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2 FROM THE DIRECTOR Daniel Ranalli Associate Professor of Arts Administration I began the program at Boston University in 1992 with the intention of creating one of the finest arts administration programs in the country. The goal was to draw upon the wealth of Boston s rich cultural community for teaching resources and internship opportunities. We currently have about 100 full- and part-time students who have come from around the country and the world, fairly evenly divided between the visual and performing arts. Students from both disciplines are often in classes together and we believe the exchange to be a valuable one. Although the program has expanded significantly in terms of the number of courses being offered, we have retained our commitment to hiring faculty who are active and prominent in the field, and we have kept our class sizes small. Having lived and worked in Boston for more than 35 years, Professor Ranalli has extensive experience as an arts administrator, curator, art critic, gallery director, and artist with widespread contacts in the field throughout the country. Ranalli has also worked with the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous state arts councils on various panels related to artists issues and support. His work is in more than 25 museum collections here and abroad, and he has had over 135 solo and group shows since 1974.
3 arts A D M I N I STR A T I O N MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN The Boston University Arts Administration Program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in visual arts, performing arts, and arts service organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors both domestically and internationally. Recent decades have witnessed a rapid expansion in arts audiences, practitioners, and institutions. Simultaneously, the increased cyclical economic uncertainty in both the public and private sectors has resulted in a growing need for highly skilled administrators who can work effectively with elected officials, business and community leaders, and fellow arts professionals. The Boston University Master of Science (MS) in Arts Administration program emphasizes excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, internationalism, and a commitment to the technologies of our age. We are particularly concerned with helping arts organizations place the achievement of their missions ahead of any blind devotion to maximizing revenues. It is toward such an end that we sustain a deep conviction in the centrality of the role of the artist, and the fundamental importance of artistic excellence, as issues central to the health of all arts organizations in the twenty-first century. In short, we are committed to making the world safe for art - not making art safe for the world. The Arts Administration program is offered through Boston University s Metropolitan College, and is specifically designed to accommodate the schedules of working adults. Students can complete all coursework on a part-time, evening basis in approximately two calendar years. Full-time study toward the degree is also possible, although scheduling issues may sometimes arise, as not every course may appear in a one-year cycle. We are committed to making the world safe for art not making art safe for the world. bu.edu/artsadmin // 3 //
4 ADMISSION All candidates for admission to the degree program must have a bachelor s degree and are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and related work experiences. We are particularly interested in those applicants who have two or more years of work experience after conferral of their undergraduate degrees. Personal interviews are strongly encouraged, either in person or by telephone. Standardized admission tests, such as the GRE or GMAT, are required for international students and for those students who have received their baccalaureate degree within the past two years. Students are expected to have a demonstrable, discipline-based expertise in one area (such as visual arts, dance, theatre, or music). Although this requirement may be satisfied in a variety of ways, most applicants have undergraduate degrees in the arts. The program has a rolling admissions policy with no absolute deadlines. However, students interested in applying for fall admission are encouraged to apply by late March, as the number of applicants is quite high. A student may also complete up to 8 credits on a non-matriculating basis, prior to admission. International applicants to Metropolitan College graduate programs are required to submit official results for either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), minimum score of 7.0, or the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (ibt). The minimum score required on the ibt is 95, but most admitted students score 100 or higher. FINANCIAL AID The program provides a small number of graduate assistantships to matriculating students. This type of assistance offers up to $5,000 in tuition remission per semester, in exchange for research and administrative work (10 20 hours per week). There is also, at times, a very limited amount of unrestricted scholarship support available to outstanding students. Information about both of these opportunities is made available to students when they are admitted to the degree program. For additional information about deferred payment and loan programs, contact the MET Financial Aid Advisor at or CURRICULUM The Master of Science (MS) in Arts Administration is an independent degree program within Boston University s Metropolitan College. We also take advantage of some of the resources, faculty, and courses offered by the Art History and Historic Preservation Studies departments (Graduate School of Arts & Sciences) and the Administrative Studies, Advertising, and Urban Affairs programs (Metropolitan College). General information and policies for Metropolitan College can be found online at bu.edu/met. For complete course descriptions please refer to our website: bu.edu/artsadmin. The program emphasizes an interdisciplinary curriculum and we are committed to placing students from both the performing arts and the visual arts in many courses together. Students also have the opportunity to specialize by taking courses specifically within certain discipline-based areas. The curriculum is largely focused on the nonprofit sector, but it is also possible to substitute a limited number of courses with a commercial (for-profit) orientation. Arts Administration courses are taught by the director, the assistant director, and adjunct faculty who are working professionals in the Boston area. On average, each faculty member has well over ten years of high-level professional experience in the arts.
