Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship (AACE)

AACE 6000. Arts and Culture Organizational Leadership. 3 Hours.

Offers an overview and introduction to leadership knowledge areas, tools, and skills sets for the arts and culture sector. Key topics include issues and challenges in the management of arts-oriented organizations, leadership characteristics and techniques for arts and culture teams, balancing organizational priorities with artistic vision and values, board formation and management, audience outreach, and operational practices. Focuses on the administration of people and processes to communicate mission; realize goals; and effectively manage the creative resources, human resources, and financial challenges of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

AACE 6010. Planning for Arts and Cultural Organizations. 3 Hours.

Offers an overview and introduction to knowledge areas and primary skills sets for planning, launching, and sustaining arts and cultural organizations. Key topics include evaluating opportunities in the arts and culture sector; building effective vision, mission, and values for arts and culture initiatives in balance with civic and community contexts; smart approaches to arts and culture funding; developing sustainable and flexible strategic plans; and planning challenges for the contemporary strategic arts organization.

AACE 6020. Experiential Study in Arts Administration. 3 Hours.

Seeks to provide students with a rigorous academic framework in which to undertake an experiential learning project in the arts and cultural sector. Students receive coaching from the faculty instructor to cultivate professional skill sets, build competency around key areas of student interest, and bridge theory with practice. Students will receive feedback from their project sponsor, review “lessons learned,” and incorporate suggestions to improve and further develop their career plans. Offers students an opportunity to learn best practices in arts project management, including how to assess and scope a project, develop a timeline with clear action items and goals, relay needs and expectations to clients, research materials to assist in the process, as well as measuring and delivering project results. Seeks to benefit students with a curriculum that supports the development of business communication skills, project and client management skills, and frameworks for analysis. Prereq. Not open to business students.

AACE 6110. Information Technology for Arts and Cultural Organizations. 3 Hours.

Management in arts and cultural organizations increasingly involves decisions about technology, yet many leaders and managers feel intimidated by technical experts. The backgrounds of these leaders are typically arts-based rather than technical, and even a technical background can be eclipsed by rapid changes in technologies. This course seeks to provide nontechnical students with a clear and current understanding of key information technology (IT) concepts set in the context of arts and cultural organizations and to empower them to make decisions that map technology to strategy. Offers students an opportunity to identify technical terms, stakeholders, and issues; to evaluate IT challenges; to apply best-practice frameworks; and to identify business needs and compare technical solutions in order to minimize cost and maximize strategic alignment. Combines readings, casework, video lectures, screencasts, guest videos and a hands-on approach to researching solutions and leading change. Includes both group and individual deliverables that students will synthesize to create and present a final project. Prereq. Not open to business students.

AACE 6200. Programming and Community Engagement for Cultural Entrepreneurs. 3 Hours.

How do cultural entrepreneurs turn new ideas into concrete initiatives? How do they communicate with and learn from their audiences and communities to assess and evaluate the implementation of cultural endeavors? This course examines the role and tools of the cultural entrepreneur and investigates practical and tactical approaches centered around real-world examples. Offers students an opportunity to create their own cultural initiative from the ground up. Through modules covering mission and vision, program evaluation, community engagement, and basic resource management, the successful student should finish the course with a real project “in a box,” ready to launch. Prereq. Not open to business students.