Recognizing that collaboration is key to the economic recovery and success of our sector, Huntington Arts Council and Long Island Arts Alliance have joined forces to reimagine their existing Arts Administrator Forums to keep the Island’s arts ecosystem strong and engaged.

The combined Arts Leadership Forums are an ongoing professional development series aimed at addressing issues, building community and sharing best practices in the creative sector. Participants will hear from panelists of established and emerging leaders in arts administrator fields discussing a range of topics pertaining to the arts.

To ensure accessibility for organizations of various size and location, Arts Leadership Forums will be held in diverse and distinct regions of the island, and are open to individuals at all levels and experiences within the creative sector looking to produce meaningful change at their organizations.

These forums are designed to strengthen and grow the skills and capacity of the arts organizations in our communities, as well as offer a safe and encouraging space to discuss challenges facing our community and to establish cross-generational dialog between organizations of various size, discipline, and mission.



Tuesday, February 8, 2022- 830am-4

Equity in Arts Management
Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
8:30am Networking/Refreshments, followed by the forum at 9:00am
The Jazz Loft- 275 Christian Ave, Stony Brook

Committing to diversity and equity in arts organizations is not about checking off a box, filling up a diversity quota, or reaching out to the few people of color that you know. It is about establishing an organizational commitment to diversity advancement.

Our panelists will discuss areas of concern directly affecting the lack of diversity in arts leadership, and how, through their own work, they strive to change the language from reaching out to welcoming in. We will delve deeper into an understanding of why people of color are not more visible in higher-level management positions in arts organizations and what actions can be done to challenge this complex, systemic issue.

Jeremy Dennis
President - Ma's House & BIPOC Art Studio

Jess Frost
Executive Director - The Arts Center at Duck Creek

Minerva Perez
Executive Director, OLA of Eastern Long Island

Dr. Darrell Smith
Drummer, Performer & Educator

Moderated By:
Marc Courtade
Executive Director, Huntington Arts Council


  • $10.00  -  LIAA Member
  • $10.00  -  HAC Member
  • $10.00  -  NYSCA DEC/SCR Grantee
  • $20.00  -  Attendee- Non Member
  • $5.00  -  Additional Attendee

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Special thank you to The Jazz Loft for hosting our Arts Leadership Forum. The Jazz Loft is a museum that features rotating exhibits, educational programs, as well as a full performance calendar of local, national and international artists in their period 1940s second floor performance space.


Strategic Issues in the management of Arts and Culture Institutions.

Presented by Long Island Arts Alliance and Huntington Arts Council in Partnership with Hofstra University

A Conversation with Susan Poser, President, Hofstra University and Lesley Rosenthal, COO, The Juilliard School

Moderated by Jeffrey Haydon, President of Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Ravinia Festival

Host: Lauren Wagner, Executive Director, Long Island Arts Alliance

Welcome: Dale Lewis, Founder, Arts Reach Fund at Long Island Community Foundation

Governance, Policy, Planning and Advancement Issues for Long Island Arts and Culture Organizations

Panel discussion moderated by Kieran Johnson, Executive Director, Huntington Arts Council and Lauren Wagner, Executive Director, Long Island Arts Alliance

April 2023 at Hofstra University, Date TBD


The Art of Intersection: Creating positive impact through collaborations
8:30am Networking/Refreshments, followed by the forum at 9:00am
Westbury Arts - 255 Schenck Ave, Westbury


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