Protégé is EAL/LA's mentorship program, offering participants invaluable guidance and encouragement to strengthen their leadership capacity. It was formerly known as APAL (Arts Professional Advisor Link). Protégé consists of an open application process in which emerging creative professionals are paired with recognized local arts leaders to foster a reciprocal professional development experience.
Over the course of the year, mentors and protégés meet regularly to discuss mutually agreed upon topics with an emphasis on the protégé’s areas of interest and desired professional growth. In addition to these one-on-one meetings, the program hosts a launch event during which program participants meet and network, as well as a culminating event open to all EAL/LA membership and the broader community. Protégé is self-administered by its participants and the process of building relationships and idea-sharing has ignited new, innovative ways to approach leadership growth within the arts community.
The idea for Protégé emerged in 2007 during a convening for arts professionals—in association with Americans for the Arts—when the issue of mentorship was discussed and deemed essential for the advancement of future arts leaders in the greater Los Angeles arts community. The program addresses a growing concern for sustainable leadership in arts and culture organizations, as discussed in recent reports by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Young Nonprofit Professional Network – Los Angeles Chapter.
BECOME A PROTÉGÉ
Applications for the 2018 Protégé cohort are open. If you would like to be paired with one of the mentors listed below, please click here to fill out an application. Applications are due no later than March 2, 2018. EAL/LA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Applicants will need to complete an online application consisting of a personal statement, previous experience with mentorship, what they are looking for in a mentor and specific skills and tools they wish to develop throughout the program. Mentors will be paired with committed emerging professionals by aligning goals for professional development, areas of expertise and availability.
For more information about the program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aandrea Stang is an independent consultant with a focus on contemporary and socially engaged art practices. Specializing in audience engagement and program development, she has successfully developed and launched programs in museum, gallery and college settings.
Artistic Director, 18th Street Arts Center
Anuradha Vikram is a writer, curator, and educator, and Artistic Director at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. Recent publications include "'Naked in the Sight of the Object': Masking, Masquerade, and Black Identity" (X-TRA, vol. 18 no. 4, Summer 2016), “Becoming Human: Nam June Paik’s Futuristic Compassion” (X-TRA, vol. 18 no. 1, Fall 2015), “A Brief and Incomplete History of Art and Technology Ventures in the Bay Area 1980-2010” (Afterimage, vol. 41, no. 6, Summer 2014), and “Sonya Rapoport: A Woman’s Place is in the Studio” (Sonya Rapoport: Pairings of Polarities. Berkeley: Heyday, 2012). She has contributed essays to Leonardo, KCET Artbound, Artillery, Hyperallergic, Daily Serving, and OPEN SPACE, the blog of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Vikram holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and a BS in Studio Art from New York University. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate Public Practice program at Otis College of Art and Design, and a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association.
Brittany A. Gash
Marketing & Development Manager, Invertigo Dance Theatre
Brittany A. Gash has been in Marketing and Development for just over a decade and has a great passion for the arts. She is currently an independent Marketing Consultant and the Development & Marketing Manager for Invertigo Dance Theatre. She has spent the majority of her career within the nonprofit arts and has had the pleasure of working with a variety of arts organizations from theatre and music, to dance, visual art, and film. Some of her most notable clients include LA County Arts Commission, Ford Theatres, Brazilian Nites Productions, The Da Camera Society, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Towne Street Theatre and many more. She specializes in brand management, digital marketing, donor cultivation, social media, public relations, and fundraising. In her free time, she also offers a variety of consultation and coaching services for independent artists and enjoys teaching courses on Public Relations, Social Media, and Branding. Brittany received her MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with a Public Relations emphasis from California State University, Northridge. She currently serves on the boards of Emerging Arts Leader/Los Angeles, Jane Austen Society of North America/Southwest, and Helix Collective. To learn more about Brittany visit her website at www.BrittanyGash.com.
