Plotting the arc of the 20UNDER40 project

Since our initial call for chapter proposals on June 15, 2009 20UNDER40 has been the catalyst for a new conversation about the future the arts. Please read below to check out some of the landmark events we’ve encountered along the path of our short history—and stay tuned for more news about the anthology and surrounding dialogue.

Where We Are Going

December 2010
  • The deadline to join the 20UNDER40 Editor’s Circle by contributing to the anthology’s IndieGoGo campaign closes December 1, 2010.
  • The anticipated publication date for 20UNDER40 is December 1, 2010—and so far the book is on schedule!
  • On December 10, 2010 20UNDER40 authors and supporters will descend on the Boston area in droves for a Kick-Off Colloquium Series, Launch Party/Performance, and VIP Author’s Dinner. Details to be announced soon!

Where We Have Been

January 2009
  • On a snowy afternoon in a parking lot in Sunapee, NH, Edward Clapp connects with Eric Booth for the first time to discuss an idea for an anthology about the future of arts leadership.
February-May 2009
  • Under the guidance of Steve Seidel at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Edward begins engaging in research that will serve as the theoretical underpinning for what will later become the 20UNDER40 project.
  • Edward Clapp and webdesigner Margaret McKenna purchase the domain name www.20UNDER40.org and begin building the 20UNDER40 website.
June 2009
  • On June 15, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST the 20UNDER40 website and call for submissions was launched by Edward and web designer Margaret McKenna in the front room of Edward’s apartment in Somerville, MA. The original website included a context-setting article entitled Why Talk About Leadership Now? You may access this article by clicking here. pdf icon
  • Less than 24 hours after its initial call for chapter proposals was released, 20UNDER40 received its first submission.
  • During late June, the 20UNDER40 Facebook Group Page was established. Please join us!
July 2009
  • On July 3, 2009, the 20UNDER40 call for chapter proposals was posted on the New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals (NECAP) listserve. The following day, a dismayed veteran artist/arts educator referred to the 20UNDER40 project as “heinous” and “repugnant.” A lively discussion ensued, centering on the concepts of ageism, exclusion, and bias. Over the following week this small listserve of less than 150 people experienced an unprecedented spike in its participation and attracted national attention. To view a transcript of the NECAP dialogue, click here. pdf icon
  • During the following week, 20UNDER40 transferred the debate from the NECAP listserve to its Facebook Group Page, where many of the original comments still exist, and new comments are welcome to join the discussion. To view this debate, click here.
August 2009
  • After receiving several disheartening emails from talented young leaders who felt as though they had ideas to contribute to the field, but did not feel as though they had the authority to speak their minds, on August 22, 2009 20UNDER40 published THIS IS OUR EMERGENCY: An Open Letter to Young Arts Leaders. A flurry of activity and a new enthusiasm for the project and its goal of raising the voices of young arts leaders ensued. To read the full text of this document, click here. pdf icon
  • At 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2009 the 20UNDER40 call for submissions came to a close. Approximately 100 chapter proposals were received in the final hour, bringing the 20UNDER40 submission total to 304 chapter proposals from 319 authors. As a result, 20UNDER40 project director Eric Booth lost a ten dollar bet to editor Edward Clapp.
October 2009
  • 20UNDER40 founder Edward Clapp teamed up with Ann Gregg (Carnegie Hall), Nancy Kleaver (DreamYard Project), and Heath Marlow (Community MusicWorks) to present a workshop entitled Re-Inventing the Arts for the 21st Century at the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Fall Forum in Cambridge, MA. The room was packed as the session served over 50 participants—more than 25% of the conference’s attendees!
  • Following the AEP conference, 20UNDER40 welcomed over 30 individuals from across the country to it’s first Happy Hour event at the Queen’s Head Pub on the campus of Harvard University.
  • During the week of October 19-23 20UNDER40 teamed up with Americans for the Arts (AftA) to launch an online Emerging Leaders Salon on ARTSblog. Within the first 24 hours of the online affair, the blog received over 2,100 hits, nearly double the previous ARTSblog record 1,100 hits in a single day. The 20UNDER40-themed blog went on to break the previous record for five consecutive days, making the 20UNDER40/AftA event the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth most popular in ARTSblog’s history. To read the bloggers’ posts and the responses they received click here.
