The Clarice

Emerging Arts Advocates


The Emerging Arts Advocates (EAA) program was created to promote the growth of our membership in the under-40 age range or people new to the field, to educate the next generation of Maryland Arts Advocates, and to provide advocacy training, professional development, and leadership opportunities to young advocates in the arts field across all disciplines and regions of the state. From Executive Directors to Artists to Volunteers, they represent a broad range of the ways in which emerging leaders are involved in the artistic community.

The Emerging Arts Advocates (EAAs) strive to build and sustain the arts sector in the state of Maryland by developing and promoting programs which create growth, development, and vitality for the entire sector. The EAAs role with Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is to act as an advisory group to help with the development and implementation in MCA programming, as well as state and local advocacy initiatives.

Working with MCA, the EAAs will become leaders in the arts advocacy field for the under 40 arts community through:

  • Leadership Development
  • Advocacy Training
  • Networking Events

To learn more about the Emerging Arts Advocates, please email our staff or call our office at 410-467-6700.


Current Initiatives


Steering Committee

Kerry Holahan, Chair, Artist/Singer

Amanda Morell, Vice Chair, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County

Kristen McCurdy, Communications Officer, Maryland Federation of Art


Jessica Abel, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

Janica Alston, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

Brittany Andrew, Dorchester Center for the Arts

Precious Blake, Arts Every Day

Krystiana Bonheur, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Emily Cory, Maryland State Department of Education

Zoe Fried, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Mary Hester, Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance

Jessica Koningsberg, Baltimore Museum of Industry

Alexa Milroy, Baltimore Museum of Art

Ontavia Roulette, Singer

Raisa Lefé Henry-Rouse, Arts Advocate

Sarah Snyder, The Clarice



Diana Schenck, EAA Mentor, Artivate!