Program Director, Writers' Program, UCLA Extension
Charlie Jensen is the program director of the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. In his career, he has worked in for-profit, nonprofit, government, and higher education organizations, has managed a team of up to 15 people, managed facilities, developed programs, forged interdisciplinary partnerships, and sought to engage diverse constituencies in the arts. Story/Stereo, a hybrid music and literary event he created in Washington, DC, was identified as "one of the best free music events" by the Washington Post.
Director of Arts Education, LA County Arts Commission
Denise Grande is Director of Arts Education at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she oversees the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective, a cross-sector regional initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. In this role, she works alongside local, state and national colleagues to activate systemic change that ensures all of LA County’s 1.5 million public school students receive quality arts education. This involves promoting a Countywide common agenda, shepherding a 150+ partner coalition that engages over 100 arts organizations and 68 school districts, cultivating resources to expand support, guiding communications efforts and spearheading research that strengthens partners’ work and informs regional strategies for success. She leads a staff of eight and a team of consultants who provide customized coaching to school districts. Previously, Grande was Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships for the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center, annually serving 160 schools across 7 states. During her 20 years at The Music Center in Los Angeles, she played a leadership role in arts education program design, implementation, research, and evaluation. Grande received her BA from UCLA in dance and was a Coro Fellow through the California Arts Council’s Arts Leadership Fellow Program.
Institute Director, DIAVOLO
A Houston Native, Dusty Alvarado grew up as a competitive gymnast, actor, and dancer. He received his BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and worked in NYC as a professional dancer immediately following his graduation. After gigging it for a year, Dusty shook things up and moved to Israel to assist in the creation of The Aluminum Show. After two years of international touring with the Israeli show, Dusty auditioned for Diavolo and 3 weeks later was on a plane to Gwangyang, South Korea. He was involved in three creations with DIAVOLO, including Fluid Infinities, which premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2013. Currently in the role of DIAVOLO’s Institute Director, Dusty has helped expand the K-12 school programming from five to fifteen programs a year. His passion for offering his services continued by helping initiate and project direct DIAVOLO’s Veterans Project, a one-of-a-kind program that uses movement as medicine to help heal and connect our heroes.
Deputy Director, P.S. ARTS
Elda Pineda serves as chief advisor to the CEO, and guides organization-wide administrative policies, practices, and communications. She oversees all internal aspects of the organization, including operations, finance, service program development and delivery and employee professional development. Pineda began working in arts education as a theater teaching artist for Los Angeles County public schools. As an actor and teacher, she worked with educational outreach programs targeting at-risk youth, leading workshops for teens and young adults through theater company community programs, including Sinegang in Los Angeles and Sining KilUSAn in Seattle. Pineda pursued her interest in nonprofit management and the intersection of research, public policy, and practice and received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California- Sol Price School of Public Policy. She holds a B.A. from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television.
Felipe M. Sanchez
Program Manager, Emerging Artists and Arts Professionals, Center Theatre Group
Felipe M. Sanchez currently serves as Program Manager, Emerging Artists and Arts Professionals at Center Theatre Group. A native Southern California and a graduate of California State University Fullerton, he began his career at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Marketing and Communications. Thereafter, he moved on to community relations work with the PeaceBuilders program, an organization committed to creating safer and more positive learning environments. As Operations Manager at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), he supported educational programs and served as regional supervisor for the Getty Foundation’s Multicultural internship program. Felipe has a deep interest in the social and political history of Los Angeles and has dedicated his career to supporting the spirit of the arts, education, and cultural development in Los Angeles.
Partnerships Manager, Versa-Style Dance Company
Harry Weston grew up in Santa Cruz, California, surrounded by West African dance and drumming, his first artistic inspirations. He fell in love with hip-hop dance culture at age 15, changing his life and setting him on a path of creativity, community engagement, teaching and mentorship. At the age of 18, Harry Weston moved to Los Angeles to study dance at UCLA. A year later, in 2009, his journey in the arts and greater Los Angeles community began. He was asked to join Versa-Style Dance Company, became a Teaching Artist for The Flourish Foundation, and became program counselor for the UCLA Summer Dance Theater Intensive. In 2012, after graduating UCLA with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in World Arts and Cultures with a concentration in Dance, plus a minor in Civic Engagement, he continued growing in all three endeavors. Today, he is a Principal Dancer and Partnerships Manager for Versa-Style, Program Director for The Flourish Foundation, and Co-Director for what is now called the UCLA Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute. He continues to share his passion for the arts, mentorship, and community building through his passions and dedication.
