209 Performing Arts Center (507.457.2842)
Gregory Neidhart (Director)
Gregory Neidhart, Assistant Professor; BS, Ball State University; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MFA, University of Arizona; 2008 –
As arts organizations become increasingly complex, they will demand knowledgeable, skilled individuals who have an aesthetic sensibility, business acumen, and a keen understanding of current issues and trends relevant to an organization’s health, prosperity and, in some cases, survival. Designed primarily, but not exclusively, for students in the performing and visual arts, the minor in Arts Administration will complement students’ training as artists, teachers and practitioners, and help lay the foundation for their future participation in arts organizations either as leaders or as participants and supporters.
The Arts Administration minor will:
- Provide skilled individuals for the expanding arts/nonprofit sector whose increasingly complex institutions demand higher levels of sophistication and knowledge from their administrators.
- Promote the interdisciplinary nature of the arts and sciences.
- Encourage students to learn as they work and work as they learn. Through experiential learning opportunities, students will combine academic coursework and hands-on, relevant extracurricular opportunities on campus and in the community to become qualified to work in such areas as marketing, fundraising, operations, and general arts management.
- Help students build relevant, transferable management and leadership skills for social service agencies, educational institutions, commercial arts industries, and other for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
- Expose students to issues of arts policy, cultural management, emerging technologies, and leadership and organizational development.