In the "creative field," it's astounding how little creativity is encouraged in the workplace. After an incredible day sharing space at Emergence: Reclaim the Art, Rebalance the Work, we at EAP are inspired and activated to make that change. The arts should be setting the curve for centering creative expression and creative experience in all that we do: from our programs to our business models to our work culture (ok, maybe not our bookkeeping).

Creativity sparks new ideas and new solutions. It encourages empathy and critical thinking. These are things we need urgently in our community and country right now. If the arts sector can't embody creativity and humanity, then what are we doing here?!

At Emergence, we also had the honor to announce a new grant in honor of our friend and co-founder: The Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award. Nominations are open until July 11 (self-nominations welcome). This is momentous for EAP: with the support of the San Francisco Arts Commission we are able to lift the voice and financial support of an unsung arts leader with $4,000 in unrestricted funds and opportunities to influence other industry leaders. Who is embodying creativity, taking risks to create new models, and making opportunities for marginalized creative voices? Who's too busy juggling jobs and supporting others to step into the spotlight? Who's work do you want to see grow and influence others?

With everything happening at this moment, you may wonder why we should focus any energy toward improving the arts industry (versus the 500, and growing, other urgent issues). Bringing creativity, expression, and humanity into the work we live and breathe—the work that we spend long hours focused on and dedicated to—will nourish us in ways we can't imagine and allow us to do the other work... you know, the whole fixing the universe thing. ;)

With gratitude,
Rhiannon & Katherin

Thank you to everyone who joined us on June 11 for Emergence!

In the coming months, we'll be sharing photos, reflections, and resources from this inspiring day. If you attended the convening, please take a moment to fill out this short survey to help us grow and improve for next year's event.

Nominate someone today for the Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership award!

Working diligently and empowering their communities and collaborators, deeply rooted leaders often don’t get the appreciation for all the work they do. Who's work do you want to see grow and influence others? Nominate!

Apply for the Fellowship 

Are you ready to strengthen your capacity for leadership and collaboration and develop a stronger cross-sector professional network? Applications for Cohort IX are now open! The fellowship expands the skill-sets of emerging and mid-level arts and culture workers through a nine-month personal and professional development curriculum. Through this interactive learning cohort you will build relationships across sector, discipline, and role within the Bay Area’s arts and culture field.

More News...

EAP is excited to announce that we are the recipient of an Organizational Development grant from the California Arts Council. With support from CAC, EAP will identify and structure three leadership development/consulting models that will be offered to the field as a service. This work will strengthen EAP’s organizational capacity and create opportunities for the network to tap into EAP's existing key activities: implementing leadership development curriculum, using an equity framework across the organization, and incubating small creative businesses.
Pour, splash, swirl... What ever you do, mix that color in!
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EAP Co-Directors
Katherin Canton
Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen

EAP Advisory Board
Megan Brian
Patricia Cariño-Valdez
Cristina Ibarra
Michelle Lynch Reynolds
Marline Zaibak


EAP is a network of Bay Area emergent arts leaders and workers who are driven to improve the sector together. By empowering the individual arts worker with personal and professional development, and through the research and development of new models of transaction and interaction in the field, our network works to shift the industry.
Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA is a network focused on the empowerment, leadership, and growth of next generation arts and culture workers in the San Francisco Bay Area through knowledge sharing, learning opportunities, and partnerships. 

By supporting today’s emerging models and mindsets, we hope to generate a path for individuals’ meaningful and sustainable work and to stimulate a vibrant, integrated, and evolving arts and culture sector.
EAP/SFBA is a member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts, providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting services to artists. Visit
EAP would like to thank the following funders for their support.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. Visit
Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing quality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy and supporting research to cure chronic disease. Collaboration and innovation are at the heart of all its programs. Its vision is guided by the belief that change is possible through inquiry, creativity and compassion.
The California Arts Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing excellent, effective, and relevant programs and services.
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