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Arts Management Overview

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Arts Management Overview

Arts management is the business-oriented facet of the art world and encompasses the logistical side of non-profit arts organizations, such as museums, theatres and galleries, in order to ensure that they continue to operate. People involved in the arts management field apply their passion for the arts to their work, as they plan events, hold fundraisers, run marketing and advertising campaigns and coordinate exhibitions to ensure the continued popularity of their clients.

Arts management careers can follow several tracks, including:

  • Marketing: Those involved in marketing seek to promote their organization in various ways, through newsletters, web sites, social media campaigns, advertisements, or public relations to attract visitors and press.
  • Development: Support the financial aspects of arts nonprofits, specifically through fundraising. As such, networking skills and a head for numbers are strong assets in this branch of the field.
  • Outreach and public education: The outreach and public education branch of arts management focuses educating the public, including school children, about opportunities in the arts, thereby attract patrons.

Arts Management Recruiting Timelines

Gaining employment within the arts management field is a fairly decentralized process, as there are generally no structured full-time recruiting programs. Interested applicants must apply directly to their employers of choice, pending availability. This industry is highly competitive by nature, and students must network to maximize their chances of employment. Internship recruiting typically starts the semester prior (i.e spring for summer opportunities, fall for spring opportunities).

CCE Resources

  • LionSHARE: Find internships and full time jobs in arts administration. Organizations that have posted in the past include American Federation of Arts and the Museum of Modern Art.
  • Vault and WetFeet Guides: CCE subscribes to career-focused web services such as Vault and WetFeet, which offer profiles of industries, companies, and careers.
  • Columbia Arts Experience (CAE): Just one of CCE's domestic and international internship programs that helps to connect students to internship opportunities in the arts. 
  • Columbia Alumni:
    • Tze Chun, CC '06. Founder of Uprise Art.
    • Chad Miller, GS '07. Events & Outreach Coordinator at Columbia Arts Initiative.

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Last updated December 2014