Workshops. Lectures. Conference Panels. Interviews. Honors. Fundraisers.

  • Sun
    2:00- 3:30pmArts Administrators of Color 2019 Convening, Eaton DC, 1201 K St NW, Washington, DC

    Alison is excited to be leading a workshop during the 2019 Arts Administrators of Color Network Annual Convening.

    Session Details:

    Preparing for change within an organization requires a bit of planning. In an ideal environment, we are able to collect and interpret data on our current experiences and use that insight to inform our future planning and decisions-making. But how do we know if we are asking the right questions? How do you use the information you’ve collected to make change within your organization? What are the best techniques to leverage the data you’ve collected? How can you use the data and insights collected to tell your story to your community and funders? This course/workshop/class presentation will provide guidance on how data can support understanding, mitigate risks, address equity disparities, plan for future success, and document impact.

  • Mon
    3:30 pmGrantmakers in the Arts, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO

    In 2017, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) began exploring notions of health and equity as understood by Richmonders by funding eight artists and artist collectives to consider the following questions in tandem with their creative works. (1) What does it mean to be well? (2) How do aspects of identity, such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, migrant status and socioeconomic status, relate to health outcomes? (3) What structural barriers exist to achieving states of physical, mental, and social well-being? The artists, through creative expression, unearthed experiences of the past, realities of the present, and possibilities for the future.

    In 2019, RMHF doubled its original investment from 2017 to continue the creative exploration of health equity more expansively by funding nonprofit organizations that hire artists to engage diverse communities in participatory sessions in order to lift up their voice and perspective in fostering solutions for achieving equity. We call this EQUITY IN ACTION!

    RMHF also committed capacity building funds for each nonprofit grantee to measure the impact of their programs.

    This session will compare the evolution of RMHF's exploration of the intersection of art and health as it relates to equity and the impact that creativity plays in healing.


    • Kendra Jones, Director for Arts & Equity, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (Funder)
    • Alison McNeil, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises (Program Evaluator)
    • Alfonso Perez, Artist (Former Grantee & Partnered with Grantee Organization)
    • Gigi Amateau, Writer, (Grantee Organization)


  • Tue
    2:30 pmYoung Women in the Workforce Intensive, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

    The DC Department of Employment Services hosted its inaugural Young Women in the Workforce Intensive to allow young women (ages 19-24 years old) in Washington DC to gain exposure, resources, and other tools needed to confidently pursue their ambitions in the workforce. Attendees included young women from Washington DC enrolled in the Summer Youth Employment Program.

    Alison was honored  to speak about her experiences as a consultant in creative spaces. She shared how she got started as an entrepreneur, her greatest lessons, and how she defined success for herself.


    • Alison McNeil, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises
    • Sehat Walker, Creative Consultant, The General Store Inc.
    • Jovette Gadson, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development



    Goldie Patrick, Executive Director, FRESHH Theatre Company

  • Sat
    10:45am - 12:00pmDance/USA 2019 Annual Conference - Playhouse Square RJF West (Allen Lobby), Cleveland,OH

    Each year over 500 individuals associated with the professional dance field join Dance/USA for the Annual Conference. Attendees include independent artists, dance presenters, agents and artist representatives, education and service providers, executive directors, artistic directors, company managers, fundraisers, presenters, development and marketing staff, and more from across the country and around the world.

    Session Description:

    During this conference session, we invite session attendees to consider the multiple ways of examining and tracking the impact of art.

    It takes a certain level of transparency on both the grantee and grantmaker’s part to recognize that the existing evaluation and performance measurement models are not only limiting but can be dismissive of artistic intentions and desired outcomes. We will explore new ways to think about documenting and measuring impact. Through interactive dialogue, improvisation tested frameworks, and reading materials, we will begin the process of articulating new ways to identify and track our impact and efforts.

    This session was informed by the reflections of lived and shared experiences of artists, arts administrators, and grantmakers gathered during the 2018 Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute.

    Chanon Judson, Associate Artistic Director & Associate BOLD Coordinator, Urban Bush Women

    Stephanie McKee, Executive Artistic Director, Junebug Productions

    Alison McNeil, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises





  • Mon
    6:00 pmGeorge Mason University - Founders Hall Multipurpose Room, Arlington, VA

    George Mason University's (GMU) Office of University Life hosts its Pizza & Perspectives series to create a space for students and the surrounding community to discuss topics that relate to personal and professional growth. Alison has been invited to share her journey to leadership, the adversity she faced along the way, and the support she received from unlikely spaces and places. She will sit on a panel with incredibly dynamic leaders each carving out their own path along the way.

    Rebecca Keatinge, GASPA President and GMU Graduate Student

    Linda Mathes, CEO National Capital Region, American Red Cross

    Alison T. McNeil, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises

    Liz Nohra, Chief of External Relations, Leadership Center of Excellence

  • Wed
    7:00 pmFRESHH Vanguard Workshop-Anacostia Arts Center, Washington, DC

    FRESHH Inc. is a nonprofit grassroots theatre company and incubator  committed to celebrating and cultivating the voices of Black Women and girls in theatre. Through its varied programming, FRESHH creates space and opportunities for Black women and girls to thrive in theatre. Alison has been invited to conduct a workshop for the members of FRESHH's Vanguard Women's Ensemble. During the workshop, participants will explore what it means to tell your story,  identify ideal funders, and secure funding and grant opportunities.



  • Fri
    9:00 am2019 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.

  • Tue
    6:30 pmDowntown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship, BRIC Brooklyn, NY

    The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship is a paid 6-month opportunity for a cohort of young people to gain experience and skills for careers in arts management. The program aims to increase the diversity of staff in cultural organizations, by creating a route into arts management without unpaid internships or master’s degrees. It is sponsored by four organizations in the Brooklyn Cultural District: BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Group, Theatre for a New Audience, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. This program is supported by generous funding from the Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC.

    Alison was pleased to chat with the Fellows about preparing for and managing change within arts & culture organizations.