There are plenty of opinions about the place, purpose, benefit, or consequence of graduate study in Arts Administration. I’m of a certain opinion, as you might guess, since I direct an MBA degree in that very thing. But I’ll be first to claim it’s a complex question.
To engage the question, Ron Evans invited me to be a guest panelist for his National Arts Marketing Project NAMPRadio podcast, which is now on-line. Give a listen.
If you haven’t got time to listen all the way through, here’s the gist: Graduate study in Arts Administration can be a powerful learning/networking/advancing experience when it fits what you need, and you find the program that fits how you learn. It’s not the only path to a successful career in arts and cultural management. But it’s a path with particular utility for people who want to rethink and reframe the way the business works.
Thanks to Ron and his co-panelists Matt Campbell and Maris Smith for the opportunity to talk it through.