Arts Management students walk through a performance space located in a home in Detroit.

UB Arts Management students in Detroit.

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. 

Upcoming Fall 2022 Events

We encourage interested visitors to RSVP with Assistant Director Kevin Leary ( to ensure sufficient seating at lecture events.  All campus visitors should be prepared to follow UB's Health and Safety Guidelines.

November 14: Warts and All - Professionals reflect upon the study of Arts Management and its role today

6:00pm - 7:30pm (EST), 144 Center for the Arts or Zoom (register at

In this conversation with successful Arts Managers from the US, Hong Kong and Australia we will ask the question: Do students benefit more from processes of inquiry or is it practice which shapes their ability to be successful in the field?  What balance might the future require?  

The panelists will engage with these questions reflecting upon which aspects of their formal education have best served them in their professional lives.  Ruth Bereson (Founding Director and Affiliated Professor, UB Arts Management Program) is joined by Daniel Gallant (Founder, Theoria Foundation), Dan Shanahan (co-founder and Artistic Director, Torn Space Theater; Assistant Professor, Daemen College), Sally Basser (former Executive Director of Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts in Australia), Shirley Levy (Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs), and Tisa Ho (Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Festival).

Seminar generously sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Arts Management Program, and the James Agee Chair in American Culture.

Speaker Information

Professor Ruth Bereson is the Founding Director of the UB Arts Management Program and returns as an Affiliated Professor.   In 2022, she partnered with Sally Basser to launch Cultural Conundrums, an arts management and leadership development consultancy service.
She has an extensive international career most recently in the Arts, Education and Law Group at Griffith University, Australia where she held the positions of Dean (Academic) and subsequently Dean Engagement, Creative Arts. She has also served as Dean, Faculty for the Creative Industries at Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Associate Director of The Arts Administration, TC Columbia University NY, and The National University of Singapore.

Her professional experience extends to the profit and not for-profit sectors as General Manager of the Central and Northern Queensland Theatre Company, the first Australian regional touring musical theatre company serving Far North Queensland; Logistics Manager of the Fifth Festival of Pacific Arts, Townsville; and Coordinator of Continuum ‘85 an international visual arts exhibition and artist exchange between Australia and Japan.  

Professor Bereson holds a PhD from the City University London. Her research focuses on arts management, cultural policy, and cultural diplomacy, investigating the relationship between governmental policies and their effects on the arts internationally and over time. She also contributes to the field through a wide range of books and chapters, edited volumes and articles on Arts Management, Cultural Policy and diplomacy, festival development and international collaborations, invited lectures, seminars, and consultancies with cultural agencies and government departments.  

Daniel Gallant is a writer and  theatrical producer, as well as a lecturer and consultant in the fields of digital communications and arts marketing. He created the Theoria Foundation (a multi-arts presenting and residency organization that operates at the intersection of creativity and sustainability), and serves as a board member of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a renowned multi-arts venue located in Manhattan's east village, where he served as Executive Director for 13 years. He also supervises arts marketing campaigns for the U.S. State Department and the Japanese government. He was the recipient of an Eisenhower Fellowship, as well as fellowships from National Arts Strategies and the Devos Institute, and he recently completed a Fulbright Specialist fellowship in Portugal. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, the Daily News, the New York Post, Vintage Books and other publications. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Adweek, Crains New York, Inc., and New York Magazine, as well as on MTV, PBS, NBC, ABC, NPR and other networks. He has lectured and consulted about arts marketing for corporate, non-profit and educational organizations including the Kennedy Center, PEN World Voices Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chase, Banff Arts Centre, Google, the 92nd Street Y, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Opera America, Fourth Arts Block, The Field, Columbia University and many more. 

Dan Shanahan is co-founder and Artistic Director of Torn Space Theater (2001); a company specializing in contemporary and site-based performance. Mr. Shanahan holds the position of Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurism at Daemen University where he recently helped launch the Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts program. He has directed over 40 works for the stage and nontraditional performance spaces and is currently focused on how cultural initiatives are supportive of neighborhood revitalization. The Atlantic referred to his work “as a powerful example of the artist's role in reactivating and imagining new public spaces." His work has been written about nationally in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art and Chance Magazine and his site-based work represented the US at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019 and upcoming in 2023.

Sally Basser is a consultant and board director with a deep interest in the arts and cultural sector. In 2022, Sally and Professor Ruth Bereson launched Cultural Conundrums an arts management and leadership development consultancy service. From 2007 to 2017 Sally was head of the Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts in Australia. In this role, she had oversight of a portfolio budget of around $680m per annum. During her career, Sally also had the opportunity to represent the Australian Government at a range of UNESCO intergovernmental meetings including: the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions; and Arts and Education.  Sally also works as a consultant with the NFP sector with a particular focus on working with NFP boards and CEOs on board effectiveness, governance, organisational change and strategic planning. Sally is a board member of the Bell Shakespeare Company, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Art Gallery of Ballarat. 