5 ACADEMIC STANDING All students in the Arts Administration program must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 to remain in good standing and to graduate. No grade below B- in any course may be applied towards the degree. Students with a grade point average below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and must achieve a cumulative 3.0 by the completion of the following semester or be subject to dismissal. Students who are placed on academic probation for two consecutive semesters are also subject to dismissal. INTERNATIONAL STUDY The Arts Administration program is committed to exposing its students to the growing impact of globalization on the art world. As part of the curriculum requirements, Arts Administration students, with the exception of international students, are required to take an International Travel Study Course. Using the resources of Boston University and partnerships with other universities abroad, courses have been offered in Barcelona, London, and Cuba. MET AR 787, The Arts in Barcelona, is offered during spring break. MET AR 777, Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration (London), is offered in the summer. COMPARATIVE CULTURAL POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (LONDON) Dia Karakantas ( 09) This class was great because it gave us a chance to learn about how the arts are handled in other countries, not just England. It was fantastic to meet so many interesting people who opened my eyes to topics I hadn't thought about before. I had never been to London, and having the chance to see the British Museum was one of the best experiences of my life. It s amazing to have the opportunity to go to other countries while in graduate school. It s typically something you think only undergraduate students can do. Overall, it was a fabulous experience. ARTS IN BARCELONA Hayoung Jeong ( 09) One of the best courses I have ever taken in my life. We were able to meet the top lecturers and professionals in the arts in Barcelona. It made me think critically of what we learned through our coursework in the program. Also, for me as an international student, studying another perspective in Barcelona enormously broadened my scope. Now having studied arts administration of the United States and Europe, I feel well prepared for any arts related career I will have after graduating. bu.edu/artsadmin // 5 //
6 MASTER OF SCIENCE arts ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (40 CREDITS) CONCENTRATION CORE GROUP A: FOUR REQUIRED COURSES MET AR 690 The Art World (4 cr) MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofits (4 cr) * GROUP B: PLUS AT LEAST FIVE COURSES FROM THIS GROUP MET AH 588 The Arts in Cuba (4 cr) MET AR 510 Arts Leaders Forum (4 cr) MET AR 550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations (4 cr) MET AR 650 Writing for the Arts (4 cr) MET AR 700 Leadership and Career Development for Arts Administrators (4 cr) MET AR 711 Capital Campaigns (4 cr) MET AR 720 Marketing and Audience Development for the Arts (4 cr) * * MET AR 722 Educational Programming in Cultural Institutions (4 cr) MET AR 723 Individual Fundraising (4 cr) MET AR 730 Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts (4 cr) MET AR 778 Legal Issues in Arts Administration (4 cr) MET AR 802/ Internship in Arts Administration I 803 and II (2 cr each) MET AR 740 Arts and the Internet (4 cr) MET AR 766 Arts and the Community (4 cr) MET AR 771 Managing Performing Arts Organizations (4 cr) MET AR 774 Managing Visual Arts Organizations (4 cr) MET AR 777 Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration (London) (4 cr) MET AR 779 Public Art Program Administration (4 cr) MET AR 781 Special Topics in Arts Administration (4 cr) MET AR 787 The Arts in Barcelona (4 cr) MET AR 804 Advanced Management and Consulting for Arts Organizations (4 cr) Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
7 CONCENTRATION ELECTIVES GROUP C: NO MORE THAN ONE COURSE MAY BE TAKEN FROM THIS GROUP CAS AH 520 The Museum and Historical Agency (4 cr) MET AD 725 CAS AH 521 Curatorship: Exhibition Development (4 cr) MET AD 603 Evaluating and Developing Markets for Cultural Tourism (4 cr) MET AD 642 Project Management MET AD 648 Introduction to Electronic Commerce, Systems, and Web Design (4 cr) Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution (4 cr) MET AD 733 Leadership in Management (4 cr) MET CM 708 Principles and Practices of Advertising (4 cr) MET UA 515 History and Theory of Urban Planning (4 cr) MET UA 805 The Boston Urban Symposium (4 cr) * MET AD 731 Corporate Finance may be elected instead of MET AR but you may not take both -with your advisor s approval. A total of 24 credits must be completed before enrolling. Written approval of advisor. You may choose either MET AR 700 Leadership and Career Development for Arts Administrators or MET AD 733 Leadership in Management, but not both. ** Prerequisite: MET AR 690 The Art World. For complete course descriptions please refer to the Arts Administration program website at bu.edu/artsadmin. bu.edu/artsadmin // 7 //
