Elective Courses in M.A.A.A.

AAD 619.   Cultural Ecosystem: The Arts in Community (3)

This course examines the manner in which artists and arts organizations build community, and function within and support their communities. Topics include: the historical context of arts in our communities, changing demographics and their impact on artists and audiences, the integration of multiple cultures into arts policy, and programs, understanding cultural democracy, using the arts in the development of community identity, the arts and economic development, and community cultural planning.

AAD 630. Managing Performing Arts Organizations (3)

This course examines the particular challenges related to theatre, music, and dance organizations as well as those involved in presenting performances and in management of performing arts venues. Course topics include contractual agreements, cooperative ventures between organizations, and managing organizations in transition. Organizational needs are considered from various points of view  (staff, artists, board, patrons, funders, etc.). Issues are examined through a case study approach.
Instructor: Sara R. Leonard

AAD 631. Managing Visual Arts Organizations (3)

This course dissects and examines the myriad challenges facing the director of an art museum, nonprofit art gallery or alternative space. Topics will include ethical issues, board governance, the pros and cons of facility expansion, provenance issues, fundraising strategies and their "Catch-22" components, audience development, media communication, managing controversy and change, the organization's role as educator, collaborative ventures, the critical investment in exhibitions, collecting and deaccessioning, and working with contemporary artists.
Instructor: Chase Rynd

AAD 634. Planning and Managing New Ventures/Entrepreneurship in the Arts (3)

This course is designed to provide the student with insights into setting up a new artistic venture or re-designing an existing program. Students will explore creating a concept, vision and mission; the life cycles of a non-profit, leadership issues; building support in the larger community; developing financial viability on many levels; public relations, marketing, outreach and audience development.
Instructor: Terence McFarland

AAD 636. Arts in Education (3)

This course will study the various arts education methodologies practiced in the classroom, explore models of best practices in different settings in urban and rural schools, discuss the role of the arts in academic learning, and examine public support for arts in education and advocacy for such support.  Students will survey their own communities and professional backgrounds to build a context for their understanding of the coursework, discuss assigned readings and issues in arts education, and practice resolution of real-life situations in arts instruction, seeking public support, and developing advocacy strategies to ensure the permanence of arts in the core curriculum of all schools. 
Instructor: Camille Schenkkan

AAD 635. Topics in Arts Administration (1.5)

This course provides the opportunity for students to examine in depth 2 - 3 current topics in Arts Administration during a semester. Students will work individually and together to examine research and case studies, explore different perspectives, possibly interview those directly involved, and discuss the political, social, and economic impact of current events in the arts. Examples of potential topics include Nonprofit Board Development, Financial Gift Acceptance Policies, Sexual Harassment, Crisis Management, Developing Organizational DEI Policies, Building and Sustaining Wellness in the Workplace. 

AAD 637. Directed Reading in Arts Administration (1.5)

Directed Reading can be designed by a student on an individual basis to broaden the student's knowledge in a particular area of arts administration.  Students interested in taking this course must have the prior approval of the director, an outlined bibliography, and a faculty member who has agreed to advise their work. 

AAD 640. Art and Activism for Social Justice (1.5)

This course examines ways that the work of artists reflects the social and political issues of their day. Art can convey strong emotions, raise awareness, affect change, and lift up the voices of those who may be marginalized. This course will examine the performing and visual arts and the artists who have inspired movements, founded organizations, altered perceptions, changed laws, and kept histories alive. 
Instructor: Anthony Montenieri

AAD 641: Launching Graduate School (1.5)

This course will focus on ensuring that all new students have the information and skills they need to be most successful in our M.A.A.A. program. This course will include Using Technology; Time Management; Writing, Reading, and Research; Using Library Services; and Understanding Yourself and Working with others (a Myers Briggs approach). It is designed to be completed before students begin their other courses.  
Instructor: Ramona Baker