If you didn’t know ELNYA is a New York City-based networking and professional development group that explores new ideas, best practices and challenges in the field of arts management. The new fellows start October 15th.

Another 2013-14 Fellows interview below:

Alicia Jean-Noel creates innovative ways to connect people to arts and culture. Currently, she is the coordinator of the adult programs department at the Brooklyn Museum. Thanks Alicia for making time for ELNYA!!

Alicia Boone-What is one ELNYA event you have helped plan and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?

I helped to plan two programs within the Creative Conversations committee. The first program I worked on was “2014 New Year Guide & Goal Setting Seminar”, a beginning of the year goal-setting session with my dear friend and colleague, Jullien Gordon. In this seminar, participants were lead through a unique process of getting clear about what happened the year prior in order to set out and create goals for the future (or current year).

I also worked on “Art in Alternative Spaces” with my colleagues Jessica Lantos and Hannah Frechette. This was the first conversation centered on our year long theme of SPACE. The conversation took a look at the major players and reviewed their strategies for success for sustainable art making in the city.

Lastly, I played a valuable role in the “Your Resume Sucks” series that my colleague Matthew Branch curated, by helping to secure a space at WIX Lounge for part two of the series, as well as one, of the panelists, my mentor and career counselor from graduate school, Brynna Tucker. I really enjoyed working with my colleagues to co-create, knowing when to step-up and step back, following through with the brainstorming process, and completing the event! Each part of the planning process was rewarding and helped me to develop relationships across the city. Now it is up to me to maintain them and follow-up! Overall, it was awesome learning about different people from the arts world in New York City that I did not know about!

-What is one memorable ELNYA event you have attended?

How to Run a Successful Kickstarter Campaign”, curated by my colleague Alexis Ortiz, was very memorable because I got to learn about lots of new organizations, see the new Kickstarter offices in Greenpoint, and network with a variety of new colleagues. 

-What happens at an ELNYA meeting?

At an ELNYA meeting there is a lot of brainstorming, catching up, laughing, and creating for future programs. At the joint board/fellows meetings we usually have some sort of snack and wine and we do an overall catch-up. At our committee meetings we usually go deeper in creating around a certain theme and help each other achieve programmatic goals.

-What made you apply to be an ELNYA fellow?

I was at a point in my career in Brooklyn that made me want to expand my territory in terms of meeting and connecting with my peers in New York City and as a whole, as well as, practice my skills working with different teams to develop programs, providing leadership and support, and working with a variety personalities. 

-How did you get involved with the arts?

I started as soon as I moved to NYC and identified that the artist community is one that I wanted to serve.  I immersed myself in the indie arts community in Brooklyn, went back to school for my graduate degree in Arts and Cultural Management, and then started working in the Education Division at the Brooklyn Museum.

-What advice do you have for a future emerging leader of the arts?

Find your community, build, and grow (it and you). Never stop learning and meeting new people. Trust your process and have faith that things are working for your greater good as long as you try. Speak up! Be brave and always ask questions!

-What/Who/Where are two connections you have made since working as an ELNYA fellow?

All of the fellows, program participants, and organizations that I have worked with as a part of programming have had an impact on me. Reflecting over all the programs and people, I was really happy to connect with Kerry Huang, Associate Director for Operations at BRIC and Anita Durst founder of the non-profit organization chashama.

To see the current list of 2013-14 fellows click here.

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The ELNYA Fellowship is a prime opportunity to get your feet wet in the NYC Arts scene, make friends, contacts, learn from other rising stars like yourself. Below is another interview from the 2013-14 group:

Gail Goldspiel earned her Masters in Museum and Childhood Education from the Bank Street College of Education in May 2012.  She currently works at the Rubin Museum of Art as the Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs. Prior to this she worked as the Teen Programs Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art and also led inquiry-based tours as an educator for the New York Public Library. Thanks Gail for making time for ELNYA!

What is one ELNYA event you have helped plan and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?

Gail Goldspiel photo 2014_150x200I helped plan the summer rooftop hour at Metro Hotel on 34th Street on June 25th. It was my first event that I was responsible for, and it was really exciting and rewarding reaching out to so many people at once, coordinating with the venue, firming down raffle tickets, food, and other logistics, and I would be a part of again in a second! Even with the rainy weather forecast, we had over 50 people that night, and meeting and greeting them all and seeing everything come together was so exciting!

-What is one memorable ELNYA event you have attended?

I really enjoyed the musical and theatrical performance at Symphony Space on March 30th. It featured an interesting and unique medley between PUBLIQuartet and the Mighty Third Rail. It was wonderful to finally see the lovely interior of Symphony Space and even dine and wine in the cafe beforehand with some friends. The networking time after the performance was also very worthwhile and it was great to see the bar really fill up for mingling and meeting the performers!

-What happens at an ELNYA meeting?

An ELNYA meeting is a meeting I look forward to each month, it’s a great way to end a busy work day, we snack, laugh, catch-up, and feel very productive by the time we leave. Each meeting lasts about an hour and a half, and during that time we review and discuss all of the items from the different committees that we’ve outlined on the agenda. This means the creative conversation committee, the culture club, the digital media group to name a few, all take turns reviewing recent events that happened and then state the plans for upcoming ones. It’s a great time for all the groups to come together and hear how everything is going and offer suggestions and advice at the same time.

-What made you apply to be an ELNYA fellow?

I decided to apply to be a fellow after having been on the list-serve and seen and heard about the great events and programs the organization often created. I was at the same time becoming more active as an emerging arts professional in the museum education field and saw ELNYA as a great way to complement and enhance my arts education extracurricular activities. I thought it would be a great way to network, build new skills, learn more about the arts field, give back to it at the same time and it has been all of this and more. I encourage all who are interested to apply, and if you are not sure if you should apply, apply anyway and see what happens!

-How did you get involved with the arts?

I got involved with the arts way back in middle school when I took sketching and painting for three years in a row. In high school, I was passionate about writing and drawing and then as an undergrad, I was involved with the office of the arts, the creative writing department, the on-campus art museum, and volunteered as an illustrator for the school newspaper. I graduated and interned with Young Audiences New York, a national non-profit visual and performing arts education organization. This all led me to study museum education at the Bank Street College of Education which led me to meet and network with many others in the field as well as come to know of the many arts organizations such as ELNYA!

-What advice do you have for a future emerging leader of the arts?

My advice would be to:
1. NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK (and always carry some kind of business card, even if you made it yourself)
2. Apply to as many jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities as you can (There are never too many)
3. Honor and explore every artistic hobby, passion and interest that you have (Make time to write if you like writing, sketch if you like sketching, and then find meet-up groups and meet others who like doing the same thing!)
4. Create an online presence and name for yourself (Make a linkedIn profile, create your own website, and update your resume both online and in hard-copy)
5. Find and attend as many arts events in the city that you are able to! (Go to as many arts festivals, street fairs, museum exhibits, gallery openings, arts lectures that you can; it’s amazing who you will meet, who you will have already met, and what you will learn!)

To see the current list of 2013-14 fellows click here.

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