Speaking & Workshop Engagements

  • Sun
    1:00 pmAmerican University Katzen Arts Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

    Alison will be moderating a panel during  the inaugural convening of the Arts Administrators of Color DMV Network.

    Session Background

    Panelists share their challenges in building capacity and the creative strategies that lead to new funding opportunities.

    Session Participants


    • Alison McNeil, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises


    • Ruby Harper Lopez, Director of Local Arts Services, Americans for the Arts, Americans for the Arts
    • Takenya LaVisount, Senior Grants Program Manager, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
    • Regan Spurlock, Grants Programs Manager, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • Thu
    3:00 pmSteinberg Dietrich Hall - University of Pennsylvania
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    For the last several years, National Arts Strategies (NAS) and the University of Pennsylvania hosts the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy for early to mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector, as well as those seeking to enter the sector.

    The University of Pennsylvania faculty, the NAS team and some of the best and brightest leaders working in the world come together to deliver tested tools, frameworks and expert industry knowledge to help  develop understanding of the business side of the industry. The program is part distance learning and part in person convening.

    During the in-person convening, at the University of Pennsylvania, Alison McNeil discusses how to plan for a fruitful online learning experience. She shares strategies for success, common barriers and pitfalls, and best practices applied during the online learning experience.

  • Thu
    9:30 amSilver Spring Civic Buildling, Betty Mae Kramer Gallery 1 Veterans Plaza Silver Spring, MD 20910
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    Have you been tasked with reaching new audiences? Do you need assistance with determining who is currently in and missing from your audience? Are you curious about the best techniques to work with and serve your intended audiences? Then this workshop is for you! Join Third Eye Cultural Collaborative as they facilitate discussions and exercises that will provide guidance on how data can support your efforts to understand your current demographics, engage new audiences, and identify varied approaches to leveraging data to plan for the future. This 2-hour workshop will include hands-on opportunities to draft and receive feedback on ample survey/focus group questions, discuss lessons learned from relevant case studies, and review techniques and resources that will support your efforts when you return to your organizations.

    About Third Eye Cultural Collaborative

    Third Eye Cultural Collaborative is a social enterprise dedicated to strengthening our cultural ecosystem by enhancing the impact of arts and culture organizations. We provide strategy, organizational development, and innovation support services that enrich arts and culture organizations and leaders. We are committed to understanding your mission, supporting your work, and crafting the appropriate tools to invigorate organizational excellence and propel your organization to new heights.

  • Thu
    2:30 pmAmericans for the Arts Webinar Series

    A thriving network chapter needs a clear structure and strategy to ensure continuity and relevant programming. Often networks are started by a couple of energetic individuals doing it all but if they forego proper planning and recruitment they will ultimately face burnout and a dying network.

    Join consultant and planning expert Alison T. McNeil and Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles Advisory Board member Lauren Nichols for a conversation on how to approach the planning process in order to create a strong framework and grow a successful and sustainable network. McNeil is the Founder & President of McNeil Creative Enterprises. She has experience consulting with Emerging Leader Networks, including Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, on strategic visioning and building a strong foundation.

    Webinar participants should expect insight on the following topics:

    • What to Consider When Launching an Emerging Arts Leaders(EAL) Network
    • How to Plan for EAL Network Success
    • Common Issues/Challenges Faced by EAL Networks
    • Techniques to Address Issues/Challenges
  • Sat
    3:00 pm2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention - Sheraton Boston
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    Join the deputy director of Fractured Atlas to discuss ways to foster innovation even inside risk-averse organizations, such as most nonprofits. This session addresses issues of capacity, diversity/equity, engagement, evaluation, and leadership.

    Session Speaker: Tim Cynova, Deputy Director, Fractured Atlas.

    Session Moderator: Alison McNeil, President, McNeil Creative Enterprises