New Directions in Arts Administration: Who, What, Why & How New Directions in Arts Administration: Who, What, Why & How

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Monday, May 23, 2022

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Tackling DEI Head-On through Experiential Learning Partnerships
Pamela Yau
Pamela Yau
Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Assistant Teaching Professor, Arts Administration and Museum Leadership

With the rise of social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate in the past several years, it is important to consider how as an arts administration educator one may address the associated DEI issues through the structure of the current curriculum of your program. One approach is to develop an experiential learning partnership with an established arts and cultural organization that is currently working to address these DEI issues in the field. Professor Pamela Yau will share her case study of a year-long partnership she developed with arts advocacy organization, Final Bow for Yellowface, which works with major performing arts organizations to present culturally representative portrayals of Asian culture and people as well as advocating for the end of the racist practice of "yellowface" on stage.

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Adapting from City Mouse to Country Mouse: Managing the Arts in Urban and Rural Communities
David Snider
David Snider
Skidmore College, Author of Managing Arts Organizations

Adapting from City Mouse to Country Mouse – How does arts management differ in urban and rural environments? What roles do arts organizations serve in rural vs. urban communities? What’s different and what’s universal? This session will compare the role of the arts in rural and urban communities. Attendees will learn about the strengths and challenges of each of these communities via research and real-world examples. They will also gain strategies in how to approach fundraising, programming, and organizational development depending on their environment. Based on a chapter from Managing Arts Organizations.

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No Theater Left Behind: A Case for Digital Programming
Thomas Breeden
Thomas Breeden
Goucher College, MA in Arts Administration student

The COVID-19 pandemic presented nonprofit theaters an immediate and critical choice: shut down until the health concerns passed, or shift to digital programming to continue to serve audiences. Now, as theaters reopen their physical spaces, an equally existential choice has emerged: leave COVID-era digital programming behind, or continue to incorporate digital programming moving forward.

This presentation answers a timely question for the post-COVID era: Why invest in digital programming for the long haul? “No Theater Left Behind” presents a research-driven case to convince arts managers, boards, and other stakeholders that digital programming is essential to the future of nonprofit theater, even post-COVID.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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Envisioning the Post-Pandemic Landscape for Arts Leaders Arts
Jan Newcomb
Jan Newcomb
National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response, Executive Director
Tom Clareson
Tom Clareson
Performing Arts Readiness project/LYRASIS, Director
Carol Foster
Carol Foster
The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Special Programs Associate

Since March 2020, arts administrators have relearned the ABCs of dynamic decision-making and leadership skills to keep their organizations alive and resilient. Panelists Jan Newcomb (National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response), Tom Clareson (Performing Arts Readiness project) and Carol Foster (International Association of Blacks in Dance) discuss the “who’s, what’s and how’s” of successful responses to the pandemic and provide information, tools, and best practices to demonstrate “why” arts leaders need to build their organization’s resilience to future crises and changing environments. Topics will touch on and include examples of necessary core competencies in critical functions of management.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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Engaging Non-Arts Students In Arts Administration
Elise Kieffer
Elise Kieffer
Murray State University, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership Studies

The focus of this presentation is the emphasis on facilitating and enabling student-led learning. By its nature, this requires the educator to utilize uniquely relevant examples, case studies, and other educational tools to promote relevance and resonance for each student. The old models of teaching all students the same do not work with this population of students. This presentation provides specific strategies for promoting student-led learning.

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Adaptive Impact Planning: Towards a New Model of Strategic Planning For Rapidly Changing Times
Bridget Woodbury
Bridget Woodbury
Creative Generation, Director, Communications & Engagement
Jeff M Poulin
Jeff M Poulin
Creative Generation, Managing Director

Anecdotal evidence suggests that organizational planning that focuses on an organization’s impact within its community is more likely to result in programming that successfully meets its mission and serves its stakeholders, avoiding mission creep. Unlike a traditional strategic plan alone, the Adaptive Impact Plan (AIP) — developed by Bridget Woodbury, Director of Communications and Engagement at Creative Generation, as part of her Master's Thesis in 2015 — centers around the mission, and uses information collected from stakeholders to answer the question "what now?" whether you're faced with a $100 million dollar donation or a global pandemic.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

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Career Impacts of the Pandemic: A Longitudinal Study
Douglas DeNatale
Douglas DeNatale
Boston University, Associate Professor of the Practice / Program Director, Boston University Arts Administration Program

Drawing from an ongoing longitudinal study of career outcomes for arts managers in Greater Boston following the Covid-19 pandemic, this paper will outline preliminary findings at a point two years from the outset of the pandemic. In collaboration with ArtsBoston, the Boston University Arts Administration Program is examining individual arts professionals' career outcomes immediately after and over the course of the region's recovery. From a large sample drawn from over 900 nonprofit arts organizations in greater Boston, the study traces the subsequent career trajectories of individual arts managers who were employed by these organizations in February 2020.

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A Tale of Two Productions: Adapting Pedagogy for Experiential Courses
Shannon Lacek
Shannon Lacek
Drexel University, Assistant Teaching Professor

This session is a case study of two very different quarters of the same course, one fully remote synchronous and one in-person in the same year. Producing for Live Entertainment is an experience-based course designed to familiarize students with all aspects of producing a live entertainment event. But what happens when experiential courses that require extensive planning and hands on training are forced to become remote? How did students react, participate, and thrive similarly or differently in both situations? While the pandemic may end, what lessons from these pivots will inform the pedagogy of experiential learning going forward?

Friday, May 27, 2022

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Leveraging General Education Courses in Arts Management & Administration Undergraduate Programs
Susan Badger Booth
Susan Badger Booth
Eastern Michigan University, Professor & Program Director
Jeremy Peters
Jeremy Peters
Wayne State University, Assistant Professor of Music
Alain Zedrick Camiling
Alain Zedrick Camiling
De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde, Chair of the Arts Management Program
Robert Wildman
Robert Wildman
Withrop University, Associate Professor
Ursula Kuhar
Ursula Kuhar
Indiana University

Cash cow or knowledge bearer? How are General Education courses integrated in and impacting our programs? Are we designing courses to attract new students, share unique field knowledge to the broader campus community, or some combination? How are we competing with other general education arts offerings? Come join us around this emerging research topic and share your own stories about general education at your own institution.

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Opportunity amidst a crisis
Victoria Steele
Victoria Steele
University of New Brunswick, Content Developer and Instructor, Contemporary Arts and Cultural Management Certificate
Richard Hornsby
Richard Hornsby
University of New Brunswick, Director, Centre for Musical Arts

Learn how this Canadian university designed and launched the first cultural management program in the Atlantic region during the COVID era, fully online with contemporary new experiential content for emerging administrators.  This timing allowed the program leadership to design the certificate from a clean slate allowing for creativity, new methodology, and inclusion of new contemporary content relevant to issues faced by the arts and culture sector in that region in 2021-22 (Covid recovery, digital realities, indigenous and IBPOC priority, changing business models and revenue generation, changing nature of work).   After the presentation, the team will invite feedback and input from those in attendance as it prepares to evaluate the first year and make refinements for the second year.