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Arts Leadership

Arts Leadership Symposium

Arts Leadership for a New Era

April 24-26, 2014


Leaders who both understand what’s happening and are committed to finding creative, original ways of working are necessary if the arts are to thrive in this continuously changing environment. ARTL – the Arts Leadership program at USC – acknowledges the changing environment and is committed to the role of art, artists and the artistic process in defining and reshaping this world. In keeping with the underlying philosophy of ARTL, the theme of this conference is “Arts Leadership for a New Era.” With this edition, we hear from artists and arts workers about how they are creating organizations, programs, ensembles and lifestyles in response to the changes facing the arts world.

The participant/speakers are drawn from working professionals in the international, national and local Los Angeles arts communities as well as current graduate students in the ARTL program. We believe this coming together of veterans, professionals and emerging artists produces a dynamic mix of ideas and practices that will make this an unprecedented learning opportunity for all participants.



Opening Performance featuring Kronos Quartet
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium

The renowned Kronos Quartet presents a performance and discussion with ARTL Director Ken Foster celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of the world’s most innovative performance ensembles.

Admission is free. RSVP required.
USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
General Public: To RSVP, click here.

The Symposium
Friday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rosen Family Screening Theater (Room 227)
Tutor Campus Center

ARTL Director Ken Foster hosts a daylong symposium on the challenges facing arts in the 21st century. A list of speakers and a full schedule for the day’s events can be found on our website.

Admission is free.  Please RSVP by emailing:

ARTL_graphic01ARTL Live!
Saturday April 26, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Music Complex (TMC), Room G156

Engage with future arts leaders when graduate students currently enrolled in the ARTL program host a mashup of talks and conversations, sharing their  observations, innovations and ideas about the current state of the arts.

Session starts at 10:30 sharp and goes until 3:30. Come when you can and stay for as long as the conversation remains interesting.

During the lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30, bring a brown bag and talk with ARTL program director Kenneth Foster about the ARTL program and why you should join this exciting group of present and future arts leaders.

Admission is free.  Please RSVP by emailing: