About Tara Aesquivel

Name: Tara Aesquivel


Web Site: http://ealla.org/

Bio: Tara Aesquivel is an advocate for the arts, education, and sustainable practices. She is a classically trained musician, studying oboe and voice while earning a B.A. in Music from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Convinced that she could have a broader impact offstage, Tara completed the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. During graduate school Tara was selected to study cultural economics at the University of Bologna, Italy, and conducted a thesis project for Americans for the Arts that studied the challenges of providing arts education in public schools. Tara’s professional experience includes work in project management, program evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. She has completed projects for the Center for Arts Management Technology and Pittsburgh Opera, and has held full-time positions with LA Opera and A Noise Within. Tara is currently the Program Coordinator for Antioch University Los Angeles’s M.A. in Urban Sustainability. Tara has been part of the Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles professional development network for nearly four years and is currently serving as the group’s Executive Chair. She is also on the Young Professionals Advisory Board of Inner City Arts. Tara enjoys all things Italian, being a cultural consumer, and digging around in her vegetable garden.

Posts by Tara Aesquivel:

ARTSblog holds week-long Blog Salons, a series of posts by guest bloggers, that focus on an overarching theme within a core area of Americans for the Arts' work. Here are links to the most recent Salons:

Arts Education

Teaching Artists

Early Arts Education

Common Core Standards

Quality, Engagement & Partnerships

Emerging Leaders

Charting the Future of the Arts

Taking Communities to the Next Level

New Methods & Models

Public Art

Best Practices


Arts Marketing

Audience Engagement

Winning Audiences

Powered by Community

Animating Democracy

Arts & the Military

Scaling Up Programs & Projects

Social Impact & Evaluation

Humor & Social Change

Private Sector Initatives

Arts & Business Partnerships

Business Models in the Arts

Local Arts Agencies

Cultural Districts

Economic Development

Trends, Collaborations & Audiences

Art in Rural Communities

Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe talk about the state of the arts in America at Arts Advocacy Day 2012. The acclaimed actor and famed producer discuss arts education and what inspires them.