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Emerging Arts Leaders Phoenix to Continue New Times' State of the Arts Survey

Back in January, New Times issued a survey. We wanted to take the pulse of Phoenix's arts scene — to find out what was happening and what people wanted to see happen in the near future. 

Curators, artists, performers, art lovers, and assorted movers and shakers responded with their opinions, which served as the basis of our State of the Arts cover story and our to-do list for Phoenix's arts institutions. We ran a selection of 10 surveys here on the arts blog.

Now, Emerging Arts Leaders Phoenix, a group of local art and culture professionals, will take the survey and run with it. 

Each summer, through a series of happy hour events, EALphx engages with attendees to figure out what topics to discuss at its October event, Creative Conversation, which is put on annually in conjunction with other EAL organizations across the country. EAL is an extension of nonprofit Americans for the Arts.

But this summer's series will be a little different.

"This year, the EALphx team is inviting the community to expand upon and respond to the Phoenix New Times State of the Arts survey," says Scottsdale Public Art's Kirstin Van Cleef, a core member of EALphx, via e-mail.

The goal is to build on State of the Art's findings and seize on topics that are already circulating through the community. 

"The survey invited the Valley to respond, not just those in the arts, creating diverse data which EALphx can use to successfully respond to the needs of community," Van Cleef says. "EALphx members and their event participants often express a desire to be a part of the solution and to take action. The hope in starting with the existing survey data as a jumping off point for summer community brainstorming during the happy hours series is to find ways to create and contribute to tangible outcomes."

Happy hours are free to attend at Sun Up Brewing and run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays June 8, July 13, and August 10. To RSVP and for more information, see EALphx's Facebook page

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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