Upcoming Events

    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • The Shakespeare Theatre Company Studios, 516 8th St. SE, DC

    Join us for a Creative Conversation centered around intersections between Arts & Social Justice in the current political climate. Do we have an obligation to react and engage? How can artists and arts organizations participate in the dialogue? We'll be joined by expert panelists who will help focus the conversation, and a round circle format will invite all attendees to add their voice!


    Joshua Carroll is an organizer, a student of the human experience, a technologist, and an artist. He believes the crises we face today are symptoms of deeper wounds and disconnection. We can move through these crises intact only by healing these wounds – systemic racism, colonialism, extractive economics; and restoring our connection to land, community and ourselves. As Director of Art and Curation, Joshua has helped Catharsis on the Mall (catharsisonthemall.com) grow from a small community vigil to an inclusive space for artists, organizers, teachers, musicians, performers, activists and communities from across D.C., the region and the country to come together to heal, connect, learn, and catalyze the cultural and social transformations we so desperately need. He also helped found the D.C. ReInvest coalition (dcreinvest.org), organizes with Showing Up for Racial Justice DC, and helped instigate this year’s roving queer social justice dance parties with WERK for Peace.

    JR Russ is a Washington native. He received his B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park, and went on to American University, for his M.A. in Arts Management. He has worked on and off stage with local dance and theatre companies. JR is the Director of Community Engagement at the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates by day, and engages in artsy shenanigans by night and on the weekends. The latter includes serving on the board of Dance Place. He is also active in the local Burning Man community, where he is known as Nexus. And his latest adventure is living in a group house he helped start, The 717 House, geared towards being place for community, collaboration, and creativity. His next adventure may be running for his Advisory Neighborhood Commission in 2018.

    Farah Lawal Harris is an actress, playwright, teaching artist, and the Artistic Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT). She is a two-time recipient of the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program individual artist grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Maryland-College Park in Theatre Performance, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and African American Studies and was a Founding Member of the Washington, DC-based theatre companies The Saartjie Project and Wild Women Theatre. Farah has performed throughout DC and presented her one-woman show, So Do You Love Me Yet? in the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival. Farah’s plays focus on highlighting black women's experiences and have been produced in the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival (FRESHH Inc.), Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New Play Development Series, Convergence Theatre, the Capital Fringe Festival, the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference and the DC Black Theatre Festival. For more information, please visit www.farahlawal.com.

    • Friday, November 03, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Palette 22 - 4053 Campbell Ave., Arlington
    • 11

    Join us for our November #FFL (First Friday Lunch) in Shirlington.

    Our monthly networking lunches are a great place to meet D.C. arts professionals, discuss current issues facing our industry, and learn more about EALDC programming.

    The November First Friday Lunch will be held on Friday November 3 at 12 p.m. at Palette 22 in Shirlington and will be hosted by Eric Colton of Signature Theatre and John Anderson of The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Join us for a venue tour of the Historic Sixth & I synagogue!

    Timely and provocative events with authors, musicians, politicians, comedians, filmmakers, journalists, actors, chefs, and other visionaries allow the community to plug in to what’s happening at the forefront of arts and culture.

    Drinks and networking to follow at Bar Deco.

    • Friday, December 01, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • The Wharf - TBD

    Join us for our December #FFL (First Friday Lunch) at The Wharf.

    Our monthly networking lunches are a great place to meet D.C. arts professionals, discuss current issues facing our industry, and learn more about EALDC programming.

    The November First Friday Lunch will be held on Friday December 1 at 12 p.m. at the all new Wharf in SW D.C. - the exact restaurant is TBD pending The Wharf's official opening. This lunch will be hosted by Steering Committee Co-Chair Char Manlove-Laws of Arena Stage and Committee Member Alysa Turner of UrbanArias and Glen Echo Photoworks.

Past Events

Friday, October 06, 2017 October First Friday Lunch
Thursday, September 21, 2017 Special Member Offer: $30, $50, or $75 orchestra seats for Aida
Friday, September 08, 2017 September Friday Networking Lunch
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 EALDC Summer Social
Friday, July 07, 2017 July First Friday Lunch - Palette 22
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Member Event: XYZT Tour at ARTECHOUSE
Friday, June 09, 2017 June First Friday Lunch - Elephant & Castle
Friday, May 05, 2017 May First Friday Lunch - District Commons
Thursday, April 13, 2017 EALDC 3rd Annual pARTy
Friday, April 07, 2017 April First Friday Lunch - Vapiano
Friday, March 10, 2017 March First Friday Lunch - Gordon Biersch
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 EALDC Venue Tour at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Friday, February 03, 2017 February First Friday Lunch - Duke's Grocery
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 Creative Conversation
Friday, December 09, 2016 December 2016 First Friday Lunch - 123 Restaurant
Emerging Arts Leaders DC (EALDC) is a part of the national Emerging Leaders Network, developed by Americans for the Arts, and is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.
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