About Us


Portland Emerging Arts Leaders is a volunteer-run organization for up-and-coming arts and culture leaders to build the professional skills and shape the ideas that will drive the arts sector into the future.

Through our programs, PEAL aims to:

  • Help emerging leaders build their networks, and create connections between emerging and experienced leaders.
  • Create access for training and development of professional skills.
  • Provide a platform for the emerging arts community to acknowledge and articulate our unique perspectives, which will guide the arts sector into the future.
  • Engage and collaborate with other diverse networks of organizations, artists, and businesses throughout the community.
  • Be a resource for all up-and-coming arts organizers and advocates in the Portland metro area

PEAL is the greater Portland area network affiliated with Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Network. PEAL is fiscally sponsored by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.