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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GET + TOGETHER with Art of the Rural

Mark your calendar! Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) would like to invite the AAD community–students, faculty and staff–to a potluck gathering with Matthew Fluharty and AAD alumna, Savannah Barrett, from Art of the Rural. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with two practitioners who are doing innovative work related to creative placemaking, community arts and development, and are paving the way for the future of rural arts and culture. Please bring a dish that’s meaningful to you and an accompanying story.

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Beats & Brushstrokes Call for Art

Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) is hosting its 7th annual Beats & Brushstrokes annual benefit and celebration of arts leadership! This year ELAN is partnering up with Sam Bonds Brewing and the Barn Light (East) on Saturday, April 2nd for a block-party style night of multidisciplinary art and celebration of arts leadership. The benefit will feature an array of live music and performance, visual arts, screen printing and silent auction. Beats & Brushstrokes is a celebratory event that the Eugene community takes pride in year after year.

A key part of Beats & Brushstrokes this year is a “Prints & Pots” show and sale featuring prints and ceramics by local artists. Artists can submit work by completing the following online form:

Submissions are due by March 28th.

100% of artwork sales go back to artists. ELAN only requests an artwork donation to its silent auction. Connect your work with an audience invested in the arts and help support arts and culture leadership!


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Q&A Panel: Events & Festival Management

Join Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) for a professional development Q&A panel on events and festival management, Wednesday March 2nd in Lawrence 230, 4:00-5:30 PM. We are excited to host four professionals within the field of arts and culture management who work closely with events and festivals.

Gain valuable insight into a specific professional field with many dimensions and moving parts! Learn different approaches towards organizing and implementing complex cultural events, potential challenges, and necessary skills to become a successful events manager.

Guest panelists include Jessica Watson (Lane Arts Council), Colette Ramirez (City of Eugene Cultural Services), Chelsea Joyce (UO Cultural Forum), and Erin Boberg Doughton (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art).

Jessica Watson is Lane Arts Council’s event organizer for the First Friday Art Walk. The monthly art walk showcases current art happenings around the greater Eugene area, with a central focus on downtown. Colette Ramirez, of the City of Eugene Cultural Services department, oversees the operations and logistics team of the event summer programing series EUGFun! as well as Fiesta Cultural happening each September. Chelsea Joyce is the Production Coordinator for the UO Cultural Forum, a University of Oregon program that presents music, film, visual and performing arts, contemporary issues, and hosts its very own summer festival, the Willamette Valley Music Festival. Erin Boberg Doughton is the Performing Arts Program Director for Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), a multidisciplinary arts organization that hosts the internationally known Time Based Arts (TBA) festival every summer in Portland.

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Beats & Brushstrokes Committees

We are looking for your help to plan and implement Beats & Brushstrokes, ELAN’s seventh annual fundraiser and celebration of arts leadership! This year we are partnering up with Sam Bonds Brewing and the Barnlight (East) for a block-party style, multidisciplinary night of art and art leadership, happening Saturday, April 2nd. We’re planning an array of live music, live performances, prints and pots exhibition, silent auction, screen printing, along with food and drinks. All proceeds raised from the event, including a dollar of every beer purchase, benefits the UO Chapter of Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network professional development activities, supporting arts leadership development and our annual professional development ArtsVenture in May.

Interested in gaining skills and expertise in development, marketing and events planning? Want to learn more about arts leadership and also have the opportunity to attend ArtsVenture in Seattle? Serve on a Beats & Brushstrokes planning committee! Diverse opportunities available depending on your interest: Development, Marketing, Performance, Visual Arts, and Operations. Just email

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Creative Conversations: Idea Lab

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Join Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) for Creative Conversations: Idea Lab, an opportunity for student and community leaders, campus organizations and student groups, and involved faculty to come together for a discussion about arts and culture programming and leadership at the University of Oregon. Share current and future programming ideas, challenges you might be facing, and tell us what you’re all about! Problem solve together, workshop strategies, and connect with others who are working to encourage arts and culture on campus, helping to create a more interconnected arts community at UO.

Facilitated by Tomi Anderson, Cultural Services Director for the City of Eugene, Creative Conversations will provide opportunities for networking, and roundtable discussions about challenges and opportunities facing those working to cultivate arts and creative projects at the University of Oregon and beyond. Possible topics may include arts marketing and outreach, engagement, student retention/involvement, media, event/exhibition planning, and fundraising.

WHEN: February 25th at 5:30 PM
WHERE: EMU Gumwood Room (we’ll bring the snacks!)

We hope that you come away from Creative Conversations with new ideas or approaches to problem solving in the arts, heightened awareness of activities and events on campus and in the community, possibilities for collaboration, and expanded connections with others who value arts and culture leadership.

Creative Conversations is hosted by the UO Chapter of the Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN), a student-run professional development organization at the University of Oregon that cultivates leadership, dialogue, and engagement within the arts and culture community.

For questions, or to confirm your participation, please email no later than Friday, February 19th.

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January Open Forum


We have reserved the gallery room of The Barn Light (East) to talk about upcoming ELAN events, opportunities, and facilitate a conversation about what matters most to you, our ELAN Network! The Barn Light has a happy hour until 7pm, so come at 6 pm to enjoy those lovely discounts! We can’t wait to see all of your smiling, cold faces there. 🙂

PLEASE NOTE: This is the most important meeting of the term! We’ll be discussing Beats & Brushstroke Committees and touching on ArtsVenture.

Date: Wednesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Barn Light East, 545 E 8th Ave.

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ELAN Happy Hour at the Bier Stein!

Join us for an informal social “Happy Hour” – Tuesday, November 3rd, 8:00 PM at the Bier Stein.

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Beyond Networking: Establishing Meaningful Connections

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Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) is proud to host the Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS) Director, Kassia Dellabough in presenting “Beyond Networking: Establishing Meaningful Connections”. This workshop is designed to explore networking for the professional creative. Once networking has been established, how do we navigate the process that happens afterward to stay connected and memorable? Within this workshop we will explore:

  • 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?

Join us Tuesday, November 3rd from 12:30-1:30 PM in Lawrence Hall room 249 (University of Oregon) for a discussion with fellow students and creative professionals. This interactive discussion is designed for emerging art leaders to explore many different aspects when thinking beyond networking. Snacks provided.

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