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Arts Management 


The minor in Arts Management is an interdisciplinary program that builds expertise in organizational governance, administration and management. It focuses on the unique challenges facing arts institutions, and is designed to complement majors in artistic, advocacy and educational endeavors. 
Arts organizations are increasing management expertise and the Arts Management Minor provides a basis for that expertise.


  • To provide entry level skills in Marketing Management for arts organizations
  • To provide Management and Leadership skills for those who would lead arts organization
  • To recognize the unique challenges of managing nonprofit organizations

Department Facilities

The departments of Art; Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and Theatre share a renovated century-old building, McMichael Academic Hall. In addition to faculty offices, McMichael features studios for painting, ceramics, sculpture, welding and graphic design and is close to performance facilities in Music and Theatre. The building also houses a foundry for turning molten metals into objet d’art.

What Could I Do With a Minor in Arts Management?

"Artist types" may not be seen as credible by "business types" because they lack a focus in areas like marketing, economics and management. "Business types" may not be seen as credible by "artist types" because they lack experience and understanding of the arts.

The goal of the minor in Arts Management is to create individuals who can understand both art and the business to effectively work in arts organizations.

Arts Management Compliments Majors In:

Art, Music, Theatre – create additional employment options

  • work for arts organizations
  • more effectively manage your entrepreneurial career
  • demonstrate knowledge of nonprofit organizations

Public Relations – apply PR skillset to arts (and nonprofit organizations)

Business Administration – present additional applied skills in layout and design and marketing management

Education – demonstrate useful leadership and design skills for your school

Why Should You Study Arts Management?

  • Brilliant art requires brilliant managers
  • Someone needs to manage art museums, symphonies, theatres, arts agencies—let it be those who know both art and business
  • If you have strong oral and written communication skills and a passion for artistic creation and production, this minor may be for you.