Programming Co-Chair

Ray Smith thinks LA is the most exciting arts city in America. She has experience in the arts and nonprofits, in cities large and small, leading administration and creating engaging experiences for a wide variety of audiences. She has published pieces on art education with the Journal of the National Art Education Association and Zócalo Public Square. Ray holds a MA in arts policy and administration from The Ohio State University and a PhD in arts education and public administration from the University of North Texas. Currently the director of the Corita Art Center in Hollywood, Ray has been on the leadership council for EAL/LA for the last three years. Ray is on a mission to change the arts sector from the outside in, making it stronger, more sustainable and more equitable for everyone.

Favorite art experience in LA: Museum of Jurassic Technology

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    Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles fills an important need by providing networking and professional development opportunities for young and early career arts professionals. We rely on philanthropy to ensure our goal of sustainable innovation in arts leadership. Your contribution to Community Partners for EAL/LA will help strengthen and advance the next generation of arts leaders in greater Los Angeles.

    Your gift helps to support EAL/LA’s programs, including:

    • Creative Conversations
      An annual series focused on career advancement, skill development, and leadership strategies

    • Protégé (formerly Arts Professionals Advisor Link)
      A nationally recognized model of building mentor relationships between emerging and established arts professionals

    • Gatherings and Workshops
      Monthly forums that promote networking and continued learning

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