Event Details


Co-Leadership: The Good, the Bad, and How to Make It Work

Thursday, September 23, 10:00 AM - Thursday, September 23, 2021, 11:30 AM
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $45 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers
Participants will learn first hand about co-leadership from a successful team, and will receive key insights to help shape the path to their co-working model. Speakers will have focused in-depth discussions around the pros and cons of a co-directorship model, while offering steps to building attendees' own teams with a focus on: 
  • The better work-life balance it affords
  • How skills and knowledge sharing in a co-leadership team allows for faster, sounder, and more efficient business practice
  • Insights into the process of building a co-working team 
  • Applicability to issues of equity
  • The values that make strong co-leadership possible

Speaker Information

DAtkinson HeadshotDaniel Atkinson is the Co-Director, Education and Public Programs for the Emerging Curators Institute. He was formerly the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Associate Curator of Education and Interpretation at the Walker Art Center. His focus is on global art education, programming, and their histories, seeking to expand the range of who has access to create them. He has spoken on education and programming at the MCA Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and others. He holds a BA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Art Education from New York University, and an MS in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College.

ECallahan HeadshotEsther Callahan is the Co-Director, Artistic Programs for the Emerging Curators Institute and Chief Creative Officer for Arts and Recreation. As an advocate for systemic change and equity in the Minnesota arts sector with roots in academic degrees in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and Social Justice Leadership from the University of Minnesota, she has been able to collaborate with social justice organizations, diverse artists, and work collaboratively to create space for public art. She builds her curatorial practice around the intersections of race, feminism and social practice, with her most recent exhibit "Stand Up Prints" at Highpoint Center for Printmaking showcasing contemporary printmaking as a tool to amplify people and communities who demand racial and social justice.

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