Artistic and Executive Director, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Heidi Duckler is the Artistic Director and founder of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Since its inception in 1985, she has choreographed more than 200 original dance works at unique sites in Australia, Germany, Russia, Hong Kong, Montreal, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, and throughout Southern California. Titled “the reigning queen of site-specific performance,” by the L.A. Times, her work has been commissioned by the Brisbane Festival, Miami Light, Grand Performances, REDCAT, Aben Dans in Denmark, Brookfield Properties, the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, and Reed College among others. She earned a BS in Dance from the University of Oregon and an MA in Choreography from UCLA and is currently a Board Member of the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance Advancement Council. Duckler was recognized with an American Masterpieces Award from the National Endowment for the Arts to tour Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s signature work “Laundromatinee,” and was awarded two Dance/USA Engaging Dance Audiences grants. She has most recently been honored with the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s Maverick Award, and LA Weekly’s Best Site-Specific Dance Company Los Angeles and was featured as a TedxUCLA speaker in 2015.
Asst. Professor of Art and Gallery Director, Los Angeles Valley College
Jenene Nagy is a visual artist living and working in the Inland Empire. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1998 and her MFA from the University of Oregon in 2004. Nagy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Portland Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, and Samuel Freeman in Los Angeles, among others. Her work has been recognized with grants and awards from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, the Oregon Arts Commission, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Ford Family Foundation.
Along with a rigorous studio practice, Nagy is one half of the curatorial team TILT Export, an independent art initiative with no fixed location, working in partnership with a variety of venues to produce exhibitions. From 2011-12 she was the first Curator-in-Residence for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. Nagy's work is represented by Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART in Portland and Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver."
Program Officer, Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation
Lauren Nichols is a Program Officer at the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation where she supports the management of the organization’s grant-making program and related philanthropic activities. Before joining the Foundation, Lauren was the Development Associate at 18th Street Arts Center, a nonprofit artist residency program based in Santa Monica. Prior to 18th Street Arts Center, Lauren worked for a number of diverse nonprofit organizations including; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Orange County Community Foundation, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, and the Long Beach Arts Council. In 2017, Lauren was selected by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and the Empowerment Congress as one of the ‘Top 40 under 40’ for civic engagement in Los Angeles County. She is actively involved in her community and was recently elected to the Education & Social Services Committee, Mid-City West Neighborhood Council. She is also an active member of Emerging Arts Leaders Los Angeles’ Advisory Board and a founding member of the Foster Nation Young Leaders Collective which focuses on supporting transition age foster youth in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in History/French from Tulane University and an MA in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University where she was the recipient of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Fellowship in Arts Management.
Director of Programming, Outfest
As the Director of Programming at Outfest, Lucy oversees the curation of three of the country's most prominent LGBTQ film festivals, Outfest Los Angeles, Outfest Fusion and NewFest, and also helms various year-round educational programs dedicated to increasing the visibility of the queer community within the entertainment industry. Lucy's extensive industry background includes having produced two dozen theatrical feature films, predominately for Lionsgate and Warner Bros. She is a two-time Film Independent fellow and a member of BAFTA and the Producers Guild of America. She can regularly be found moderating discussions about queer cinema and speaking at panels and events for various media outlets, institutions, and universities. Lucy’s most recent feature film Jack Of The Red Hearts won the Grand Jury Prize at Geena Davis’ inaugural Bentonville Film Festival and was released in theaters nationwide in 2016.
Luis G. Garcia
Artist / Educator, Artist / LAUSD
Luis-Genaro Garcia is an artist and social justice art educator focused on improving the social conditions of students, and their communities through the arts. Luis is a 12-year educator that draws from students own history and knowledge to develop lessons related to students own communities.
