Emerging Cultural Leaders Expand Their Horizons
Editor’s Note: We are pleased to profile two more participants in the Broward Cultural Council’s Emerging Cultural Leaders Program. More information about the program can be found at the end of this article.
The tables have turned for teacher Kristyn DeRosa. While she educates her students in the visual arts as a teacher at Deerfield Park Elementary School, an arts magnet school in Deerfield Beach, she receives her own education in the Emerging Cultural Leaders Program.
“The program seemed like the perfect opportunity to round out my experience and see cultural arts programming and education from a different perspective,” DeRosa explains.
“Receiving training as a grants panelist was eye-opening,” she says. “The various events and lectures I have attended as an Emerging Cultural Leader have certainly deepened my level of commitment to the arts and given me some context in which to place the state of our cultural community.”
Being a part of this program has also prompted DeRosa to further her own education. “It has inspired me to look into graduate studies in Nonprofit Management at Florida Atlantic University. I'm hoping that, upon completion of the program, I will know where I am needed the most and have the skills and experience to carry my weight in keeping culture alive and well in Broward County.”
Tonya Seavers Evans
Tonya Seavers Evans
Marketing and public relations are important in any field, but are especially crucial in the arts. With funding low and programs being cut, creative marketing can be a key to success. Tonya Seavers Evans of Coral Springs has made promoting the arts and non-profits her mission as she moves forward in her professional career.
“Although I am not an artist myself, I have a genuine appreciation for the benefits of experiencing and being surrounded by a vibrant arts community,” she explains.
Evans’ extensive work in the corporate sector has given her the much-needed tools to help others. She currently serves as a senior account manager for the public relations firm Creative Communication & Associates in Coral Springs.
“I wanted to use my business and public relations experience to help artists and the arts community in those business areas which might not be their areas of expertise. I also wanted to provide my support for the arts so that we continue to have an arts community that my children can experience,” says the mother of two.
After completing the program, Evans would like to continue to support the arts. “I am hoping to serve as a board member from one of the arts committees in the long-term and work with the Cultural Division to introduce a new group of young and diverse professionals to service in support of the arts and the other Cultural Division programs,” she says.
About the Program
The Broward Cultural Council’s Emerging Cultural Leaders Program seeks to cultivate Broward County’s next generation of cultural leadership by focusing attention on people who have the will and desire to develop cultural leadership skills. The initiative enables young professionals to enhance leadership skills, build relationships with business and community leaders, productively contribute to civic life and cultural development, and gain recognition within causes that stir their passion. For a period of two years, the 15 members immerse themselves in learning all facets of arts leadership. By doing so, this next generation of cultural leaders will be ready to take on the challenges presented by a changing cultural and financial climate. Upon completion, participants then may become eligible to receive recommendations for either board membership with a cultural organization or a recommendation to serve on the Broward Cultural Council..