August 2019 Emerging Leaders Network Call

Recorded On: 08/15/2019


 August 2019 

Emerging Leaders Network Call

Join us each quarter for conference call with the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts. Every call will feature an Emerging Leader in the Arts and Culture field, discuss trends in the sector, include open space for Emerging Leaders to share and receive feedback, have an Americans for the Arts update, and more. Emerging Leaders from across the arts and culture sector are encouraged to join. Calls are open and free to members of Americans for the Arts. All calls will be recorded and archived.

Guest Emerging Leader: Colleen McCartney, ArtsMemphis

Topic: Job Hunting Tips & Tricks

Would you like to be featured on one of our quarterly calls? Email Cristyn Johnson to find out more.


Colleen McCartney

Grants and Initiatives Manager, ArtsMemphis

Colleen McCartney currently serves as the as the Grants and Initiatives Manager for ArtsMemphis after having completed a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas Tech University and an M.A in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Globalization, Development and Culture and a Museum Studies certificate from the University of Memphis. Colleen’s position allows her to serve a broad and diverse community, administering over 160 grants totaling nearly $2.5 million dollars, benefiting over 75 art organizations and artists in the Memphis metroplex. These grants help to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. Prior to working at ArtsMemphis, she held programming and administrative positions at various museums, including the National Civil Rights Museum. While an undergraduate she held leadership positions in her local chapter of her service sorority, Gamma Alpha Omega, as well as serving as Student Director on its National Board. She has continued her community service as a member of the Junior League of Memphis. Her life-long passion for art, culture and community service led to her role at ArtsMemphis, where she is honored to able to experience and influence the transformative power of the arts every day.

Cristyn Johnson

Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

Cristyn Johnson is the Local Arts Advancement Program Manager at Americans for the Arts. In this capacity, she develops Americans for the Arts’ comprehensive full-career-spectrum field education offerings to advance competent and informed local, regional and national arts professionals.  She also develops a suite of programs and resources centered around the full leadership pipeline and organizational needs of a diverse workforce. She manages, grows, and cultivates an Emerging Leaders Network, a Mid-Career Leaders Network, and an Executive Leaders Network by building a connected network of arts professionals in the field of practices, who can share their knowledge with the field at large.        


August 2019 Emerging Leaders Network Call Recording