B.J. Adler and Vision Emerging Consulting

Barbara "B.J." Adler

BJ Adler is the founder and owner of Vision Emerging Consulting, a practice dedicated to the transformative power of creativity.  Drawing upon her experience in artistic direction and vision, management, administration and fiscal responsibility, she provides service as a motivational speaker, a vision and career coach, and special project consultant.  

Barbara “B.J.” Adler Vitae

CEO/Executive Director with national reputation and experience combining a unique blend of vision, executive leadership and creative direction in the arts, education and cultural arenas. Innovative programming is a hallmark.  Creative team building and inspirational leadership.  Career-long reputation for dynamic revenue growth and fiscal responsibility.  Noted for technology innovation.

ALLIANCE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS & WRITERS/THE SCHOLASTIC AWARDS   
YOUNG AUDIENCES    CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA    
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER     

Turn around leadership
Exhibition, performance and event production  
Capacity building track record
Motivational public speaker 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY 

PRINCIPAL PARTNER, VISION EMERGING CONSULTING  NEW YORK, NY   2007 – PRESENT 

Providing motivational speaking, executive coaching, and special project vision. Clients include the National Endowment for the Arts Education Leadership Institute, The Women’s Networking Event of Shughart, Tomson &; Kilroy Law Firm in Kansas City, Mo, Wichita Arts Partners and a group of non-profit executives.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALLIANCE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS & WRITERS NEW YORK, NY  1998-2007 

Built the capacity of a fledgling non-profit organization into national prominence by providing guidance and support to the nation’s emerging artists/writers through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and additional support services for highly talented creative youth. 

Program Leadership 

• Leadership of the preeminent national “talent search” for the nation’s most accomplished teenage artists/writers involving 
•77,000 youth from secondary schools in every state in the nation 
•Implementation of the Access, Equity and Excellence Initiative removing barriers to participation and recognition for “less resourced” youth 
•Design of new format for national awards events including workshops to introduce highly accomplished emerging artists/writers to industry leaders 
•Production of national exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC, and the DvF Gallery and Reeves Gallery in NYC 
•Production of special exhibitions related to national issues (ARTifacts: Kids Respond to a World in Crisis after 9/11 and Kids Reconstruct with Creativity after Hurricane Katrina) 

Management Expertise 

• Positioned the Alliance as THE source of artistic/creative achievement by our nation’s teenagers through   targeted print and digital media to policy and decision makers in education, government and the arts 
• Governance of 80 affiliated regional programs including New York City (grew affiliate network from 50 to 80) 
• Formulation of a new affiliation agreement to provide earned income to both local affiliates and the national organization 
• Implementation of a technology initiative that took the organization from paper-based registration to Web-based online registration and included the creation of a vibrant, interactive Web site:                        http://www.artandwriting.org 

Fiscal Responsibility

• Raised nearly $1.5 million in scholarship funds 
• Increased annual operating budget from $800,000 to $3.5 million 
• Accumulated a $1.2 million cash reserve to capitalize capacity building initiatives 

YOUNG AUDIENCES NEW YORK, NY  1980-82 and 1989-98 

Built program “brand” of national arts education organization with 38 affiliated chapters that provides arts education programs through performances and teaching artists services to school and community organizations. 

EDUCATION DIRECTOR, 1994-1998 
Responsible for setting educational policies of YA network and administering programs designed to harness the power of the arts in education. 

• Conducted professional development seminars for teachers and artists 
• Lead curriculum development efforts in all YA chapters under banner of Arts4Learning 
• Designed comprehensive, community-wide arts education plans implemented in 10 cities 
• Produced and wrote model project “how to” manuals 
• Hired and managed assessment professionals 
• Collaborated on successful resource development efforts 

PROJECT REACH DIRECTOR 1993-1998 
Provided analysis and inspiration to communities to re-vitalize arts education delivery system and quality. 

• Identified development sites 
• Managed organizational expansion 
• Coordinated comprehensive, city-wide arts education programs 

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT   1989-94  and  1980 -82 

• Supported affiliate network 
• Provided technical assistance services 
• Strengthened model programs by creating dissemination models, technical assistance and funding– Run for the Arts, ArtsCard, Arts Partners, the Arts-in-Education Institute, the Master Artist Series, and the Family Festivals of the Arts 

EDUCATION DIRECTOR, THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER NEW YORK, NY  1987-1992 

• Redesigned all educational programs and services to target unique organizational assets to include Young Musician’s Program, Chamber Music Beginnings, and pre-concert lectures 
• Increased outreach to schools by 350% 
• Wrote curriculum guides and program notes 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA NEW YORK, NY 1982-85 

• Expanded membership by 400% 
• Initiated Chamber Music Magazine 
• Increased advertising revenue by 250% 
• Increased annual operating budget 200% 
• Expanded grants to artists and presenters 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KC CHAPTER OF YOUNG AUDIENCES KANSAS CITY, MO 1976-80 

• Created model arts education program Learning Through the Arts 
• Increased annual operating budget 300% 
• Developed board of directors 

EDUCATION 

M.A. in Education and Spanish, University of Missouri at Kansas City, August, 1975 

