Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Network

Connecting emerging arts managers with skill-building and leadership development resources.

The Next Generation of Arts Leaders

Since the world didn’t end today (yeah!), we thought it was time to look forward. Katherine Schouten from the Masters of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University is our guest blogger today. Pittsburgh is blessed to have such a fantastic program to train the next generation of, well, us! Here’s more about what she has to say about the program and the exciting things they are bringing to Pittsburgh’s art scene:

Final exams are done. Grades are all submitted. Students have dispersed to home towns and countries for the winter holidays. Hamburg Hall is conspicuously quiet. The fall semester of the Master of Arts Management (MAM) program at Carnegie Mellon University has reached its end, giving faculty and students alike a chance to relax and reflect on what has been, for all, several eventful months.

August saw the introduction of the 25th incoming class to the MAM program. As an academic discipline, arts management is still a relatively young field, so that the MAM program is celebrating its silver anniversary is a major milestone indeed. Only a handful of programs in the country are older, and only the MAM program at CMU combines rigorous quantitative training, managerial skills, and practical experience to prepare its graduate students to serve in this nation’s next generation of nonprofit leaders. Those new to the program (myself included) learned to flex analytical muscles around a host of current challenges and trends in the arts industry, a practice that will be deepened in coming courses. Those in the second year of the program undertook in-depth systems projects, working with regional clients to tackle an issue specific to their organization, and most importantly, to propose a solution.

Together we listened to esteemed professionals as part of the monthly MAM Speaker Series, including Terre Jones, CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Rick Lester, Founder & CEO of TRG Arts. And in collaboration with MAM alumni, faculty, Pittsburgh-area arts managers, and keynote speaker Doug McLennan (Founder & Editor of ArtsJournal), we launched the first annual Symposium on Arts Management and Innovation. The day-long event explored questions of audience and community engagement, technological innovations, communications strategies, and artist contracts.

Integral to the MAM program are the remarkable relationships we are privileged to have with Pittsburgh’s robust cultural community. As we look ahead to 2013, we endeavor to connect with more of our fellow emerging arts leaders in Pittsburgh and beyond. To that end, we invite all PEAL participants to join the MAM program at future MAM Speaker Series events (next up: Max Wagner, January 18); watch videos of this year’s Symposium panels; save the date for the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Pre-Conference in June; and follow us on Twitter (@CMU_MAM). Our hope is that by intermingling the knowledge, experiences, resources, and insights among us, we will all be better equipped to boldly and creatively lead.

To register for Max Wagner’s lecture on January 18 or for future speakers, visit Heinz College Events.

Are you, an intern, or colleague are interested in furthering your arts management education? Applications for the 2013–2013 academic year are due on January 10. For more information, see Heinz College Application Process.



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