8 FROM THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Richard Maloney Assistant Professor of Arts Administration The art world is undergoing a period of rapid change. As cultural leaders face an increasingly sophisticated work environment, they have become more aware of the benefits of graduate study in arts administration. Our program provides an educational experience that emphasizes an artist-centered, mission-driven approach; develops a sophisticated understanding of the challenges facing both visual arts and performing arts organizations; and accommodates the needs of both full- and part-time students. We also strongly encourage our students to work in the field while pursuing their degree. Leading cultural institutions have told us they value this blend of academic learning and real-world experience. Lutenist Richard Maloney performs with a variety of early music ensembles in the Boston area. The former general manager of the Boston Camerata, Maloney completed his doctoral work in law and public policy at Northeastern University, where his research focused on the arts and economic development. INTERNSHIP Students matriculating in the Arts Administration program are required to have some direct work experience in arts organizations, prior to degree conferral. A minimum of six of the ten required courses must be completed before the student undertakes the actual fieldwork, although the planning phase may begin earlier. The program maintains a formal relationship with a core group of host organizations that have been selected for their willingness to work with interns, although it is possible to intern with other organizations as well. Each student is expected to complete a total of 150 hours of work with the host agency, generally within a single semester. INTERNSHIP WAIVER Students with four or more years of full-time professional arts organization work experience may waive the internship requirement with their advisor s written consent. If the internship is waived, the student must enroll in a tenth classroom-based course. Also, with the permission of the advisor, Advanced Management and Consulting for Arts Organizations (MET AR 804) may be substituted for the internship requirement, if the student has had two years of full-time professional arts administration work experience.
9 RECENT GUEST SPEAKERS The Arts Administration program at Boston University draws extensively on the extraordinary base of arts institutions and arts workers located in the region. Nearly every course includes guest lecturers, and in recent years some of these visitors have included: Nancy Adams, Codirector Mobius Performance Space Anna Asphar, former Director of Human Resources Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Jerry Beck, Founding Director The Revolving Museum, Lowell, Mass. Sarah Browning, Director Amherst Writers and Artists Institute, Amherst, Mass. Alice Bruce, Vice President, Development and Board Relations Celebrity Series of Boston Nicholas Capasso, Curator DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Mass. Sue Dahling-Sullivan, Chief of Staff Citi Performing Arts Center David Dalena, Vice President of Marketing Huntington Theatre Megan Denell, Director of Community Outreach Boston Modern Orchestra Project James D Entremont, Founder Boston Coalition of Freedom of Expression, Cambridge, Mass. Arthur Dion, Director Gallery NAGA Geoff Edgers, Arts Reporter Boston Globe Charles Giuliano Art Critic Matt Haimovitz Cellist Laurie Kalb, Director New England Folk Life Center, Lowell, Mass. Barbara Krakow, Principal Barbara Krakow Gallery Nick Lawrence, Founding Director DNA Gallery, Provincetown, Mass. Anne Lower, Gallery Manager Skinner Auction House Charlie McDermott, Deputy Director Massachusetts Cultural Council Samuel Miller, former Executive Director New England Foundation for the Arts Carla Munsat, Founder/Publisher Art New England Christina Noren, Vice President of Product Management Splunk Audrey Pepper, Founding Director Pepper Gallery Catherine Peterson, Executive Director ArtsBoston Jane Royal, Education Consultant Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY Tom Vignieri, Music Producer From the Top Clara Wainwright Artist Jason Weeks, Executive Director Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Mass. Jeannie Motherwell Perfect Storm Acrylic and collage on canvas bu.edu/artsadmin // 9 //
10 GRADUATE CERTIFICATES arts ADMINISTRATION The Arts Administration program at Boston University also offers a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration. By offering this certificate we hope to serve the many practicing and aspiring arts professionals who do not have the time or resources to commit to a full program of graduate study, or who may already possess a graduate degree in another field. This certificate may be of particular interest to experienced professionals in related fields who are considering a career change. The certificate consists of four graduate courses. Certificate students take the same classes as master s degree students and must follow all prerequisite and application requirements as outlined for the MS degree program. Certificate students have access to all the resources of the program and the University, including our extensive network of visual and performing arts organizations, many of which have employed Boston University graduates, as well as internship and job placement services. Upon completion, interested students may request admission to the MS in Arts Administration. If approved, all completed credits earned towards the certificate will be applied to the degree program. Admission requirements for the certificate are the same as for admission to the MS in Arts Administration, which can be found on page 4. CERTIFICATE IN ARTS ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (16 CREDITS) THREE REQUIRED COURSES: MET AR 690 The Art World (4 cr) MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofits (4 cr) MET AR 778 Legal Issues in Arts Administration (4 cr) SELECT ONE ADDITIONAL COURSE: MET AR 550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations (4 cr) MET AR 720 Marketing and Audience Development for the Arts (4 cr) MET AR 766 Arts and the Community (4 cr) MET AR 771 Managing Performing Arts Organizations (4 cr) MET AR 774 Managing Visual Arts Organizations (4 cr) MET AR 779 Public Art Program Administration (4 cr) MET AR 781 Special Topics in Arts Administration (4 cr)
11 fundraising MANAGEMENT Stable nonprofit organizations rely upon support from a variety of sources. As the number of nonprofits grows, and the market drives organizations to be self-sustaining and accountable, fundraising has emerged as a strategic institutional need. To help address this need, the Arts Administration program at Boston University offers the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management. The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management is a four-course program designed to provide administrative, financial, technical, and leadership skills for those seeking careers as professional fundraisers, as well as for nonprofit managers who wish to substantially enhance their skills in fundraising. The certificate is also appropriate for professionals considering a career change, and will be of value to those in the arts, health care, education, faith-based, and human services fields. Certificate students have access to all the resources of the program and the University, including an extensive network of organizations that have employed Boston University graduates, and internship and job placement services. Students with an interest in the arts are eligible to apply for admission to the MS in Arts Administration program. If accepted, Financial Management for Nonprofits (MET AR 750) will be applied to the degree. For more information regarding this option, please contact the Arts Administration office. CERTIFICATE IN FUNDRAISING MANAGEMENT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (16 CREDITS) FOUR REQUIRED COURSES: MET AR 550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations (4 cr) MET AR 711 Capital Campaigns (4 cr) MET AR 723 Individual Fundraising (4 cr) MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofits (4 cr) CERTIFICATE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Students must apply and have been accepted to a certificate prior to the completion of the second program course. A request for the certificate must be filed upon completion of the certificate requirements. bu.edu/artsadmin // 11 //
12 FACULTY & STAFF FULL-TIME FACULTY DANIEL RANALLI (The Art World; The Arts in Barcelona; The Arts in Cuba; Internship in Arts Administration) Professor Ranalli is the founding director of the Arts Administration program. He is a professional artist with work in over 25 museum collections, and an arts writer. He has over 15 years of experience in arts administration, including gallery, foundation, and arts education programs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. MA, Boston University; AB, Clark University. RICHARD MALONEY (Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations, The Art World, Managing Performing Arts Organizations, Comparative Cultural Policy Administration, Internship) Professor Maloney is the assistant director of the Arts Administration graduate degree program and faculty coordinator for the graduate certificate program in Fundraising Management. He performs on lute with a variety of Boston-area early music ensembles and has worked as an arts administrator with the Boston Early Music Festival, The Boston Camerata, and the New England Conservatory of Music. PhD, Northeastern University; MS, Boston University; Graduate Diploma, Longy School of Music; BM, Berklee College of Music; BA, Bates College. BENJAMÍN JUÁREZ (Art Leaders Forum) Mr. Juárez is dean of Boston University s College of Fine Arts (CFA) and professor of the practice, Arts Administration. Prior to joining BU, he was general director of the Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART), Mexico s national arts center, during which time he launched joint programs with the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. He has also served as director of cultural activities for Universidad Anáhuac del Sur; head of music and dance at the National