Jonathan Katz and Robert Lynch Join Faculty for Summer/Fall 2011 Semester

Release date: August 25, 2011

The Master of Arts in Arts Administration program is pleased to announce that Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and Jonathan Katz, Chief Executive Officer of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, have joined the MAAA faculty to teach Public Policy for the Arts (AAD 617) during the Summer/Fall 2011 semester at Goucher.

Among the most influential leaders in the area of public policy and the arts, Robert and Jonathan co-taught the on-campus residency portion of the course this summer and will continue to work with students on their individual public policy projects throughout the fall semester. 

Public Policy for the Arts is a course that examines governmental policies and the arts at the national, regional, state, and local levels. This includes the history of public arts policy as well as current policies and practices throughout the country. Given the rapidly changing political and economic environment over the past few months, students benefited greatly from the experience and observations of these two new faculty members. 

Robert and Jonathan also brought several guest speakers to the campus to help them provide their students with the broadest perspectives on the history of the arts and arts policy, and the historical impact of arts organizations and leaders. The class discussed advocacy and the current political environment. They also examined the arts at the national, state and locals levels in terms of funding, arts education, economic development, perceived public value, and artistic enrichment.

Robert Lynch is the president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, the largest national arts organization in the country dedicated to advancing the arts and arts education in people's lives, schools, and communities.  He also serves on the board of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, the Arts Extension Institute, United Voices for Education, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

For more than 20 years, Jonathan Katz has guided the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the association through which the nation's 56 state arts agencies share knowledge and strategic thinking, develop leadership and professionalism, and advocate the value of the arts and culture.  He is a cofounder of the Arts Education Partnership, established by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education to be the nation's forum for the advancement of arts education.