Arts leaders in marginalized communities can become mired in subsistence from event to event instead of dreaming big. By disrupting this cycle, EALI makes a different kind of contribution to the arts: investing in the leader, rather than an organization or program. EALI provides emerging leaders room to plan, fail constructively, and pursue the full scope of their vision rather than scaling down to fit the resources available.
EALI asks emerging leaders to consider: What do YOU need to benefit your community?
Support may take the form of:
- Incubation funds
- Multi-year funding commitments
- Leadership development training
- Grant writing classes
- Business coaching
- Legal counsel
- Accounting tools and services
- “Co-signing” (backup to expand networks of trust and make risky spaces safer)
Take Part in EALI
Participation in EALI is by invitation, with two to four individuals chosen in the spring and autumn of each year. To nominate an emerging arts leader, please submit a cover letter and résumé via email.
EALI is intended to be transformational for leaders from communities marginalized due to race or other factors inclusive of, but not limited to, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.
EALI invests in success for emerging arts leaders with the help of generous supporters:
- George A. Vradenburg III
- Elevating Leadership Development (ELD) program of El Pomar Foundation
- Pikes Peak United Way LEAD
- Regina Winters & UCCS School of Public Affairs
- Ent Center for the Performing Arts
- Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
- Pikes Peak Library District
“Leadership within our creative community is vital to our survival and growth. We commit to developing and advancing diverse and emerging arts leaders.”