University of Mexico; and as a conductor with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (1979 to 1981) and the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra (1983 to 1987). MFA, California Institute of the Arts; Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Universidad Anáhuac del Sur; BA, Centro Universitario Mexico. ADMINISTRATION JEANNIE MOTHERWELL (Program Assistant) Ms. Motherwell is a painter and collage artist who has been exhibiting her work for more than 40 years. She studied painting at Bard College and the Art Students League in New York City, and served on the Public Art Commission Advisory Committee for the Cambridge Arts Council, 2003 to 2007, and on the CAC Advisory Board for Cambridge Open Studios (COS), 2008 to Her work may be seen at Quester Gallery, Greenwich, Conn., and on her website at jeanniemotherwell.com. BA, Bard College. ADJUNCT FACULTY JANET BAILEY (Marketing and Audience Development for the Arts; Advanced Management and Consulting for Arts Organizations) Ms. Bailey is president of Janet Bailey Associates, an arts consulting firm in Boston. She was formerly general manager and director of marketing for the Handel and Haydn Society. MBA, BA, Boston University. PETER J. CARUSO II, ESQ. (Legal Issues in Arts Administration) Mr. Caruso is a Massachusetts attorney whose practice specializes in the representation of artists, art galleries, museums, and art institutions. He has been intimately involved with the protection of the rights of artists and various art institutions. JD, Suffolk University Law School; BA, Colby College. MARY DOORLEY, ACFRE (Capital Campaigns) Ms. Doorley has been a capital campaign consultant for more than 20 years. She has planned and directed dozens of feasibility studies and major gift campaigns for a variety of social service, arts, educational, and health care organizations. Doorley began her career with the consulting firm of Ketchum, Inc. In 1995, she established Doorley and Associates, an independent consulting practice that serves the New England region. In 2009, she was awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE). MA, Regis College; BA, Catholic University of America. DAN HUNTER (Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts) Mr. Hunter is a founding partner in the consulting firm Hunter Higgs, specializing in political communication, strategy, and advocacy. He is the former director of the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (MAASH), with 24 years of experience in politics and arts advocacy. He is an award-winning playwright, songwriter, and humorist. He also teaches playwriting at Boston University. MA, Boston University; BA, Hampshire College.
13 MICHAEL IBRAHIM, CFRE (Fundraising and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations) Mr. Ibrahim is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and the director of Development at the All Newton Music School, where he manages the annual fund; grants from government, corporate, and family foundations; special events; major gifts; planned giving; capital campaign gifts; donor stewardship; endowment gifts; development communications; cyber philanthropy; and prospect research and cultivation. Ibrahim is also an adjunct professor of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky. He is a former member of the Arts Administration faculty at Emerson College and has held management positions at the Stoneham Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, and Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. EdD (candidate), Northeastern University; MS, Boston University; BA, University of Kentucky. LEWIS KARABATSOS (Individual Fundraising) Mr. Karabatsos is the executive vice president of client relations for CreateHope, a company based in Washington, D.C., that provides web-based solutions for workplace giving and employee-engagement programs. MS, Boston University; BA, University of Massachusetts. CHRISTINE MCCARTHY (Managing Visual Arts Organizations) Ms. McCarthy is the executive director of Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Mass. Formerly, she was the director of administration and planning at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston). MA, Syracuse University; BA, Providence College. ROSS MILLER (Public Art Program Administration) Mr. Miller is a visual artist whose site-based projects encourage community conversation in outdoor spaces, and create public places for private reflection. Along with the Boston Schoolyard Initiative and annual Ancient Fishweir Public Art Project, his work includes permanent sculpture and lighting in the new pedestrian landscape under the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, and an interactive, cut-granite water feature for Alvah Kittredge Park, Roxbury. Miller managed the planning, creation, and installation of a series of public art projects during design and construction of the Central Artery Project. Loeb Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design; BA, Harvard College. CHRISTOPHER MILLIS (Writing for the Arts) Dr. Millis is a writer whose poetry