Shirley Levy.  As Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), Shirley is part of the small leadership team that oversees the largest municipal funder for arts and culture in the U.S. She helps shape policy and directs projects that expand opportunities for cultural organizations and individual artists to thrive in New York City.  Shirley oversees the agency’s Capital, Public Art, and Materials for the Arts departments, and is proud to have created and direct the NYC Public Artists in Residence (PAIR) program (2015); lead the city’s Affordable Real Estate for Artists (AREA) initiative (2016); launched the City Canvas program to permit temporary art on construction sheds and fencing (2019), and during COVID created the City Artist Corps program to provide relief funds to individual artists working in all disciplines. 

Tisa Ho.  Executive Director of the annual Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) since 2006, Tisa has doubled annual turnover and extended scale and scope of the organisation to include large scale and free events in addition to the ticketed performances by top local and international talent. She has established an annual Cultural Leadership Series in the Festival, and a new No Limits Series to foster inclusivity in the performing arts.

In addition to her tenure at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, she has extensive arts leadership experience in Singapore, was active in the ASEAN Women's Network, has served on the Board of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, has chaired the International Advisory Committee of the Tong Yeong Concert Hall (S Korea), has chaired the Board of the International Society for Performing Arts, and is on the International Advisory Committee of the Busoni-Mahler Foundation.  

She is on the International Faculty of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy and the Lisbon Consortium, Portugal and received a Merit Award from the Government of Hong Kong for services to the arts in 2022. She is recipient of the Degree of Doctor of the University from the Griffith University in Australia in 2019, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Baptist University of Hong Kong in 2022. 

November 17: Mark Shepard - There Are No Facts: Attentive Algorithms, Extractive Data Practices, and the Quantification of Everyday Life

2:30 - 4:00pm, 325 Bell Hall

There Are No Facts (MIT Press (November 8, 2022)) examines the uncommon ground we share in a post-truth world. It unpacks how attentive algorithms and extractive data practices are shaping space, influencing behavior, and colonizing everyday life. Articulating post-truth territory as an architectural and infrastructural condition, it shows how these spatial architectures of attention and data mining are in turn situated within broader histories of empiricism, objectivity, science, colonialism, and perception. These entanglements of people and data, code and space, knowledge and power are considered across scales ranging from the trans-locality of the home to the planetary extent of the COVID–19 pandemic, with stops at the corner bodega, a neighborhood for the proverbial 1%, a waterfront district in Toronto, and a national election. The book probes how these socio-technical systems bracket what we know about the world, how they construe our agency to act within it, and how they shape these spaces that, in turn, shape us.

Mark Shepard [] is an artist, architect and researcher whose work addresses contemporary entanglements of people and data, code and space, knowledge and power. His book, There Are No Facts: attentive algorithms, extractive data practices and the quantification of everyday life, is forthcoming from MIT Press (November 2022). He is an editor of the Situated Technologies Pamphlets Series (the Architectural League of New York) and editor of Sentient City: ubiquitous computing, architecture and the future of urban space (MIT Press). His work has been exhibited at museums, galleries and festivals internationally, including the Venice International Architecture Biennial; the Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; Transmediale, Berlin, Germany; and the International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam, the Netherlands, among others. Mark is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Media Study at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where he directs the Media Arts and Architecture Program (MAAP) and co-directs the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST).

November 7 - November 18: In conversation with Ruth Bereson

Past Fall 2022 events

August 25: Student Orientation

11:00am - 2:30pm, 286 Center for the Arts

Students and faculty will come together for our annual orientation activities.  Our first hour will be spent reviewing the Program Handbook and expectations for the Program.  Over lunch, a representative from the GSEU will talk with students about the manyopportunities that can be accessed through the GSA and GSEU.  And finally, our first day will conclude with an informal alum panel, with graduates Zoomed in from across the US.  Thank you to these participating alums:

  • Curtis Stedge (’11), Executive Director, LIMS/ Assistant Professor of Dance, Bard High School Early College Newark/ Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of KineoLab.
  • Joshua Myers (’12), Director of Development, The Salvation Army of Broward County
  • Emily Owen (’19), Corning Museum of Glass
  • Taylor Burrows (’21), Senior Coordinator, Gift Planning, LA Phil

August 26: Student Orientation - Buffalo Tour

9:00am - 5:30pm, Buffalo Venues

Orientation activities will continue on Friday with a tour of 4 Buffalo arts organizations to talk about the intersections of art and community.  How do arts organizations identify their communities and what is their responsibility - if any - to the populations and city areas in which they exist?

