Arts Administration in the European Context

MA in Visual Arts Administration

Arts Administration in the European Context

The Netherlands and Berlin, Germany

Program dates: June 3 - 24, 2018 

Program description:
Begun in 1994, this international seminar offers graduate students, alumni of arts administration programs, and arts management professionals a unique opportunity to examine exciting changes in the visual and performing arts in a broad range of European venues. Students explore current cultural and social issues affecting international arts practices in both nonprofit and for-profit institutions. Working professionals gain fresh insights into managing arts organizations while acquiring an overview of European cultural policies


The program challenges students to compare and contrast American attitudes towards the arts (as embodied in U.S. public funding mechanisms and marketing and development strategies) with the long-established European tradition of government funding – even as that tradition now finds itself confronted by dwindling budgets and the need to appeal to a changing and more diverse constituency. Seminar participants have ample opportunity to discuss policy-making, planning, and entrepreneurial initiatives with leading arts professionals. Our study topics and issues are grouped as shown below:

1. The Netherlands

2. Germany – Berlin

3. The European Union

4. Globalism and Mobility:

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Cultural Hybridization
  • Artistic Mobility
  • Networks

5. Cultural Policy:

  • Advocacy
  • Value of the Arts
  • The Cultural Economy and Creative Industries
  • Cultural Diplomacy/Soft Power

6. Sustainability:

  • Audience
  • Arts Education
  • Cultural Tourism and Nation/City Branding

Sample Itinerary: The Netherlands
Sample Itinerary: Berlin

The program has historically started in the Netherlands, where we collaborate with HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. The program includes field trips to a variety of Dutch cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Otterlo, depending on availability of sites and speakers. This is followed by exploration of another European city, which has included Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, and Vienna. It was founded as a collaboration between the Visual Arts Administration and Performing Arts Administration MA programs and examines the spectrum of current issues across both fields.

Issues and Practices in Arts Administration: the European Context
ARVA-GE 2215.099 or MPAPA-GE 2215.099 (6 points).

Program Directors:

Sandra Lang , Art and Arts Professional, Director of the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program.

Richard Maloney, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Performing Arts Administration, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.

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