Each semester, the department invites industry professionals to present and engage our students in local, national, and international practices within various fields of the Arts Management discipline.
The Program started 2019-2020 with a one-day excursion to Cleveland to explore the aftermath of its recent urban renewal. In a series of discussions with art managers, we investigated what effects ideologies and phrases – such as “creative class” and “rustbelt chic” – have had on the practice of arts management in the city. Have ideas about art and creativity as promoters of economic growth and stimulators of urban renewal reached their promise? Has the arts sector in Cleveland benefited from policies related to urban renewal and creative economy and in what way? But perhaps most pointedly, we were able to investigate who in the arts sector has benefited from urban renewal policies and processes and who has not?
Visits included: Arts Cleveland, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Apollo's Fire, Cleveland Museum of Art, and SPACES.
UB Arts Management students will attend this one-day conference along with WNY arts management professionals to participate in talks on industry best practices including fundraising, audience retention and attraction strategies, grant writing, advocacy, and using institutional values to center DEI in arts organizations.
UB Arts Management students will join the Arts Collaboratory for a screening and artists brunch around "Live Your Art." A collaborative filmmaking experiment, “Live Your Art,” documents the experience of living and working in Buffalo as an artist. Bringing together four diverse UB artists, the short film is a celebration of creativity across the disciplines. The production team, led by UB filmmaker Mani Mehrvarz, takes cameras into spaces where art is made, and then leads viewers out into the city on a search for sources of inspiration, collaboration and community. Visit the Center for the Arts webpage for more information.
The UB Arts Management program will gather informally for conversation and a tour of downtown Buffalo before attending the Buffalo Humanities Festival debate “Democracy and the Legacy of Racism” at Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo) at 6:30 PM. The debate features historian Ibram X. Kendi and the researcher, journalist and artist Chenjerai Kumanyika and centers on issues of American racism and its connection to ideas of American democracy. More information on the debate can be found at the Buffalo Humanities Festival website.
In the 21st century, data is king. But not all data is created equal. Christy Francis (Founding Member, Fresh Batch Insights) will engage students in workshops that take data past numbers, giving students the tools to bolster data with the human-focused elements of qualitative research. In this method, consumers are studied as part of a dynamic society instead of a collection of static data points, creating a more flexible and collaborative research strategy designed to help listen, not tell. She will then demonstrate how these strategies can be turned into action points to develop an arts organization.
Once organizations have good data, how do they employ it to ensure the right message is getting to the right audience? Program alum Pamela Martin (Digital Content Manager, Albright Knox Art Gallery) will explore with students how data drives content decisions on websites and social media platforms.
Labor issues and rights have become a hot topic in arts organizations. Recent events at the New Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, MoMA PS1, and the Guggenheim point to the increasing acrimony over pay scales at prominent arts organizations. Nicole Cohen (Associate Professor, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga) and Kaitlyn Chandler (Motion Designer and Video Editor, Brooklyn Academy of Music) will discuss this phenomenon and the impact it will have on future arts institution models.
During Art in the Open, UB opens our studio, rehearsal space, and classroom doors to bring the creativity out into the open. The work of artists from UB College of Arts and Sciences will be showcased, and the CFA atrium will host a series of performances curated and produced by students and faculty from our arts departments. For more information, visit the UB Center for the Arts webpage.
Despite laws and acts signed by United States Congress, racism exists in the US. As the United States confronts and unpacks the history of racism, it must acknowledge and untangle the systems and perspectives born out of this viewpoint. Arts institutions are not exempt. William Flood (Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University) will tackle issues of race in the US theatre and the ways in which future arts managers might contribute to disrupting and dismantling systems of racial inequity that are so pervasive in the arts.