Students will begin with a tour and talk at Babeville with Anna Kapechuk (Vice President, Venue Manager) before departing to meet with Ujima Company's senior leadership team at their new home in PS 77.  After lunch, the group will visit Emily Reynolds, Founder and Director at the Buffalo Institute of Contemporary Art (BICA) and the leadership team at Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS).  The day will conclude with M&T Fourth Fridays at Tri-Main Center.

September 22: Silvia Federici

Social Reproduction Theory Lecture Series: Sponsored by The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy

3:30 - 5:00 pm, 509 O'Brian Hall (In person and Zoom)
Reception to follow 

Registration required:

Silvia Federici is one of the key figures among the group of feminists that spurred the new radical theorizing of social reproduction in the 1970s. In her keynote address, Federici will discuss the enduring relevance of social reproduction and how the theorizing of contradictions in this terrain are necessary for social movements dedicated to reorganizing everyday life and creating non-exploitative social relations.

About the Book: 

At a time when we are witnessing a worldwide expansion of capitalist relations, a feminist rethinking of Marx’s work is vitally important. In Patriarchy of the Wage, Silvia Federici, bestselling author and the most important Marxist feminist of our era, asks why Marx's crucial analysis of the exploitation of human labor was blind to women’s work and struggle on the terrain of social reproduction. Why was Marx unable to anticipate the profound transformations in the proletarian family that took place at the turn of the nineteenth century creating a new patriarchal regime? Patriarchy of the Wage does more than just redefine classical Marxism. It is an urgent call for a new kind of radical politics.

Get 25% discount with using the code: Silvia for any of Federici's title books at   

This event is also cosponsored by the UB Department of Philosophy and the Arts Management Program.

September 23: Katja Praznik - New Books New Feminist Directions

3:00 - 4:30 pm (EDT); Hybrid - 509 O'Brian Hall / Zoom

Registration Required:

Katja Praznik is the author of Art Work: Invisible Labour and the Legacy of Yugoslav Socialism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021). She teaches courses related to the political economy of the arts, cultural policy, and research in the field of arts management. Praznik holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana. Her work and research is dedicated to demystification of creativity as a form of labor and on historical and contemporary implementation of labor rights discourse and fair payment practices in the arts, cultural policy and arts management. She also focuses on the legacy of Yugoslav socialism, neoliberal destruction of the welfare state regimes as well as on issues of invisible labor and social reproduction. 

This Book Launch is part of Gender Institute's Social Reproduction Theory Lecture Series, sponsored by The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy.

About the Book: 

In Art Work, Katja Praznik counters the Western understanding of art – as a passion for self-expression and an activity done out of love, without any concern for its financial aspects – and instead builds a case for understanding art as a form of invisible labour. Focusing on the experiences of art workers and the history of labour regulation in the arts in socialist Yugoslavia, Praznik helps elucidate the contradiction at the heart of artistic production and the origins of the mystification of art as labour.

This profoundly interdisciplinary book highlights the Yugoslav socialist model of culture as the blueprint for uncovering the interconnected aesthetic and economic mechanisms at work in the exploitation of artistic labour. It also shows the historical trajectory of how policies toward art and artistic labour changed by the end of the 1980s. Calling for a fundamental rethinking of the assumptions behind Western art and exploitative labour practices across the world, Art Work will be of interest to scholars in East European studies, art theory, and cultural policy, as well as to practicing artists.

Get 25% discount on Katja's book using  the code: ArtWork25  and ordering through  University of Toronto Press.

October 3: Dan Israel

Noon – 1:15pm, CFA Screening Room

Dan Israel, Touring Manager for Jazz at Lincoln Center, will speak with students about the 101’s of touring management.  This quick crash course will keep all topics - from the booking process, negotiations, building the touring map, moving artists from place to place (or instruments!) to the financial reconciliation at the end - on the table.  

October 6: Al Heartley - “The Great Realignment - Leadership and Governance for a New Era of EDIA”

2:30 - 4:00pm, Student Union 250

The past 3 years have brought on a reckoning about how racism in the United States impacts BIPOC both personally and structurally. There are now arguably more arts leaders from traditionally marginalized backgrounds than in the last several decades.  But while there have been great successes, there are still large challenges to make BIPOC leaders feel heard, safe, and respected. This talk will explore these successes and challenges and offer thoughts on future solutions for arts leaders as organizations continue to realign and adapt to an ever changing economic, social, and political climate. 

