There is one constant around the world: change. Social and political upheaval dots the international landscape as a new generation demands equality, inclusion, access, and action on a number of issues ranging from the climate and politics to the environment. The arts are no exception. Mediums and forms are changing, artists are demanding fair wages, and institutions are being challenged.
In times like these, the arts need people that can help inform the role of art and ensure its sustainability. They need managers that know the power of persuasion, data collecting and analysis, and design to market, finance, and advocate effectively for their cause. Equally important, they need to understand the pressures and cultural systems to be negotiated in order to be successful.
UB’s Arts Management program prepares you for this work. You will take courses in business and law; cultural theory as a foundation to understand changes in local, national, and international art landscapes; and finish with hands-on, experiential practice with existing arts entities and institutions.
Going back to the program’s strength - a balance of theory and practice - I was well prepared to work in an organizational setting as well as an academic setting.
-Dan Shanahan (2011)