has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies in the United States and Europe. His books include Impossible Mirrors, The Dark of the Sun, Selected Poems of Umberto Saba (translations), The Diary of the Delphic Oracle, and most recently, The Handsome Shackles. He is a critic for the Boston Phoenix and ARTnews. PhD, MA, New York University; BA, Wesleyan University. FRANCIS OLSCHAFSKIE (Arts and the Internet) Mr. Olschafskie has served as president, vice president, and chief technical officer of a number of Internet and computer imaging companies, including Exit Computers, Streamline Communications, and Bridgeline Software. Olschafskie has also been a practicing artist for over twenty years. MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BFA, Massachusetts College of Art. LAUREN O NEAL (Arts & the Community) Ms. O Neal has served previously as professor and coordinator of the Arts Management program at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. O Neal has worked as a director, educator, and curator within an art center, museum, and educational settings. Her experience is in the areas of management, programming, fundraising, education outreach, staff/board development and marketing. Doctoral candidate, Kuvataideakatemia (Finland); MFA, Maine College of Art; EdM, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; AB, Wellesley College. DAVID ORLINOFF (Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations) Mr. Orlinoff is founder and principal of Concord Financial Organization as well as the former vice president of finance and administration of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. MBA, Harvard Business School; MS, Bentley College; BA, University of California at Los Angeles. LINDA MURPHY SUTHERLAND (Educational Programming in Cultural Institutions) Ms. Sutherland is a member of Arts/Learning, an advocacy group resulting from the merger between the National Arts & Learning Collaborative (NALC) and the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE). She is past president of the board of directors of the New England Theatre Conference (NETC), a current member of NETC s College of Fellows, and the 2008 recipient of the Marie Phillips Service to NETC Award. Sutherland is past co-chair of Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (New England and New York) and a member of the advisory board of Theatre Espresso. MA, Emerson College; BFA, University of Rhode Island; AFA, Community College of Rhode Island. bu.edu/artsadmin // 13 //
14 PROFILES GUILLEM D EFAK FULLANA-FERRE ( 06) Executive Director, Barcelona International Training & Education After working in arts administration in Europe, I came to the United States to learn a different way to manage culture. Boston University gave me exactly what I wanted: an established, diverse academic program offered in a flexible format. I did my required internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where I received extensive, practical, hands-on training that complemented the theory I learned in class. ABIGAIL ROLLINS ( 10) General Manager, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company One of the many strengths of BU s program is its tight-knit community of students, faculty, and alumni. Whether you are applying for a job, an internship, or conducting research for a class project, this comprehensive network gives you easy access to people who want to support students during their course of study and beyond. In my current position as general manager of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, I routinely find myself tapping into this network. ANNIE HOUSTON ( 11) Program Coordinator, Communities Department, Massachusetts Cultural Council After spending two years teaching English in Italy and France, and immersing myself in the European art scene, I set some goals: I wanted to examine how arts organizations function, pay my bills while going to school, and apply the knowledge acquired at Boston University to my career in real time. What I got was so much more. My time in the program was replete with endless networking and volunteer opportunities, as well as classes that focused on both theory and skill development. EMILY DAY ( 05) Executive Director of Alumni Relations, Massachusetts College of Art & Design The Arts Administration program allowed me to work full-time and simultaneously pursue a graduate degree. I had little idea what I wanted to do in the arts when I entered the program, but it felt like a good way to honor my love of art while gaining practical business skills. The classes were relevant and inspiring. In 2010, I accepted the position of executive director of alumni relations at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). JENNIFER SIMMONS ( 12) Assistant Curator and Art Advisor, g a macura inc. After working in branding, advertising, finance, and fashion, I wanted to cultivate a different network of people who shared my love of the arts. The Arts Administration program gave me this opportunity and the ability to establish strong relationships in the field. I was able to focus on my specific interest in the for-profit visual arts.