Arts and Culture Leadership

Arts and cultural organizations - including museums, theatres, dance companies, music ensembles, and opera companies - face issues that are unique among nonprofits. This essential sector needs  informed, strategic leadership to help organizations adapt and thrive.

Visitor-facing nonprofit arts organizations face a competitive market with for-profit entertainment entities and shifting audience expectations, while funders now expect arts organizations to serve diverse audiences and address community issues and social concerns. How can arts and cultural leaders ensure their organizations are accessible and welcoming to all - from members to cultural tourists to underserved populations in the region?

This nine-unit specialization provides an opportunity to closely examine complex issues in leadership in the arts and culture sector.  Cultural leaders who participate in all three courses will become knowledgeable in addressing the challenges related to audience, private-sector competition, engagement, advocacy, facilities and more.

Current students in the MA in Nonprofit program may pursue this specialization as part of their MA program.  Nonprofit leaders are encouraged to participate through our paid workshops. This three course sequence is currently awaiting final approval to be offered as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

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