Analyzes the social, cultural, economic and creative foundations of cultural management and policy. Emphasizes critical and creative thinking in evaluating the role and function of non-profit arts institutions within the complex fabric of contemporary society. Examines municipal, state, and federal spheres of influence on public policy.
In addition to policy, we will look at the history of arts and cultural administration and the foundations of organizational development. Being practical in approach, we will also look into the steps by which an arts/cultural organization is established and the strategies and practices of leadership required to make it successful.
We will be as innovative in our assignments as the arts/cultural organizations are that we will study. Our explorations will take us from BoatShops to Museums to Theaters and Writing programs. While not everyone will lead an arts/cultural organization, we are all tied to them in some way, shape, or form. This class is for anyone who is involved with or interested in an arts/cultural organization, whether it be as staff, volunteer, board member, or supporter.
Student learning goals
Students will understand the unique nature of arts/cultural organizations as non-profit entities.
Students will be able to discern the key elements of an arts/cultural organization and how it operates.
Students will know the difference between an arts organization, a cultural organization, and organizations that support arts and cultural organizations.
Students will gain familiarity with the public policies that impact arts/cultural organizations.
Students will be able to discern and analyze leadership techniques specific to arts/cultural organizations.
General method of instruction
Combined lecture, reading, discussion, research assignments, and guest speakers.
Any kind of involvement with a non-profit arts or cultural organization, whether it be a museum, performing arts org, literary group, or heritage society.
Class assignments and grading
Students will complete a range of assignments that lead to the compilation of a comprehensive case study of an arts/cultural organization. Some assignments will be creative in nature and reflect some of the goals of various organizations studied.
Class attendance, participation, and the completion of assignments is paramount. Quality of work moves the student up or down the grading scale.