 2.0 blogger, and author of The Participatory Museum came to talk to us about what she is doing to make art museums more participatory. We learned from a leader in the field of audience engagement and participatory arts, and were inspired to be your own emerging leaders!

Happy Hour Workshop Series: Learn to Sew

When: Wed, May 14th
Where: 1383 Lawrence Street, #5

We had a great time at our new happy hour workshop series with Meredith Wong teaching us basic sewing techniques and materials donated by the UO Craft Center!

Spring Open Forum

When: Friday, April 4th 5-6pm
The Cannery

ELAN had it’s last Open Forum of the 2013-2014 year at The Cannery. We discussed how Beats & Brushstrokes went, talked about upcoming events and elections.

March Happy Hour

When: Thursday, March 27th 8-10pm
The Cannery, 345 E 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

We had a great Happy Hour over Spring Break, where we networked with other members and drew blind portraits of each other!

Beats & Brushstrokes 14′

When: Sat, March 1st 7-11pm
Where: Peterson Barn Community Center

Beats & Brushstrokes is ELAN’s annual fundraiser and biggest art party of the year!  This year it was held at the Peterson Barn Community Center, where we had around 80 pieces of art made from vinyl records go up for auction! There was also beer provided by Ninkasi, music from DJ Knack Attach and Natty Flix, free button making and art activities, tons of delicious food, a grand prize raffle for a Bijou membership, a photobooth from Papermoon Photography and an overall fun night of dancing! Thank you to all who came and supported ELAN!

January Happy Hour

When: Thursday, Jan 23rd 8-10pm
Where: The Cannery – 345 E 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

ELAN had our first Happy Hour of the new year! We had a great time getting to know each other and did a mini open mic at The Cannery!

Winter Open Forum

When: Tuesday, Jan 14th 5-5:50pm
LA 249

ELAN members met to play a game, vote on our ArtsVenture location (we chose Eureka!), and talk about volunteering for Beats & Brushstrokes 2014!

November Happy Hour!

When: Thursday, Nov. 21st 8-10pm
Where: The Barn Light : 924 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401

Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network had a great second Happy Hour! We drank; we mingled; we made art; we were happy!

Creative Conversations: Bridging the Bubble between Campus & Community in the Arts!!

When: Wednesday, October 30th from 6-8pm
Where: Oregon Supported Living Program – Lincoln Gallery: 309 W. 4th St. Eugene, OR 97401

The university campus is often described as a bubble that separates students and community members. Arts organizations in the community can find it difficult to reach out to students, while students can have trouble connecting with the Eugene community. ELAN brought people together at Creative Conversations to discuss how we can better the relationship between campus and community!!

Creative Conversations consisted of a panel presentation and break-out discussion groups that covered:

  • Building student internship programs
  • Forming student/community collaborations
  • Attracting students to downtown Eugene
  • Connecting community members to UO arts

October Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, Oct. 23rd from 5-7pm
Where: The Barn Light : 924 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401

Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network had our first happy hour at The Barn Light! We hung out to mix and mingle with artsy minded folk, chatted about upcoming events, discussed Eugene art interests and made new friends. Stay tuned for November’s Happy Hour!

Fall Open Forum

When: Wednesday, Oct. 16th from 5-5:45pm
Where: Lawrence Hall Room 249

ELAN members discussed what ELAN is and how become a member, how to get involved in upcoming events and brainstormed ideas of where we are going for ARTSVENTURE this year!!

Community Partners Reception & Practicum Fair

When: Monday, September 23rd from 4-6pm
Where: Oregon Contemporary Theatre: 174 W Broadway

The Community Partners Reception & Practicum Fair is a chance for UO Arts Administration students and other ELAN members to meet arts organizations in the community. It is also a time for students to look for practicum, internship and mentorship opportunities with community organizations.

2012-2013 Programming

Professional Lecture with Jennifer Armstrong

When: Friday, May 17 from 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Where: Ford Lecture Hall in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

We are excited to host Jennifer Armstrong, co-founder of the National Emerging Leaders Network!! Please join us for this amazing lecture and ELAN’s last event of the year at the Ford Lecture Hall in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art 12-2pm directly following the UO Arts Education Roundtable!! The event is FREE to the public.

Jennifer will talk about her experiences as a leader, the lessons she has learned, what it means to build a network and how to emerge as an arts leader. Jennifer Armstrong is the Director of Community Arts Development for the Illinois Arts Council, coordinating research and program initiatives focused on community development throughout the state. She is a co-director for Illinois’ biennial statewide arts conference and the Illinois Local Arts Network, both in partnership with Arts Alliance Illinois. Jennifer is a co-founder and past Chair of Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Council, and was the recipient of the inaugural Emerging Leader Award in 2006. She serves on the boards of The Association of American Cultures and the Robert E. Gard Foundation.

