our program brings together nationally-renowned faculty in arts leadership with the essential business, management, advocacy, and community engagement skills necessary for you to lead in the arts sector.
Our low student-to-faculty ratio and cohort approach give you direct access to faculty. You begin building your support networks from your first day, making connections with fellow students and active, engaged alumni. You meet a diverse array of arts and cultural colleagues through our events and biannual conference.
from a wide variety of backgrounds, including community art practitioners, curators, designers, development managers, education directors, public artists, and theater directors. Together, you gain the theoretical and practical experience necessary to successfully compete for arts leadership positions nationally and internationally.
is at the core of our program, combined with professional development and complemented by a deep foundation of academic rigor and applied research. Throughout our program, you use your skills and knowledge to build a broad portfolio of practice in the arts sector of your choice to take with you into your arts leadership career.
Throughout the program, you apply coursework learning as a practicing arts leader through your Graduate Management Practicum, working in organizations, interviewing arts practitioners, researching emerging issues within arts and cultural policy, and more. A signature of our program is your capstone Summary Project, where you focus on a topic of interest such as a cultural sector, curatorial, policy, or arts management issue.
A thriving, arts-dense region and a hub for innovation, Seattle is home to a dynamic and historic arts community. With a variety of performance and visual arts centers throughout the city, you will build essential relationships with our community partners, connections that can turn into lifelong careers in arts leadership.
Having grown up as a singer, performer, and lover of theatre, after four years at Oklahoma State University, Samantha decided to completely change her career path to reflect her passion and desire to advocate for the arts.
She is a chemical engineer who recently rediscovered her artistic side as a collage artist. She primarily works with paper and fabric to explore ideas of being, becoming and belonging.
Shannon found herself at the table with political representatives, fellow employees, community leaders, and musicians to organize preservation of the Showbox, one of Seattle's historic music venues.
Leah is an art critic, new media curator, NewHive advocate, and chair enthusiast. St. Lawrence writes about and curates contemporary new media, digital interaction, and online engagement—specifically related to political/social/LGBTQI issues.