Leah Hamilton

Facing changes, internally and externally, and feeling the need for more financial security is normal for any arts organization; you aren’t alone. This fun and engaging workshop will lead you through an honest assessment of your organization’s current lifecycle stage, and then provide you the tools to set realistic goals within that lifecycle to achieve greater stability. The tools include easy-to-follow action steps in pinpointing more purposeful relationships with stakeholders and honing your management techniques to positively influence marketing and programming.


About Our Speaker: Leah Hamilton (M.S. Arts Administration, Drexel University), is an independent arts consultant and researcher, and brings over 10 years of experience in the field of arts administration. Prior to moving into consulting work, Hamilton served as the Instructor and Director of the Arts Administration undergraduate program at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Before Drury, Hamilton worked for the Springfield (Mo.) Regional Arts Council where she served as Executive Director until 2013. Under Hamilton’s leadership, the Council stabilized its funding and expanded its programming and facilities at The Creamery Arts Center. Hamilton co-chaired the Arts & Culture plan element of the City of Springfield’s Field Guide 2030 strategic plan, increased the Council’s membership, developed a stronger working partnership between the Council and Springfield-Greene County Parks, and instituted new programs for corporate development and professional training for Council members.

Leah was honored to receive Southwest Missouri’s most distinguished arts award, the Ozzie Award in 2013, as well as the 2013 Spotlight Award given by the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She was named one of the Springfield Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in 2012 and was featured in their 40 under 40 class in 2009.

Leah currently serves as the Vice President for Missouri Citizens for the Arts. She is also an accomplished singer who performs with the Kansas City ensemble Octarium and has appeared in a number of Springfield productions for the Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Little Theatre, Springfield Contemporary Theatre, and the Springfield Symphony.


C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections.