This seminar course explores art and design within the context of the non-profit sector. It will examine the roles and responsibilities of non-profit arts organizations from both a practical and ideological perspective. The course will visit the realms of Providence / Boston-based arts non-profits, examining their lifecycles and the factors that shape an agency's success and/or failure. Organizations investigated include: arts councils, service organizations, arts centers, alternative spaces, residency programs, community-based initiatives, foundations, galleries and media-specific institutions. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the fundamentals of non-profits arts management including mission and vision, leadership, sustainability, relationships to the community and the public. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, guest presentations, and site visits to various non-profit organizations. Students will be involved in fieldwork and in the development of a case study profile of a non-profit arts organization. This course will be of special interest to educators, artists, and designers whose professional lives are likely to intersect at some point with arts organizations and agencies.
MA elective; Elective for other graduate students