AFTA Emerging Leaders Council Elections
Hi everyone! I’ve applied for a spot on Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Council.
I need help to get there! It’s an elected position, voted on by members of Americans for the Arts.
If you’re a member, please read my statement below and then use this link to vote for me: http://www.artsusa.org/networks/emerging_leaders/about_us/council/voting/2013_election.asp
If you’re not a member… consider sharing this with your friends/colleagues who might be members?
Thanks a million.
I’ve spent my entire career working with arts organizations – hundreds of them – though I’ve never been employed by one. As Director of Product Development for Patron Technology, I lead a team that’s building technology to help arts administrators run their organizations better. The core of my job is to deeply understand how arts organizations can market and manage themselves more effectively, and then translate that information into useful tools for them to use. Our product, PatronManager CRM, integrates ticketing, subscriptions, fundraising, e-mail marketing, and staff collaboration functions, which means I have intimate knowledge and experience with almost every aspect of running an arts organization.
Each year, I’m directly in touch with hundreds of arts managers, and I understand their current needs and struggles. Long phone calls about membership management, site visits where I hang out in the box office for an evening (and in one case, even helped run will-call), surveys to find out what matters most to marketing directors – I’ve done all these things and more, all with the ultimate goal of creating a CRM system that lets arts managers focus more of their energy on making art and running their organizations, and less time grappling with outdated technology.
My knowledge and expertise about arts administration goes beyond the development of PatronManager. In 2011, I co-wrote a book called Breaking the Fifth Wall: Rethinking Arts Marketing for the 21st Century (www.thefifthwall.com), a handbook for arts managers on how to build and strengthen relationships with patrons using e-mail, social media, and other technologies. (The book has also been translated and published in Spain: Rompiendo la Quinta Pared!)
My own experience as an “emerging” arts professional has been shaped by the outstanding managers and mentors I’ve worked with over the years, both at Patron Technology and through other connections in the arts community, and I’m eager to take what I’ve learned and share it with others. I’ve already taken steps in that direction, presenting conference sessions at NAMP, ArtsReach, and (soon) INTIX that advocate for building better cross-generational relationships among arts administrators. Also, since joining the board of ELNYA last year I’ve helped to create programming to give other emerging arts leaders access to the same kind of mentorship and professional development I’ve benefited from in my career.
I’d been aware of the Emerging Leaders Council for some time, but my interest in joining was confirmed when I attended the Emerging Leaders Preconference day at the AFTA Convention in June – I met a great group of people who are committed to strengthening the field, and the energy and momentum of the day was inspiring. Becoming a Council member seems like a natural next step for the work I’ve already been doing, and I’m excited about the prospect of helping and advocating for emerging arts leaders on a national scale.
In today’s peek into the archives, a Museum staff member models the male giraffe seen today in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals. (February 1928)
Fun fact: The palm tree in the Water Hole diorama, in which you can see this giraffe, is the first painting by prolific Museum artist James Perry Wilson.