Arts Management

For students interested in the performing arts, museums, historic properties and cultural institutions — including such organizations as theater, dance and opera companies, musical ensembles and art galleries — the arts management program provides beneficial instruction for career preparation and leadership training, as well as methods and theory of arts management. Topics covered in the curriculum include:

  • Arts programming
  • Fundraising and development
  • Grant writing
  • Audience development
  • Volunteer and board relations
  • Special events
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Box office management
  • Arts education, outreach and community engagement
  • Arts policy and advocacy
  • Ethics

Great emphasis is placed on field experiences and experiential learning, such as internships, practica, and directed/independent studies. In the past, our students have worked at premier arts organizations such as:

  • The National Gallery of Art
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Contemporary American Theater Company
  • Pacific School of Dance
  • Sotheby's
  • Christie's
  • Center Stage
  • American Dance Festival
  • Atlanta Opera Company
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
  • The Lost Colony
  • Endstation Theatre Company
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • The Castleton Festival

The arts management certificate is offered to accompany majors in art history, dance, theater, studio art, music, anthropology, archaeology, history, modern languages and literature, and classical studies. Additionally, students majoring in business, government and biology also pursue the ARMG certificate. All students are welcome.