News from SFBAEAP

Happy National Arts & Humanities Month!

1.) A Fall Mixer at the de Young – Photos, Thanks! & Stay Tuned

2.) Upcoming Event! Creative Conversation 2009:
Career Trajectories – Not A Straight Arrow
JUST ADDED! Ellen Oh, Executive Director, Kearny Street Workshop

3.) Local Emerging Leader responds to The Biggest Problem Facing the Arts

4.) Rosetta Thurman: Next generation leadership for social change

5.) Bay Area News!


A Fall Mixer at the de Young – Photos, Thanks! & Stay Tuned

It was great to see so many of you at the Fall Mixer at
the de Young. Thank you for coming out. Photos from
the event are NOW posted on the FaceBook page.
Check out your lovely and handsome selves.

Thanks again to our partner for this event, the de Young Museum, and to Wait Cellars for their generous in-kind
donation. Visit Wait’s website tosupport an emerging local winery:

Stay tuned for a message from Renee Baldocchi, the
de Young’s Director of Public Programs, for future
opportunities for collaboration.


Upcoming Event!

Creative Conversation 2009: Career Trajectories –
Not A Straight Arrow
Tuesday, October 13th, 7:00p-9:00p at Oakland
Asian Cultural Center

Join SFBAEAP for a panel and roundtable discussion with-

Evelyn Orantes, Cultural Arts Developer,
Education Department, Oakland Museum of California

Maia Rosal, Managing Director, Joe Goode Performance Group

Marc Vogl, Program Officer, Performing Arts Program,
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Ellen Oh, Executive Director, Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay area’s oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization.

Read their bios and reserve your spot here

$6 online or $8 at the door (to cover basic event expenses)

Who are you? What do you do? Where have you been? Where
are you going? Whether you are emerging, mid-career or established this is a discussion for YOU.

Jump on BART, get off at the Oakland 12 Street Station,
walk 5 minutes and meet us there.

Creative Conversations are a national discussion initiative
began 5 years ago by the Emerging Leader Council of
Americans for the Arts.

Creative Conversations are local gatherings of emerging
leaders in communities across the country and are part of a grassroots movement to elevate the profile of arts in America during National Arts & Humanities Month every October.

Visit for information on what’s going on around the country.

We still need a few volunteers. Let me know if you’re
available. You can earn free admission to this and future
SFBAEAP events.


The Biggest Problem Facing the Arts: Thoughts from
Michael Kaiser & local emerging leader Rachel Fink.

Michael Kaiser, President of the John F. Kennedy Performing
Arts Center in Washington D.C., and author of The Art of the Turnaround, wrote recently,

“The main challenge the arts world must address is the lack
of a large, trained corps of managers who know how to find resources, attract audiences and other constituents and
provide support to our artists.”

More at:

Rachel Fink, Bay Area emerging leader and Associate
General Manager of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, wrote
an excellent response, and I’d like to share part of it
with you,

“There isn’t a shortage of committed, eager, and smart emerging/mid-career arts management professionals
desiring to be the next generation of arts leaders.
The issue is the challenge of ‘getting a seat at the table.’
Over the past few decades, the non-profit arts have
developed an infrastructure which presents severe
challenges for talented candidates looking to advance
their careers.

An emerging/mid-career professional faces a myriad of obstacles in trying to climb their career ladder: limited
“stepping stone” salaried positions coupled with current
leaders postponing retirement and creating a severe
bottleneck; life/work balance challenges including
identifying ways of consistently making a living wage
(at a certain point, one wants to graduate from
“sleeping on a futon” or living in an apartment with
multiple roommates, let along having the resources to
start a family and buy a home); lack of health insurance;
limited opportunities for growth within an organization or
a specific city; limited access to or resources to support
deeper professional development and travel; and, a lack
of access to a cohesive, national networking structure.”

(more here

And I say, Go head Rachel….thanks for helping to clarify
the issue.


Have you read Rosetta Thurman? I’m a little bit of a
late adoper, so I’m just getting into blogs.

Rosetta promotes next generation leadership for
social change. Here are a few of my favorite columns
from the last couple of weeks,

When No Means Yes: What Generation Y Leaders Can
Learn From Michelle Kwan

How the Recession is Hurting Young Nonprofit Leaders


Bay Area News!
Big ups to Brava Theater in the Mission & Raelle

Out today! from American Theatre, the magazine of
Theatre Communications Group.

New Leaders, New Visions, featuring artistic director
Raelle Myrick-Hodges and her quest to reinvigorate a neighborhood anchor.

October is Funding for the Arts Month at the San Francisco Foundation Center. Lots of free and informative classes.

What events do you have in the works? Post it on the
SFBAEAP wall. We want to hear from you.

Happy Autumn.

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