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Creative Conversations 2012: Meet the Panel!

Join New Jersey Emerging Arts Leaders on Thursday, October 25 for their
4th Annual Creative Conversation: Cross-Industry Collaborations.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Networking after-party to follow

George Street Playhouse
9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

FREE; Dinner will be provided
Networking after-party food and drink not included



David Keefe
Combat Paper Coordinator, The Printmaking Center of NJ

David Keefe – MFA-STUDIO ART, SGT USMC (FMR) – is the Director of Combat Paper NJ, a special program at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey that gives participating vets the opportunity to reintegrate into society by making paper from their military uniforms and communicating their stories on the paper through art. From 2001-2009, Sgt Keefe served in the United States Marine Corps, and from 2006-2007 completed a tour of combat duty in Iraq as a scout in the infantry. Mr. Keefe holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Montclair State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Delaware. In addition to directing Combat Paper NJ, he is the Interim Director of Education at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Mr. Keefe also teaches Painting and Graduate Independent Study at Montclair State University, works as a freelance curator and exhibition coordinator, and makes art in his Montclair, NJ studio.

Diana Moore
Curator, Marie L. Matthews Gallery at D&R Greenway Land Trust

Diana Moore holds an undergraduate degree in medieval art from Princeton University and a masters in contemporary art with a focus on the intersection of science and art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is the Director of Investor Relations and Business Development at Advaxis, a cancer immunotherapy company, and the curator of the art galleries at D&R Greenway Land Trust. She is the recipient of a Mercer Change Maker award for outstanding non-profit volunteer work in New Jersey, co-coordinator of volunteers at Art All Night Trenton, and the fundraising chair of the board of directors at Artworks Trenton.

Alex Hollywood
Executive Director, Middlesex Co. Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB

Bio coming soon!

Creative Conversations 2011

Tomorrow’s the big day!  New Jersey Emerging Arts Leaders (NJEAL) will host their third annual Creative Conversation on Thursday, October 20 at Arts Council of Princeton—“Upwardly Mobile: Successful Relationships with Mentors and Supervisors in the Arts.”  The event will begin at 7:00PM and include a panel discussion and networking after-party.  To learn more about Creative Conversations or the New Jersey Emerging Arts Leaders, check out ArtPride Executive Director Ann Marie Miller’s recent post on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog.  Interested in attending?  Click HERE for event information.  RSVP on Facebook or email

Meet the panelists!

Sean Baker
Manager of the Annual Fund, League of American Orchestras
Sean is a fundraiser at the League of American Orchestras, where he interfaces with orchestra enthusiasts, concertgoers, staff, and trustees to gain support for the League’s programs and services that strengthen orchestras everywhere.  Formally educated as an orchestral bassist, the study of music led Sean to festivals in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and earned him two degrees in performance from the University of Minnesota and Manhattan School of Music.  Sean’s other interests include entrepreneurship, transhumanism, enjoying the outdoors, and geeky sci-fi stuff.

Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Associate Artistic Director, Elisa Monte Dance
Tiffany Rea-Fisher received her BFA from SUNY Purchase.  After graduation she performed with Compania de Dance, Spain; The Kevin Wynn Collection, NYC; Dance Anonymous, Cyprus;, NYC and The Brett Howard Dance Company, NYC.  Ms. Rea-Fisher joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2004. She was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” person for their 2007 August issue.  Ms. Rea-Fisher began her administrative work for the company in 2007. In 2009 Tiffany was promoted to Associate Artistic Director, and has now also added the title of Director of Operations.

Kelly Ryman
Director of Marketing and Public Relations, George Street Playhouse
Kelly has worked in marketing or press relations for more than 100 regional theatre productions, nearly half of which were either world or American premieres.  At George Street Playhouse since 2000, she is particularly delighted to have been Marketing Director for the world premiere productions of nine plays by Arthur Laurents as well as The Toxic Avenger and The Spitfire Grill — both of which moved from GSP to New York City and have been performed around the world.  Off-Broadway, Kelly was a member of the marketing team for the The Toxic Avenger, which won the 2009 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Musical.  She is regional chair of Jersey Arts Marketers, a board member of New Brunswick City Market, a member of the advisory board of Arts Plan NJ and serves on the marketing committee for The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Why Don’t More Members of Gens X and Y Join Boards?

I recently received an email about a blog post titled “Why Don’t More Members of Gens X and Y Join Boards?” through the Americans for the Arts Emerging Arts Leaders Listserv (which is great, by the way. You should join.) The topic of under-35ers on nonprofit boards is one that has risen several times in my office and amongst our Emerging Arts Leaders group. Though I think a member of Generation X/Y joining a board would be beneficial to both the organization and the individual, I am intimidated by the prospect of doing so (as are many of my Generation X/Y peers) for exactly the reasons listed in this blog post:

…Some in these demographics are hesitant to pursue board opportunities for the following reasons:
• They hold the perception that board service is not accessible
• They think they’re not qualified
• They don’t know what is involved in joining a board
• They’re unaware of the impact of board service on an organization’s mission or what board service can do to help a cause.

A good friend of mine who recently graduated from college told me that she was considering becoming a board member of a nonprofit. At first, I have to admit, I was surprised! Though she is admittedly one of the smartest, most talented people I know, she has only been out of school for about half a year. I wondered what someone just entering the field would have to offer an organization. It seems that what I initially looked at as an obstacle for her to overcome is actually an asset! My friend is in tune with what people her age need from this organization and has fresh ideas on how to meet these demands—a challenge the board had been working on and they wanted a generational liaison, if you will, to help guide the process. For this reason, she was asked to apply for a spot on the board, something she would never consider within reach had it not been presented as an option. The board will now have a new perspective at the table from a demographic they want to reach, my friend will gain experience and contacts helping a nonprofit that supports what she loves, and the organization will benefit from the ideas that develop from this new marriage. It’s win-win-win. Now the question is: how do we encourage “generational diversity” on boards?