20UNDER40 Ambassadors represent the anthology’s most enthusiastic supporters.  These individuals have chosen to advocate for the future of the cultural sector by promoting the 20UNDER40 anthology amongst their local constituency groups.  Read below to see who these folks are and what are their plans for promoting the 20UNDER40 dialogue.  Want to likewise enjoy the perks of being an insider? Check out the 20UNDER40 Ambassador Program for details.

Ambassador: Eric Booth

Who Am I?:

I am a freelance arts learning consultant who works with organizations, cities, states and countries on the ways they can innovate, tap the power of the arts more effectively, and change the status quo. Clients include six of the ten largest orchestras, five national service organizations, and currently fifteen arts organizations.

Why I Think 20UNDER40 is Important:

For all the creativity and brilliance within art works, the fields of the arts and arts education are slow to change and respond to the demands of new times. We are especially weak at encouraging and nurturing the young talent that will create a better future. 20UNDER40 is a major contribution to surfacing the voices and fresh ideas of young leaders that are squelched by our organizational habits. The response to the project since its inception has announced the timeliness, importance, and hunger for this book. It isn’t a book, it’s the catalyst for a movement.

What I’ll Do to Promote the Anthology:

As an official old fart of the field, I have connections to many listserves, and I will continue to post  everything to every list I have. I will twist the arms of those who owe me favors; I will guilt-trip other old farts like me; I will notify arts service organizations that it is ready to be pounced upon. I will stock up for Christmas presents.

Ambassador: Dale Davis

Who Am I?

I am one of the Founders and Executive Director of the Association of Teaching Artists and the Founder and Executive Director of the New York State Literary Center.

Why I Think 20UNDER40 is Important:

20UNDER40 is a great mix of theory, practical models, and challenging questions that we as artists and arts administrators face today. The anthology is essential reading for teaching artists and arts organizations as we work to continually define ourselves in the digital, fast-paced world and strategize towards moving our professional careers, organizations, and the arts education and arts in education fields forward.

What I’ll Do to Promote the Anthology:

I will place an announcement on the Association of Teaching Artists’ listserv and Facebook page, as well as placing information and a link on www.teachingartists.com. On other levels, I will mention the publication when ATA presents at statewide and national conferences. Those in the field are always looking for resources! ATA is planning a Teaching Artists’ congress in the spring of 2011, and 20UNDER40 is right there with so many issues we will be looking at! It is a great jumping off point.

Ambassador: Jody Abssy

Who Am I?

I represent the San Diego Watercolor Society founded in 1965 to promote, display, and teach watercolor media.  It has 700 plus members and is a classic “old growth forest” looking for ways to let the light in.  I also represent the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild that has a venerable tradition.  We founded the museum and continue to support its place in our culture.  I am also a docent trainee at the Mingei International Museum. I am part of a group of feisty and well-connected women who serve as board members and trustees at art institutions in San Diego and in Los Angeles.  I have unofficial but very close personal ties with the Inner-City Arts program in LA.

Why I Think 20UNDER40 is Important:

Everyone I spoke with at the August 16th 20UNDER40 presentation in San Diego could picture their institution as a silo… storing and preserving something precious needed by the community and fearful of losing itself if it poured its contents out without careful thought… not knowing how to move ahead.  The ideas of an “open field” image and the concept of “multi-layered mentoring” discussed in the anthology resonated and left people wanting to hear more.  It gave them the ability to visualize their own situation… a tremendous gift.

What I’ll Do to Promote the Anthology:

I have access to those who affect change in SDWS, SDMAAG, MIM and the Inner-City Arts. I will promote 20UNDER40 by continuing personal and public discussions of the ideas therein at board meetings and in committee work.  I will get on the agenda regularly as someone looking into the future and ready to share my source with them. I will encourage them to be part of the 20UNDER40 universe by buying and reading the newest thinking relative to their needs.

Ambassador: Aliza Greenberg

Who Am I?

I am the Education Program Associate at Roundabout Theatre Company, a member of the theater company The Artful Conspirators, and an NYC Regional Coordinator for Harvard’s Arts in Education program’s alumni activities. I’m also a co-founded YEA: Young Educators in the Arts, a NYC based network for young professionals in the field of arts education.

Why I Think 20UNDER40 is Important:

I believe in the 20UNDER40 project because it provides a voice for younger people in the arts. It allows them to be leaders in the field and their ideas to be respected without the stigma of age or the politics of title and position. 20UNDER40 is a validation for the voice of a generation in the arts and also the beginning of important conversations about the arts. It’s a start.