  • After a rigorous process of blind review, during the last week of October the 20UNDER40 editorial team advanced 32 chapter proposals from 43 authors to the final round of review for the 20UNDER40 publication.
  • On Halloween 20UNDER40 founder Edward Clapp partnered with Aliza Greenberg (Roundabout Theatre) to present an interactive workshop on leadership entitled What’s Next? at the Arts in Education Continuing the Conversation conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
November 2009
  • On Friday, November 13, 2009 Americans for the Arts broadcasted the first portion of a two-part podcast interview with 20UNDER40 founder Edward Clapp. Listen to the podcast online by clicking here.
  • On Friday, November 20, 2009 Americans for the Arts broadcasted the second portion of its podcast interview with Edward. Listen to the podcast online by clicking here.
March 2010
  • On March 1, 2010, 25 five of the 32 invited chapter proposals were received as full chapters for the final round of review.
April 2010
  • On April 20, 2010, The Arts Politic published an article on bias and the 20UNDER40 project entitled “Mistaking Inclusion for Exclusion: Fighting Bias with Bias” written by editor Edward Clapp. To read the bias article click here.
  • On April 29, 2010 editor Edward Clapp represented the 20UNDER40 project as the featured speaker for an event co-hosted by the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and Young Educators in the Arts. To read more about this event, click here.
  • That same night, 20UNDER40 launched the A Word, the semiofficial blog of the 20UNDER40 project.
  • On Friday, April 30, 2010 20UNDER40 selected the twenty chapters it would include within the anthology.
May 2010
  • 20UNDER40′s editorial/revision process officially kicked in at the end of May 2010. In order to manage all of the work involved with getting each chapter ready for publication, 20UNDER40′s project advisor Eric Booth recruited ten of his colleagues to partner with 20UNDER40′s young authors throughout the revision process.
  • On May 9, 2010 editor Edward Clapp represented the 20UNDER40′s project at the Theatre Bay Area Conference in San Francisco, California. To read more about this event, click here.
  • On May 26, 2010 editor Edward Clapp represented the 20UNDER40′s project at the UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul, Korea. To read more about this event, click here.
June 2010
  • On June 4, 2010 editor Edward Clapp represented the 20UNDER40′s project at the Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference in Washington, D.C. To read more about this event, click here.
  • On June 18, 2010 editor Edward Clapp represented the 20UNDER40′s project at the Chorus America Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. To read more about this event, click here.
  • On June 26, 2010 editor Edward Clapp represented the 20UNDER40′s project at the Americans for the Arts Half Century Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. To read more about this event, click here.
July 2010
  • On July 1, 2010 editor Edward Clapp represented the 20UNDER40′s project as a guest lecturer for Barry Shauck at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. To read more about this event, click here.
August 2010
  • On August 11, 2010, only ten days behind schedule, the final draft of the complete 20UNDER40 manuscript was sent to the publisher.
  • On August 13, 2010 editor Edward Clapp represented the 20UNDER40′s project as a guest speaker at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • After presenting at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference in San Diego, California on August 14, on August 16 editor Edward Clapp represented the 20UNDER40′s project as a guest speaker at the San Diego Foundation.
  • On August 30, 2010 20UNDER40′s editor Edward Clapp and author Ian David Moss are named two of the top 25 “Most Powerful People in the Nonprofit Arts” by Barry Hessenius of the Western States Arts Federation.
September 2010
  • On September 14, 2010, 20UNDER40 received fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas.
  • Towards the end of September 20UNDER40 contracted Julia Propp to coordinate a launch party and kick-off colloquium series scheduled for December 10, 2010.
October 2010
  • On October 11, 2010, 20UNDER40 announced the launch of an Ambassador’s Program to further involve its most enthusiastic supporters, as well as an ambitious fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo to help support a publicity campaign, website redesign, and launch party events.
November 2010
  • Pre-order reservations of the 20UNDER40 anthology came to a close on November 1, 2010.
  • The first proof copy of the 20UNDER40 anthology arrived for approval on November 1, 2010.