Director of Education, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Mark Slavkin is Director of Education for The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. The Wallis is dedicated to engaging arts learners of all ages, from K-12 school partnerships to courses for young artists, to a range of activities to engage adults as audience members and as art-makers. He is widely recognized as a national leader in the field of arts education. Mark chairs the Board of Directors for the California Alliance for Arts Education, the statewide policy, and advocacy organization. He served from 1989-1997 as an elected member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, including two years as President.
Manager, The Music Center
Monk Turner currently manages one of The Music Center’s longest-running education programs: The Music Center on Tour. He is responsible for providing high-quality assemblies from a roster of world-class performing artists to schools throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Prior to joining The Music Center, Turner was with the Harmony Project, a non-profit organization, which provides music lessons to youth who otherwise would not be able to afford them. In his role there, he was both a music teacher and program administrator who oversaw programs throughout Los Angeles. He also spent time managing mentoring programs for at-risk youth at Youth Mentoring Connection as well as teaching music and conducting youth ensembles at A Place Called Home in South LA. An artist himself, Turner has recorded more than 20 concept albums that push the boundaries of digital distribution and copyright law by making his music available online for free download via Creative Commons licenses. Turner received his Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Business from The University of Texas at Austin.
Nancy Hytone Leb
Principal, Hytone Arts Management
Nancy discovered the field of Arts Administration in 1998 and gleefully left the ad agency world behind. She started Hytone Arts Management in 2004 and now works with a diverse array of arts organizations throughout California and the U.S. In addition to providing marketing, development and management guidance to arts organizations, Nancy creates and presents marketing and fundraising workshops for both artists and arts organizations on behalf of the National Arts Marketing Project, LA County Arts Commission and is currently a Visiting Instructor at UCLA in the Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance. Nancy served as editor/content developer for the all-new 2nd edition of CCI’s ground-breaking publication, Business of Art: An Artist’s Guide to Profitable Self-Employment which was published in January 2012. She authored the book’s marketing chapters in both the original edition (published in 2008) and the new version. In 2009, Nancy was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Pasadena Arts Council (now Fulcrum Arts) and was named President in 2016. She started her non-profit career as a consultant for the San Francisco Business Volunteers for the Art program. From 1998 - 2004, Nancy was the Director of Marketing and Development for Playhouse West in Walnut Creek, CA. Previously, Nancy held senior account management positions at three of California’s largest advertising agencies working on national brands such as Toyota, Saturn, Honda, and California Pizza Kitchen. Nancy received a graduate certificate in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University and her B.A. from Iowa State University.
Partner, Walch Consulting, LLC
Nancy provides coaching, strategy and program development to a wide range of clients, including global foundations and corporate giving programs of Fortune 500 companies, domestic grantmaking foundations, leading arts and cultural organizations, nonprofit service providers as well as individual artists and entrepreneurs. Nancy has a strong commitment to the healthy growth and development of the arts and creative sectors. A former gallery director and curator for the City of Los Angeles, she has a long history of working with artists as well as the leaders of arts and cultural institutions. Nancy enjoys the challenge and creativity involved in responding to the rich diversity of her clients' needs, including refocusing mission, strategies and programs, coaching individual leaders with the responsibility of taking their organizations to the next level, as well as teaching in programs that help artists and arts leaders become more effective in their work.
Executive Director, Viver Brasil Dance Company
Natalie Marrero is the Executive Director of Viver Brasil Dance Company.
Passionate about placemaking for communities through art practices, Marrero has dedicated her career to preserving culture. She received her B.A. in Dance and Urban Studies from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. Inspired by the impact of arts in the social sector, she worked as a Senior Peer Educator with the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. During this time she earned an M.S. in Urban Policy and Management from Milano, The New School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and an M.A. in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University. Natalie has worked at the NYC Mayor's Office of Special Projects and Community Events, The Future Project, Children Aids Society of New York, California Institute of the Arts, and consulted with organizations throughout LA County. Marrero has received several awards notable among them the Certificate of Recognition and Certificate of Appreciation from the City of New York, David S. Woods Humanitarian Award and the Friedman Award in 2015 & 2016. Marrero serves as the Board Chair of MICHIYAYA Dance and is on the Free Verse Board of Get Lit."