ArtsVenture to Seattle!!

When: April 4-7, 2013
Where: City of Seattle, WA

ELAN members went to Seattle from April 4 –7, 2013 to connect with arts organizations in the Northwest and gain professional development experience. Members visited the Fry Museum, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the One Million Bones Project at the Olson Kundig Architects, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle International Film Festival. They got to talk with arts administrators in the fields of education, public relations and program development and receive a behind-the-scenes look at a range of arts organizations.

Spring Open Forum

When: Friday, April 12 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Where: Lawrence Hall, Room 249

We will be introducing the incoming leadership team and will facilitate a conversation around our about upcoming programming. We will also have a special guest appearance by the lovely Karen Rainsong, Executive Director at the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene. She will be taking us on a virtual tour of the Eugene A Go-Go site and will provide us with tips for navigating and making the most of this valuable community resource.

Beats & Brushstrokes ’13

When: Saturday, February 23 from 7PM– 11PM
Where: ELAN is thrilled to partner with local business owners, Byron and Caitlin Gold, to host Beats & Brushstrokes at Crossfit Evviva. Located downtown at 234 W. 6th Avenue, Evviva’s 2-level warehouse space for high intensity strength training and cycling, will be an exciting new venue for ELAN’s annual fundraising event.

$5 admission includes a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres. Additional drinks available for purchase. Vinyl spinnin’ by DJ Leftovers, a photo booth and more! FREE PARKING in the Hult Center parking garage one block away! (6th & Olive). Get ready for the best party in Eugene!

Winter Open Forum

When: Monday, January 7th from 10:30 – 11:30AM
Where: Lawrence Hall, Room 249

The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) will be hosting our quarterly open forum gathering from 10:30-11:30 AM on Monday, January 7th. This open forum will directly follow the AAD Open Forum Breakfast that will take place in Lawrence Hall, room 249. At this 2013 Winter Open Forum, ELAN members are invited to participate in a debriefing discussion regarding Fall events, be provided with information about becoming an ELAN member (if you new to ELAN!), gain important facts about the Arts Action Fund, and details on Beats and Brushstrokes, ArtsVenture and our upcoming Professional Development Workshop. Come a tad bit hungry as homemade cookies will be served!

Fall Open Forum

When: Friday, October 26th from 7PM – 8PM
Where: Ninkasi Brewery, 272 Van Buren Street

The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) will be hosting our quarterly open forum gathering from 7 pm-8 pm on Friday, October 26 at Ninkasi Brewery. We have chosen this spot because (sub)Urban Projections will be projection bombing on the sidewall of Ninkasi Brewing! Have a beer, socialize, and try your hand at digital graffiti! Information on the November (sub)Urban Projections festival will also be provided. The projections will be up until 9 pm. ELAN invites all students interested in learning more about ELAN to attend this exciting networking opportunity. Come learn about ELAN, sign-up as a member and hear about upcoming events. It is also a chance for all students to participate in an informal dialogue about professional development and arts engagement and how ELAN can better serve you in these areas.

ELAN Portland Alumni Showcase

When: Saturday, October 13th from 10AM – 5PM
Where: Portland, Oregon

The University of Oregon Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network had a successful professional development event, the Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network Portland Alumni Showcase. The purpose of this event was to introduce current ELAN members to former Arts Administration graduate students who are  currently working in arts organizations in the Portland Metro Area, and to expose ELAN members to a sampling of arts organizations and programming in Portland. This event also served as a preview to the kinds of experiences that can be expected from the ELAN ArtsVenture in Spring, 2013.

Creative Conversations

When: Friday, October 19th from 6PM – 8PM
Where: Red House (Oregon Supported Living Program) 263 W 13th Eugene, Oregon

ELAN (Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network) presents Creative Conversations:
Re-imagining Eugene – What the Arts Do for Downtown
Thank you to our inspiring panelists – Billie Moser, Courtney Stubbert, Edward Schiessl, and Sarah Collins – and our panel moderator, Britt Bowen. We had a full house, lots of birthday cake & creative discussions. It was an evening of collectively and artfully re-imagining Eugene’s downtown district! We hope you left with a few new connections & a whole lot of inspiration. #elanCC12 #nahm

Community Partners Reception

When: Thursday, September 20th from 3PM – 5PM
Where: Maude Kerns Art Center

The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) will be hosted our annual Community Partners Reception on September 20th from 3PM-5PM. The Community Partners Reception was the closing event for our 2012 Orientation Day, which all incoming students will be in attendance at. This event helped to foster the successful partnership between the University of Oregon Arts and Administration program and our community organizations.