2020 BOARD MEMBERS

Dalia Azim, President

Blanton Museum of Art

Katy Daly, Vice President

Austin Theatre Alliance & Paramount Theatre

Kate Murray, Treasurer

Unfine Arts & Texas Folklife

Kendyll Gross

Education and Visitor Services Coordinator for the Art Galleries at Black Studies

A BRIEF HISTORY OF EAL AUSTIN

Austin Emerging Arts Leaders began in 2012. After meeting at the Americans for the Arts National Convention in San Antonio, Sarah Rucker and Anne-Marie Mckaskle-Davis formed and facilitated the first gatherings, providing participants with a community in which to share experiences as early-career creative professionals, and a space to address challenges and fulfill needs through peer support. The very first membership meeting took place at Austin’s City Hall in August 2012, in conjunction with the People’s Gallery Artist Talk.

Official status as Texas’ first Americans for the Arts chapter followed shortly thereafter (Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston were quick to follow suit). The Board of Directors structure was formalized in 2013, and facilitated events and activities began to grow out of the community of members and volunteers, including quarterly panel discussions, scholarships for emerging artists, and networking events. A general partnership was established in 2015 to further formalize operations, with Austin Creative Alliance serving as Austin Emerging Arts Leaders’ fiscal sponsor.

 More recently, the board has shifted to focusing on diversity and inclusivity in the creative sector of Austin. The New Philanthropists Board Inclusion Assessment resulted in candid conversations and a task to be more inclusive moving forward.

 

Towards the end of 2018, following the successful establishment of the EAL Mentorship program, the last of the original founding members moved on to their own personal endeavors and the organization saw an influx of new board leadership. The board shifted from a membership-based model to that of a non-profit that focused on mentorship, scholarship, and workshop opportunities for the Austin region and beyond. 

Over the course of 2019, due in particular to the contributions of Skyla Lowery and Heather Arnos, the original goal to become of 501(c)3 finally came into the picture. As of January 2020, we are an IRS designated non-profit with the mission of cultivating the next generation of arts leaders by developing inclusive systems for creative and personal growth.

Jeni Gossard, Secretary

Austin Chamber Music Center

Rachel Dennis

Independent Artist & Entrepreneur

Ian Tuski

Office of Provost Initiatives at UT

Kalyn Saylor

Art with Impact

Mitch Harris

Austin Theatre Alliance & Paramount Theatre

Lorie Martinez

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

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