Arts Administration

  • MET AR 510: Arts Leaders Forum
    The "Arts Leaders Forum" consists of a series of conversations with arts leaders, including entrepreneurs, community leaders and established industry experts. Each week guests will share their experiences with the class. In addition to guest speakers, students will focus on leadership skills and exercises through readings and cases. The goal of this course is to give students insight into the pressing issues of managing arts organizations, to gain leadership skills and to provide insight into career options. 4 cr. 2nd sem.
  • MET AR 550: Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
    An introductory course that examines ways to raise funds from government, foundation, corporate, and individual sources. The following topics will be addressed through lectures and case analysis: the history of philanthropy, the planning and research process, proposal and grant preparation, program evaluation, and the role of the board and staff in developing effective fundraising strategies.
  • MET AR 650: Writing for the Arts
    Arts professionals straddle two worlds, the world of the artist and the world of the manager. As artists, their job entails challenging the world; as managers, they must accommodate it. This course gives students the opportunity to understand and develop editorial materials such as catalogs and books within the multiplicity of physical and online art settings. The students will engage with publishers and experts in the field, while also practicing with regular managerial processes, editorial work, writing, and critique assignments.
  • MET AR 690: The Art World
    An examination of the arts institutions, issues, and forces that shape the contemporary art world. Topics include government, cultural policy, National Endowment for the Arts, museums, symphonies, curators, critics, artists' rights, public art, corporate support, censorship, and feminism and multiculturalism. Usually taken as a first course. Non-Arts Administration students contact the Arts Admin Dept, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
  • MET AR 700: Leadership and Career Development for Arts Administrators
    This course will cover both the theory and practice of effective leadership and career development in the arts. Topics will include negotiation and presentation skills, decision-making, consensus building, management styles, self-assessments, mock interviews, resume and cover letter strategies, and networking skills. Assignments will include experiential exercises, case studies, interviewing of leaders, public speaking, resume, cover letter, and mock interviews.
  • MET AR 711: Capital Campaigns
    This course is designed to broaden the student?s understanding of capital campaign fundraising. Topics include: feasibility studies; strategic planning and budgeting; private and public phases; ethical responsibilities; staff, donor, volunteer, board, and trustee management; major gift solicitation; campaign communications; trend analysis; and evaluation. The course curriculum will include readings, case studies, guest speakers, and analysis of current capital campaign projects.
  • MET AR 720: Marketing and Audience Development for the Arts
    This course is designed to provide fundamental background in the theory and principles of arts marketing and audience development used by nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations. Case analysis will be employed to review strategies and practices currently used in the cultural sector. Students will be expected to develop their own marketing plans for an arts organization.
  • MET AR 722: Educational Programming in Cultural Institutions
    Course will review the history, theory, and practice of educational programming and audience engagement in both museums and performing arts organizations. Emphasis will be on analysis of program design, implementation, and evaluation; teacher training, and creation of youth and adult learning programs.
  • MET AR 723: Individual Fundraising
    This course will address the full range of issues related to attracting financial support from individuals. Topics will include: raising dollars annually for operations, raising funds through special events (fundraisers), cultivating and soliciting major gifts, and the basics of bequests and estate planning as well as ethical issues and working effectively with donors and volunteers. Course work will include readings, case studies, and guest speakers.
  • MET AR 730: Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts
    Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts will address the politics of arts and culture through seminars with political and cultural leaders, class discussion, readings, and research. Students will develop advocacy campaign plans and analyze how cultural organizations interact with all levels of government.
  • MET AR 740: Technology and Arts Administration
    The ever-evolving nature of computer technology presents opportunities and challenges in the work of arts administrators. This course will examine a range of technologies employed by arts organizations to improve their practice and extend their reach, including customer relations management, fundraising, collaboration management, ticketing, project management, and social media management. Students will examine emerging products and trends, interact with technology providers, engage in hands-on trials, and develop technology plans for specific organization scenarios.
  • MET AR 749: Research and Program Evaluation in Arts Administration
    This course is designed to equip students with the tools and critical thinking skills to identify and apply appropriate methodologies to support the work of their organizations as practitioners and consumers of research. We will review the major approaches to social science research, including a range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies, and consider the relevance of each research framework to specific questions in the arts. The course will consider the role of arts research in domains such as audience development and marketing; program evaluation and assessment; social and economic impact; decision-making and reflective practice; collaboration and creation; case making and communication with the public.
  • MET AR 750: Financial Management for Nonprofits
    Analyzes issues of accounting, finance, and economics in the context of the not-for-profit organization. Stresses understanding financial statements, budget planning and control, cash flow analysis, and long term planning.
  • MET AR 766: Arts and the Community
    An analysis of issues that involve the engagement of cultural institutions with their immediate community. Includes examination of local arts centers, local arts councils, arts service organizations, agency/government relations, urban issues, multiculturalism, and festivals.
  • MET AR 771: Managing Performing Arts Organizations
    Graduate Prerequisites: MET AR 690
    A review of topics essential for successful management of performing arts organizations.Examination of both facilities management and company management. Studies include organizational structure, trustee/staff relations, marketing, audience building, fund-raising, tour management, box office management, budgeting, mailing list and membership management, human resource management and contract negotiation, performance measurement, and strategic planning.
  • MET AR 774: Managing Visual Arts Organizations
    Graduate Prerequisites: MET AR 690
    Emphasizes museums, but also includes a review of alternative spaces, commercial galleries, and auction houses. Topics include the changing role of the museum, exhibition planning, fund-raising, crisis management, audience development, and strategic planning.
  • MET AR 777: Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration
    Graduate Prerequisites: MET AR690
    Drawing on the resources of Boston University in Boston, London, and Dublin this course examines the nature of cultural policy in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the European Union from 1945 to the present. Through lectures and readings (drawn from public policy and economics), lectures by leading arts administration faculty members in Dublin and London, and visits to important international cultural venues, this course will examine the impact of cultural and national differences on the cultural policy making process.
  • MET AR 778: Legal Issues in Arts Administration
    "Arts Administration Law" is not a legal field; rather, it is a series of highly specialized legal analyses lying at the intersection of tax, intellectual property, employment, corporate law, and the law of non-profits that defines the legal status and issues of arts organizations. It is an interdisciplinary area, including all aspects of the law connected with art, artists (both performing and visual), performance and objects. Topics include: nonprofits and tax-exemption, contracts, copyright for performing and visual artists and artifacts, artists' moral rights, employment law, cultural heritage and the First Amendment. The course is taught using case studies and the case method applied to legal decisions, to which legal analytic frameworks will be applied.
  • MET AR 779: Public Art Program Administration
    A hands on project-based collaborative class that will conceptualize, plan, and execute a public art project during the semester. You will develop an understanding of the various challenges administrators face in all phases of a project, especially from the creative vantage of the artist. We will explore project funding, case study analysis of public art management, artist selection, and the unforeseen.
  • MET AR 781: Special Topics in Arts Administration
    Topic for Fall2016: Arts and Culture in Mexico, from the Revolution to the 21st century.
    Mexican cultural and aesthetic production enables a unique understanding of Mexico's history and society. Through a combination of perspectives, including auteurism, cultural studies, and genre-centered approaches, this multidisciplinary course will focus on the intermingling of high art and popular culture. Students will be exposed to major works by well-known painters, and symphonic composers. However, they will also study the expressive practices of everyday life, including telenovelas, rock music, and street art, and how these practices contribute to convey a sense of identity, as well as to reproduce (or challenge) social values and norms. Finally, the course will expose students to a transatlantic/transnational approach to Mexico's cultural and aesthetic production by studying collaborative projects among Mexican and foreign artists.