Pauline Kanako Kamiyama
Deputy Director of Civic Art, Los Angeles County Arts Commission-Civic Art Program
Pauline is Deputy Director of Civic Art for the LA County Arts Commission and responsible for planning, developing and implementing what is becoming one of the largest public art programs in the country. She has over 16 years of experience in the arts and culture sector and is strong advocate for community engagement with innovative problem solving and collaborative strategies. She is committed to training the next generation of leaders.
Renae Williams Niles
Chief Operating Officer, USC Kaufman School of Dance
Renae Williams Niles is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at USC in Los Angeles. For over 11 years she worked for The Music Center eventually becoming Vice President of Programming, where she curated the presentation of over 50 internationally-acclaimed ballet and contemporary companies and oversaw family programming and DIY/participatory art making. She also created the acclaimed programs Moves After Dark and BalletNOW. Before joining The Music Center she served as the Director of Grant Programs for the L.A. County Arts Commission, Marketing/Special Projects Manager for Grand Performances, and Apprentice Dancer and Company Manager with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Dance/USA and was President of the Western Arts Alliance (WAA). Renae is currently on the national board for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and serves on the advisory boards of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, BODYTRAFFIC and New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. She recently co-created and is co-teaching the Performing Arts Management and Presenting course for Claremont Graduate University. She is the recipient of the 2017 Service to WAA and the field Award.
Consultant, Sandy Seufert Consulting
Sandy hails from Los Angeles and has over 17 years of experience in strategic planning, teaching artist training, curriculum development, program management, and professional development for both classroom teachers and teaching artists. She currently works as a District Coach with the Arts Ed Collective at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she helps school districts create strategic plans for the arts. She has also done extensive work in arts integration with a particular focus on Common Core Standards in Math and English Language Arts as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. Sandy has worked for a wide variety of arts education organizations including the Arts + STEM Collaborative, Turnaround Arts: California, The Armory Center for the Arts, The Music Center Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles Opera, Dramatic Results, the Da Camera Society and more. In addition, Sandy has served the field of arts education by serving on the several advisory councils and boards supporting the field of teaching artistry. Just prior to her work in arts administration, she worked as a teaching artist in a middle school with young cellists and violinists. In addition, she worked in special education with Los Angeles Unified School District for over ten years. Sandy also currently doubles as a professional cellist, specializing in classical and jazz, and as a fiddler playing Scandinavian folk music for local dances and festivals.
Executive Director, Invertigo Dance Theatre
Tara Aesquivel is an advocate for the arts and education. She studied music at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, arts management at Carnegie Mellon University, at cultural economics at the University of Bologna. Tara’s professional experience includes strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, and community engagement for LA Opera, A Noise Within, and The Lukens Company, and she is thrilled to be Invertigo Dance Theatre’s first Executive Director. Tara has served on Advisory Boards for Inner-City Arts, Emerging Arts Leaders/LA, and the Tafter Journal, and can often be found outdoors gardening, camping, and running.
Toni Guglielmo, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Getty Leadership Institute
Toni Guglielmo is an art historian and educator with a passion for making museums accessible to wide audiences and fostering leadership, innovation, and diversity in the museum field. Her career bridges positions in both academia and museums, and reflects her interests in combining history, theory, and practice. Her work includes the management and administration of start-up museum projects; exhibition, curriculum, and program development; and leading online learning initiatives. Toni is currently Associate Director of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, where she has been since 2013. She oversees the development of executive education programs for museum leaders from around the globe. In 2011-12, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, she ran an award-winning distance learning program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Earlier in her career, she led the Museum of Creativity project as Assistant Director and was an Associate with the Getty Education Institute for the Arts. Dr. Guglielmo has taught diverse audiences in online, museum, and college classrooms and currently teaches at Claremont Graduate University and Southern New Hampshire University. Studying art history, she holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is Associate Editor for Curator: The Museum Journal, and serves on the Museum Committee at the College Art Association.