Events

Workshops. Interviews. Honors. Fundraisers.


  • Fri
    18
    Jan
    2019
    2019 Chorus Management Institute, New York, NY

    Alison will be participating as a faculty member for the 2019  Chorus Management Institute (CMI). CMI is a three-day intensive workshop hosted by Chorus America that gives participants tools, strategies, and a professional network they can put to immediate use back at their arts organizations.

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018
    Arts Administrators of Color-DMV Annual Convening: Baltimore, MD

    Arts Administrators of Color-DMV (AAC-DMV) is committed to empowering artists and arts administrators in the Washington, DC metropolitan area by advocating for access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the arts. On September 29, 2018, AAC-DMV will host is annual convening bringing together artists and arts professionals across the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Alison McNeil will serve on a panel about entrepreneurship in the arts. The convening will be held in Baltimore, MD at The Motor House.

  • Tue
    18
    Sep
    2018
    Florida State University, Department of Art Education, Tallahassee, FL

    Alison McNeil was invited to deliver a guest lecture to Dr. Antonio Cuyler's graduate level Leading the Arts Organization class. His students were expected to design their own arts organization as a part of their coursework. To complement their preparation for this assignment, Alison was invited to reflect on her experiences and lessons learned as an entrepreneur in the arts and culture sector. She offered insights and sparked dialogue informed by her entrepreneurial journey, including what led her to launch an arts service organization, an arts consulting firm and a philanthropic fund that invests in artists.

  • Mon
    09
    Jul
    2018
    1:00 pmArts Management Institute: Washington, DC

    Words Beats and Life is a DC based nonprofit organization that creates arts based educational experiences rooted in hip hop that equips youth, arts managers, teaching artists and scholars to move from theory to practice. In June 2018, they launched the inaugural Arts Management Institute. Fifteen young people enrolled in Washington, DC's Summer Youth Employment Program will participate in this Institute. The Institute will include lectures, guest speakers, creative community tours, arts workshops and hands on management skill training for all participants. Alison has been invited to design and facilitate a workshop on program evaluation. What an incredible opportunity for the young people of DC!

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018
    1:30 pmAssociation of Performing Arts Service Organizations Conference - Austin, TX

    This session will explore the following questions: (1) How does an arts service organization utilize a “systems-change” mindset when evaluating their offerings? (2) What are the challenges in translating the core values of a project to the core values of an organization? (3) What are the barriers in thinking about systemic change?

    During this session, the panelists will reflect on their experiences unpacking the aforementioned questions through a project meant to accurately represent the operations of under-resourced and under-represented arts & culture organizations.

    • Katie Ingersoll, Education Manager, DataArts
    • Michelle Higgins, Community Engagement Manager, DataArts
    • Alison McNeil, Co-Founder & Partner, Third Eye Cultural Collaborative
  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018
    6:30 pmIA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space): Washington, DC

     

    ArtTable was founded in 1980 by a group of professional women in the visual arts to foster greater support, recognition, and opportunities among their peers.

    Join ArtTable DC for the first program in a series of professional development programs this Spring! For details about how to RSVP click here.

    Have you considered leaving your organization to try your hand at consulting? Does the appeal of flexible hours and choice of projects sound appealing? What are the risks with striking out on one's own? What are the benefits? This panel brings together four women who have successfully transitioned into consulting and freelance work, each with different reasons and trajectories. One panelist carefully planned the transition for several years (Alison's story), another turned to consulting suddenly when full-time employment ended. One panelist will talk about consulting as a gradual step towards retirement, and another will talk about why she returned to an organization after years as a freelancer. If you are considering striking out on your own, you won't want to miss this event!

    Panelists:

    • Alison McNeil, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises
    • Carlyn Madden, Principal, Carlyn Madden Consulting Services
    • Edith Graves, Director of Communications, Anthony Wilder Design/Build and Studio E Partners
    • Marsha Semmel, Principal, Marsha Semmel Consulting, formerly Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services

    Moderator:

    • Claire Huschle, Director, Scaffold
  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2018
    8:00 amInternational Association of Blacks in Dance Conference: Los Angeles, CA

     

    The International Association of Blacks in Dance  (IABD) is part of the Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative (COHI) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. COHI builds organizational resiliency within the national arts ecosystem by broadening access to resources in underserved regions, creating more equitable systems of support for artists and cultural organizations, and strengthening community participation. While participating in COHI, IABD launched an effort to document the stories of blacks in dance as informed by a representative sample of IABD member organizations in a report called The Black Report: The State of the Union for Blacks in Dance.  MCE is a contributor to this report.

    IABD and MCE presented the preliminary results from The Black Report  during the 2018 IABD conference in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    11:30 amArmy Navy Country Club: Arlington VA

     

    For the last several years the Leadership Center for Excellence has identified 40 leaders under the age of 40 that live in the DC metro area and are actively committed to creating change in their community and/or profession. These leaders are doing incredibly impactful work in health, education, the arts, technology, environment, and the law. Alison  was recognized as one of 40 individuals doing work to change the world. Alison was recognized for efforts to create equitable systems in the arts and culture sector. What an honor!

     

     

     

     

  • Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017
    5:30 pmRhode Island State Council on the Arts: Providence, RI

    Supported by a collaboration between the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the Expansion Arts Program (EAP) offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations. To support the capacity building efforts of the EAP grantees, Alison co-designed and presented a 3-hour workshop with her Third Eye Cultural Collaborative colleagues to help grantees better understand the grant making process. Participants discussed ways to navigate the traditional grantmaking system, learned how grantmakers are working to reduce funding gaps and disparities to address the cultural equity issues in philanthropy,  investigated creative models that are emerging to support artists and organizations and went through the process of looking at their organization’s traits and systems and developed a practical plan to begin to work with grantmakers.

     

     

  • Sun
    08
    Oct
    2017
    1:00 pmAmerican University: Washington, DC

     

    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

    Moderator:

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

    Panelists:

    • 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
    09
    Mar
    2017
    3:00 pmUniversity of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, PA

    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
    16
    Feb
    2017
    9:30 amArts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County: Silver Spring, MD

    Alison with her Third Eye Cultural Collaborative colleagues facilitated discussions and exercises that provided guidance on how data can support arts organization's efforts to understand current demographics, engage new audiences, and identify varied approaches to leveraging data to plan for the future.

     

     

  • Thu
    15
    Dec
    2016
    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
    18
    Jun
    2016
    3:00 pm2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention: Boston, MA

    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, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises