International Arts Policy as part of Arts Administration

Release date: September 02, 2011

To ensure that graduates from Goucher's Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA) program are prepared to work with artists and arts organizations around the world, the program has developed a new course, International Arts Policy (AAD 627).  The course examines arts policies around the world from three primary perspectives --       1) politics, 2) economics, and 3) cultural heritage. 

Taught by Libby Lai-Bun Chiu, the course began during the 2011 MAAA residency on campus in August. Students examined arts policies in countries of Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, and Australia in order to prepare themselves to work in our global economy and to explore different ways of thinking, connecting, and working in arts administration in the 21st century. The course is focused on the examination of current and historical factors (political, economic and cultural) that influence cultural policies and political agendas.

A variety of international guest lecturers met with the class including Anita Chan, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.  Ms. Chan spoke about Hong Kong's development as a cultural hub and of the Hong Kong government's cultural policy and investments in the arts, including the recently launched Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme.

Other guest speakers from around the world included Narimon Safavi.  Mr. Safavi spoke about the economic, political and cultural issues related to the arts in Europe and the Middle East with an emphasis on his experiences in Spain and Iran.  Amanda Lichtenstein, from the State University of Zanzibar, spoke about the arts policies from her perspective in Africa. 

The MAAA's new International Arts Policy course is the first of its kind to be integrated into the required curricula of a masters program in arts administration in the US. The course is also in keeping with the Strategic Plan of Goucher College, which includes an emphasis on global awareness and the belief that academic inquiry and intellectual endeavors should have a global context.