What We Do

The UB Arts Management Program is more than coursework, it is experiential.  We bring students out of the classroom to engage critical arts management questions in a real world context.  The Arts Management Program fee helps subsidize these extensive offerings.

Adjunct Professor Andy Finch.

The term ‘Advocacy’ designates the sets of skills necessary for an arts manager to publically support and recommend on behalf for her or his area in the formation of cultural policy. Advocacy is now viewed as an essential qualification for the high-level arts management professional. Changing socioeconomic and political landscapes alter government policies which in turn effect the day to day management of the arts. 

Students of AAP518 visit the Buffalo History Museum.

Each semester, the program invites industry professionals to address and workshop with our students in the academic setting.  We strive to provide a diverse offering of guests, both in origin and scope of work, to help our students think outside their cultural and professional norms in experiencing, developing, producing, and managing the arts.

Why Manage the Arts?

As a Program interested in theory and praxis, the Program has published collections of essays organized around themes of inquiry.  Contributors range from practicing arts managers, distinguished faculty and scholars, and students from the Program. 

SAT workshop.

In keeping with the Program’s commitment to integrate practice with theoretical perspectives, we arrange a series of site visits each semester. During these site visits, students tour a variety of arts institutions and interact with producers, curators, artists, and industry professionals.

Volksbruhne Theater, Berlin Mitte.

Globalization has impacted business practices across all possible markets. Goods and services circulate world-wide, and the arts – in all of its various forms – are no exception. While the UB Arts Management program has an international scope, our summer school takes students out of the classroom and immerses them abroad in order to witness how art is managed within alternative contexts and cultural systems.