Programs: Emerging Arts Leaders | Orange County



Emerging Arts Leaders | Orange County (EAL | OC) was founded in 2012 as a program of Arts Orange County.

Mission: To engage and empower rising professionals in the arts community.

Vision: To be a mechanism for strengthening future arts leadership by fostering connections between professional artists and arts professionals, encouraging and supporting creative innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit, developing skills, and facilitating networking among arts organizations, civic organizations and individual artists and producers.

Throughout the year, EAL | OC presents professional development activities like workshops, site visits to arts organizations, panel discussions, arts outings, and networking mixers. To get involved or find out more, please join our Facebook group, or email Arts Orange County Program Assistant Nicholas Thurkettle.

EAL | OC Steering Committee
Michelle Brouwer, Irvine Barclay Theatre
Diana Farrell, Lyric Opera of Orange County
Kay Linan, Pacific Symphony
Wesley Pinkham, Musco Center for the Arts





Emerging Arts Leaders make connections at the Huntington Beach Art Center




EAL | OC is a local chapter of the Americans for the Arts "Emerging Leader Network."

“The Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Program works to identify and cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America. It is an ideal way for new leaders to share their interests with others as they continue to develop their skills and their commitment to the arts. The Emerging Leader Program targets professionals who are new to the field, with up to five years of experience, or are 35 years of age or younger.” – Americans for the Arts