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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.
Offered: Fall
4 credit course
Michael Ibrahim

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, feminism and multiculturalism. Usually taken as a first course. Stamped Approval for non-arts administration students
Offered: Fall, Spring
4 credit course
Richard Maloney

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 acquire the ability to develop a marketing plan for an arts organization.
Offered: Fall
4 credit course
Steven Roth

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.
Offered: Fall, Spring
4 credit course
David Orlinoff

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.
Offered: Summer
4 credit course
Lauren O'Neil

MET AR 771 Managing Performing Arts Organizations
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, fundraising, tour management, box office management, budgeting, mailing list and membership management, human resource management and contract negotiation, performance measurement, and strategic planning.
Prerequisite: MET AR 690. Offered: Spring
4 credit course
Richard Maloney

MET AR 774 Managing Visual Arts Organizations
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, fundraising, crisis management, audience development, and strategic planning.
Prerequisite: MET AR 690.
Offered: Spring
4 credit course
Katherine French

MET AR 778 Legal Issues in Arts Administration
Analysis of legal implications of managing an arts institution. Topics include nonprofits and tax-exempt structure, contracts, copyright for performing and visual artists, artists' moral rights legislation, royalties and artists' economic rights, international movement of art (duties and immigration restrictions) and artists, nonprofit incorporation, and tax-exempt status for organizations.
Offered: Fall, Spring
4 credit course
Peter Caruso

MET AR 779 Public Art Program Administration
An overview of public art programs in the United States and of related management issues. Includes government-sponsored funds for art and other funding systems; and working with federal, state, and local governments, artists, architects, and community groups in artist selection, site preparation and long-term maintenance.
Offered: Fall
4 credit course
Ross Miller & Jeff Terrey

MET AR 781 Special Topics in Arts Administration
Various course topics to be selected by program faculty to respond to current issues in the field of arts administration.
4 credit course
Offered: TBD

MET AR 787 The Arts in Barcelona
Offered between semesters this course will be taught in Barcelona, Spain in English. Topics include cultural policy, museum systems, financing the arts in Barcelona, European copyright issues and the theater and music institutional framework and support system. Classroom and on site cultural institution visits with professionals in the field.
Offered: Spring Break 2009
4 credit course
Daniel Ranalli

Boston University

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