Missouri State Teaching Certificate for life in English, Spanish and Allied Arts, Missouri Western College, May, 1973 

B.A. in English and Spanish, University of Missouri at Kansas City, June 1972 

Fluent in Spanish 
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and all iLife and iWork programs 

Related Experience

ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS, New York, NY Report Editor, Arts and Education Policy Task Force for the New York City Board of Education  October 1990 

AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LEAGUE, New York, NY Community Partnerships Grant Review Panels   2005-2007 

ARTS CONNECTION  New York, NY Arts Exposure Panel, Class Acts Seminar Faculty 1989-1990; Program Advisory Council  1995-present 

ARTS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP Washington, DC  Steering Committee and Communications Committee 1998-2007 

CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA New York, NY National Advisory Committee and Education Committee 1985 – present 

EUROPEAN-AMERICAN MUSICAL ALLIANCE New York, NY Board Member  2007 – present 

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS  Washington, DC 2008 Education Leadership Institute Team Coach  

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC New York, NY Program Evaluator, School Partnership Program 1995-1998  

92ND STREET Y New York, NY  School Concert Series Evaluator 1989-90 season 

PARK HILL R-V SCHOOL DISTRICT Kansas City, MO Classroom Teacher (English, Spanish and Allied Arts)  1973-76 

UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL New York, NY Board Member  1997-98 

Professional and Social Associations

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS 
ARTTABLE     
COSMOPOLITAN CLUB     
NATIONAL ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION       
NATIONAL COUNCIL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH     

Events and Productions

The Scholastic Art Awards National Exhibitions – The most highly accomplished work recognized nationally by The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards –displayed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the DvF Gallery in New York City, and Reeves Contemporary in New York City – annually 1998 – 2007 

National Celebration Events – Annual awards ceremony and networking events for America’s most talented emerging artists and writers with events at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall – annually 1998-2007 

Network Leadership Conferences – Annual meetings for leadership of affiliates of the Alliance, 1998-2007 

Kids Reconstruct with Creativity – Exhibition of art and writing by students impacted by the Gulf Coast Hurricanes (Rita, Wilma and Katrina) in the fall of 2005 – opened August 2006 at the Mississippi State Museum in Jackson, MS and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA, toured for one year 

ARTifacts: Kids Respond to a World in Crisis – Exhibition and catalog of art and writing by NY, NJ and CT students in response to events of 9/11 – opened April 2002 at the DvF Gallery in New York, toured for one year 

MS Foundation Women’s Issues Exhibition – a curated exhibition of work by the nation’s most talented emerging teenage artists related to women’s issues – May 2000 

And Then They Came for Me – A tour of Holocaust story with actors and slides to satisfy New Jersey and New York social studies standards  – Fall of 1997 

The Creativity Exchange – A model program incubation institute with performances – annually 1993 – 1997 (Storm King Institute in NY, Santa Clara College in CA and Spirit Square in Charlotte, NC) 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Concerts – Annual chamber music concert in Alice Tully Hall by the most accomplished young musicians in New York area – 1988 – 1991 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Pre-Concert Lecture Series – 1987-1992 

Let’s Make an Ensemble/Let’s Make a Band – a multi-media production designed to introduce upper elementary and middle school students to classical music by showing how four friends formed a chamber music ensemble – opening performance July 1994, toured for 5 years 

Bingham’s Missouri – a multi-media (live musicians, actor, slides) using the work of George Caleb Bingham and period music traveling production produced to travel in schools in Missouri to meet state history requirement – opening performance September 1976 – toured for 15 years 

Publications

Beyond the Three “R’s”, Igniting Your Child’s Creative Spark, Parents League Review, February 2008 

Spark, Young Visions and Voices, annually 2006-2007 

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Annual Exhibition Catalogs, annually 1998-2007, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers 

P.S. Art Exhibition Catalogs, annually 2003-2007, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers 

Kids Reconstruct with Creativity, Youth Response to the Gulf Coast Hurricanes of 2005, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, April 2002 

ARTifacts: Kids Respond to a World in Crisis Exhibition Catalog, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, April 2002 

Arts for Learning School Planning Guide, Young Audiences, May 1998 

Arts for Learning Success Stories, Young Audiences, May 1998 

The School Partnership Program Program Evaluation, The New York Philharmonic Association, May 1995 

Arts Partners Planning Guide:  Using Cultural Resources as a Vital Part of the Curriculum, Young Audiences, May 1994 

Run for the Arts Planning Guide, Young Audiences, May 1994 

Family Festival of the Arts Planning Guide, Young Audiences, May 1994 

Concert Lesson Guides and Audio Tapes, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 1987 through 1992 

Crisis and Opportunity: The State of the Arts in the New York City Public Schools, The Arts & Education Policy Task Force of the Office of the Chancellor, April 1990 

The 92nd Street Y Chamber Symphony School Concert Series Program Evaluation, 92nd Street YMHA, May 1990 

One Response to “B.J. Adler and Vision Emerging Consulting”

  1. Carolyn Wollen Says:

    BJ, a lifelong friend, has always been a significant source to me of encouraging personal creativity. I am grateful for what she has brought to my life and I am excited that she is now providing that kind of support to the wider world.

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