Summary Project


Current students complete practicum work with alumna Lina Cholewinski (MFA '18), right, at Urban Artworks.  Lina wrote her Summary Project, "The Importance of Reinvesting in Youth through Public Art" based on her experience working for Urban Artworks.

During their final quarter of the program, students integrate their practicum and academic experiences from the two years of the MFA program into one comprehensive capstone project. This Summary Project permits students to explore a topic of their interest in depth, and requires the use of academic research, as well as their experience in the field, to investigate a cultural sector issue or policy, or an arts management problems. The focus is on applied research: the contribution of knowledge and solutions to the challenges of the sector.

The 6-credit Summary Project experience includes 3 practicum credits and a 3-credit Summary Project class. The full quarter is devoted to the development of the student's selected project, with the guidance of faculty, synthesizing academic research with the arts leadership they practiced in Seattle's arts organizations.

Students present their Summary Project at the end of the quarter to their peers, faculty, alumni, and invited family and friends.

Alumni at Work

Nina Yarbrough, MFA alumna
Nina Yarbrough, MFA '16

Business Development Manager
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

Charly McCreary, MFA alumna
Charly McCreary, MFA '15

Founding Member
The Cabiri

Ben McCarthy MFA Alumnus
Ben McCarthy, MFA '15

Executive Director
Three Dollar Cinema

Meini Li, MFA Alumna
Meini Li, MFA '14

Advancement Manager
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

Events and Information Sessions

Contact Us

Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Arts Leadership Programs Director
JEFF 401
206.296.5370
maifeldk@seattleu.edu 

Rosa Joshi 
Chair, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership
206.296.5367 
joshir@seattleu.edu

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