What I’ll Do to Promote the Anthology:

As an Ambassador I plan to use the various arts networks to which I belong to continue the conversations started in and through 20UNDER40. Through YEA: Young Educators in the Arts and the Harvard Graduate School of Education NYC Arts in Education regional network, I plan to organize discussions of the book allowing readers a place to respond to the anthology. I hope that these conversations will address what steps we might take to further develop the voice of my generation in this field.

Ambassador: Lindsey Hardegree

Who Am I?

I am the Events Coordinator and Board Administrator at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.  I own Tizzy Consulting, an online consulting firm for creative companies, particularly non-profit arts organizations and for-profit artistic ventures.  I completed my MFA in Performing Arts Management at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Why I Think 20UNDER40 is Important:

The 20UNDER40 project tackles a subject that many are afraid to approach right now. There is great fear from current arts leaders that they will be replaced by young upstart know-it-all Gen Yers, and as a result the proper mentorship for the next generation of arts leaders has been quietly left out of the equation. The 20UNDER40 project is starting the conversation about what the arts will look like—and who will be leading us.

What I’ll Do to Promote the Anthology:

  • Share links to the publication via my social media networks where I connect with many arts-minded people.
  • Send an email to my colleagues in the arts industry promoting the publication.
  • Blog about the publication on my consulting firm’s website.
  • Discuss the content of the publication with my boss and co-workers, including bringing my copy of the publication to work.
  • Sent out an eblast on my alumni listserv for fellow Wake Forest University theatre alumni.
    Ambassador: Maria Nicole Smith

    Who Am I?

    I am a fundraiser, cultural advocate, arts enthusiast, and avid researcher on cultural policy and planning.  Currently, I am the Development Specialist at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Southeast Washington, D. C.

    Why I Think 20UNDER40 is Important:

    The future of the arts politically, economically, and creatively will be in the hands of a generation of artists and arts professionals who are boldly willing to consider what the arts could be.   The 20UNDER40 project is important because it adds the voice of those who will move the conversation forward to the recorded discourse about the future of the arts.

    What I’ll Do to Promote the Anthology:

    As secretary of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network National Board of Directors, I will suggest a promotional partnership between 20UNDER40 and YNPN so that this project can be introduced to our more than 30 chapters and 20,000 members across the country.  I am sure that the essays’ themes will resonate with young nonprofit professionals in various industries.  I will also spread the word through my personal contacts of colleagues, collaborators and friends, including those working with National Arts Strategies, Emerging Leaders in New York Arts and those who have access to venues for 20UNDER40-related events across the country.

    Ambassador: Katherine Yang

    Who Am I?

    With a background and formal education in music performance and arts administration, I’ve worked professionally in the music field for seven years both for New York and Southern California performing arts institutions.

    I currently serve as the Director of Education and Community Programs at Pacific Chorale in Orange County, CA.

    Why I Think 20UNDER40 is Important:

    The 20UNDER40 project will give voice to the generation of arts leaders that haven’t yet been given chance to lead. It is an important wake up call that carries the message that it is up to us to lead a change that we want to see.

    20UNDER40′s perspectives will strengthen our work and create a movement of new conversations, networks, and relevance for the field of arts and arts education in these changing times.

    What I’ll Do to Promote the Anthology:

    Beginning to make some noise already, but here is the plan: The OC currently does not have an Emerging Arts Leaders (EAL) network, lets see if we can start one inspired by the project:

    • Talk up 20under40 and local EAL network to our local arts alliance ArtsOC. Done!
    • Plan a happy hour mixer to gather EALs from the County.
    • Establish social media networks to connect EALs to links and must-reads!
    • Continue EAL meet/greets regarding project topics to spark interest and purchase.
    • Invite/bring Edward Clapp to sunny SoCAL to speak about the project to OC EALs.
    Ambassador: Wendi Kavanaugh

    Who Am I?

    I have two roles in the arts. I’m the Member Outreach Manager at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). I’m also working on both my MFA and PhD with a focus on educational gaming. I’m currently creating games with the intention to promote the DMA and the Dallas Arts District.

    Why I Think 20UNDER40 is Important:

    Having recently discovered 20UNDER40, my first thought was how can I get involved and share this with my friends! I feel that 20UNDER40 is about helping my generation succeed in the arts. The book and website are tools designed for our collaboration. It’s a home that we can use to learn from one another and to share. Personally, 20UNDER40 gives me a voice in the community that I live and work in.

    What I’ll Do to Promote the Anthology:

    • Promote the anthology to my friends and peers on my blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.
    • Organize a happy hour or brown bag lunch for the employees in the Dallas Arts District.
    • Use my friends and contacts to engage students at local universities, including North Texas University, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Dallas, and Texas Christian University. All of which offer art, art history, and/or humanities studies programs.