Al Heartley (he/him/his) is Co-Founder and Principal at ALJP Consulting, a search and strategic planning firm working with arts organizations across the country. He co-founded the firm out of a call to bring equity and inclusion to hiring and planning. Clients he has served include San Diego Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Penumbra Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Pasadena Playhouse, East West Players, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Aurora Theater Company, Theatre Bay Area, American Repertory Theater, LaMaMa, Rattlestick Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, and New York Theatre Workshop.

Prior to his life as a consultant, Al was the managing director of the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University where he led the organization through the first year of the pandemic and produced programming that included virtual and hybrid offerings. He served as the Representation, Equity, and Diversity (RED) coordinator for KCACTF and has served as a panelist and responder for ASPIRE. At Yale, he was a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion working group at the School of Drama, led the Black affinity group, FOLKS, and produced and directed a workshop production by Josh Wilder. He was the recipient of the Richard Ward Scholarship and the Benjamin Mordecai Scholarship.

He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Theater Management. Al has worked for various regional theaters across the country including the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He currently teaches at Northwestern University and Florida State University. He has taught or lectured at Yale, Michigan, Syracuse, Ohio University, Shenandoah University, the Commercial Theater Institute, and the National Theater Institute. He has led sessions at conferences for Theater Communications Group and at their Fall Forum. He is currently based in his hometown of Atlanta, GA.

October 14: The Martin House & Graycliff

11:00am - 4:30pm (Buffalo and Derby, NY)

Western New York is home to two famed structures in the Frank Lloyd Wright oeuvre: The Martin House and Graycliff.  Both homes – independently – were in danger during the 1990s until benefactors recognized their architectural importance and sought to restore them.  The efforts over the next 30 years speaks to the power of stakeholders in not-for-profit governance, management, and fundraising.

Arts management students will tour both facilities and speak with Mary Roberts (Executive Director, Martin House) and Anna Kaplan (Executive Director, Graycliff) about the two estates’ history and the efforts taken to turn these two institutions into anchors of the WNY arts and cultural scene.

October 20: Laura Raicovich - "Culture Strike"

2:30 - 4:00pm, Zoom

In our current historically precarious moment, what is the role of cultural organizations and art? How might they adapt and change to the demands of these times? Is it enough? Writer and curator, Laura Raicovich, will discuss her recent book, Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest (Verso 2021) providing her personal experiences as a former museum director, art worker, and committed seeker of equity. Having led the Queens Museum for three years during the period of Trump's election and its aftermath, in addition to over 20 years of working in culture, Raicovich will delve into the structures that exist and how, in the context of ongoing, iterative institutional failures, people can remake and remodel cultural production, reality, and imagination collectively. The discussion will be lively and will invite participation. 

Laura Raicovich is a New York based writer and curator whose book, Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest was published by Verso Books in June 2021. She is currently the curator and editor of Protodispatch, a new digital publication featuring artists perspectives on transcontinental concerns, as well as a founding member of Urban Front, a collective effort to imagine and implement progressive solutions to urban challenges. She recently served as Interim Director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, and previously was Director of the Queens Museum, as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the Bellagio Center, and the Tremaine Curatorial Fellow for Journalism at Hyperallergic.

October 27: Premilla Nadasen


3:30pm - 5:00pm (EDT), 509 O'Brian Hall (in person and Zoom)

Registration required:

Premilla Nadasen is a Professor of History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Nadasen is the author of four books, most recently Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement, which is a new classic of history-from-below that reconstructs the work of mainly Black women domestic workers in the post-war period.  

About the Book:

Telling the stories of African American domestic workers, Household Workers Unite,  resurrects a little-known history of domestic worker activism in the 1960s and 1970s, offering new perspectives on race, labor, feminism, and organizing.

November 11: Daniel Gallant

11:00am – 12:00pm, 276 Center for the Arts

Strategic planning processes synthesize internal and external analysis with an aim towards pulling together a cogent plan for a future.  This simple sentence breezes over the crucial part of the transition: how do we actually get from A to B?  Daniel Gallant will discuss how the gathering of data can lead to actionable outcomes and near-term results.

Daniel Gallant is a writer and theatrical producer, as well as a lecturer and consultant in the fields of digital communications and arts marketing. He created the Theoria Foundation (a multi-arts presenting and residency organization that operates at the intersection of creativity and sustainability), and serves as a board member of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a renowned multi-arts venue located in Manhattan's east village, where he served as Executive Director for 13 years.  He has lectured and consulted about arts marketing for corporate, non-profit and educational organizations including the Kennedy Center, PEN World Voices Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chase, Banff Arts Centre, Google, the 92nd Street Y, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Opera America, Fourth Arts Block, The Field, Columbia University and many more.