Evolving Your Professional Development Services to Meet a Changing Landscape

Saturday, June 17, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Local Arts Agency (LAA) staff managing professional development for constituents have few opportunities to share approaches, challenges, and lessons learned. This session will explore how local arts agencies can adapt their professional development support to meet the evolving needs of constituents in dramatically shifting economic and social contexts in the next 5-10 years. Join fellow PD leaders for presentations on past, present and future support to artists and nonprofits, followed by facilitated discussion. Leave with at least one “big idea” and 2-3 immediately implementable strategies on how to be proactive in this moment of transformation.

This session addresses issues of accessibility, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, grantmaking, and leadership.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.


Talia Gibas
Professional Development Programs Manager
LA County Arts Commission
Los Angeles, California

Talia Gibas is Professional Development Programs Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, where she manages learning and leadership development opportunities for nonprofit arts administrators and individual artists. These include quarterly, free mini-conferences tackling both practical skill-building and big-picture trends in the arts community; and the LA County Arts Internship Program, which, in partnership with The Getty Foundation, is the largest paid internship program in the arts in the United States. Her work is informed by more than six years with the Commission’s regional arts education initiative, Arts for All, where she developed and managed a range of grant and professional development programs for K-12 practitioners. Talia earned her A.B. in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and Ed.M in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her non-arts life, she is an avid distance runner and triathlete.
Ebony McKinney
Program Officer
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, California
McKinney is currently a Program Officer at the San Francisco Arts Commission. She was the founding director of Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA, a network focused on empowerment, leadership, and growth of next generation arts and culture workers and sat on the Emerging Leader Council of AFTA. McKinney has participated in grant, fellowship residency review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts (visual and media), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Arts Council, National Arts Strategies and the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission. She currently serves on the Citizen's Advisory Committee for Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the Advisory Board for California College of the Arts’ Center for Art in Public Life. Ebony holds a BA in Communications from Chatham College, MA’s in both Cultural Entrepreneurship and Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. McKinney also attended the International Summer School in Cultural Economics in Amsterdam (NL).
Ryan Deal
Vice President, Cultural & Community Investment
Arts & Science Council
Charlotte, North Carolina
Ryan Deal, employed with the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg since 2009, currently serves as Vice President of Cultural & Community Investment. In this role, Ryan leads a team responsible for planning and facilitation of the agencies $7+ million grant making portfolio which includes more than 100 arts, science history and heritage partners from across Mecklenburg County each year receiving general operating support, community project grants, project support for individual artists, and organizational capacity building grants. Additionally, Ryan curates an annual suite of training and workshop opportunities targeting nonprofit governance/operations and creative individual entrepreneurship, generating more than 5,000 contact hours of instruction each year. Ryan studied Vocal Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and regularly participates in both community-based and professional performing arts productions as actor, musician and music director.