Claremont Gradaute University Arts Management Program Expands With New Leadership

Released on: October 9, 2008, 1:53 am

Press Release Author: Nikolaos Johnson

Industry: Management

Press Release Summary: A revamped and expanded Masters in Arts Management program
begins at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) this fall under new leadership. This
represents a unique opportunity for students to study under one of the industry's
most experienced veterans, Laura Zucker, Executive Director of the Los Angeles
County Arts Commission.

Press Release Body: Claremont, CA, October 09, 2008 -- Revamped program is the only
of its kind in California, and it aims to keep Los Angeles' creative talent in the
arts and nonprofits local. A recent study indicates that the arts and culture are
the second-largest generator for the LA economy.

As head of a municipal agency that funds 300 arts organizations each year, Zucker
has long been concerned with the quality of leaders in the field. In 2000 she
spurred the County to begin funding the largest arts internship program in the
country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation. Close to 300 undergraduates are
paid to work in Los Angeles area nonprofit arts organizations each summer.
"Two-thirds of our interns want to pursue careers in arts management and they think
they have to leave the region to pursue their Masters. And often, they don't come
back," said Zucker. "Now there's a great way to keep them home." Zucker also began
the Arts Leadership Initiative which addresses the needs of mid-career

CGU's Arts Management program ( is the only one of its kind in the
state of California. A partnership of the School of Arts and Humanities and the
Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, the Arts
Management program blends the curricula of both: study in the arts and humanities
with contemporary management skills. The course of study allows graduates to get a
leg up in a changing non-profit world which demands backgrounds in both business and
the arts.

"The program is for anyone who has ever dreamed of turning their interest in the
arts into a career," Zucker said. "The profession has changed since I first started.
Learning on the job now doesn't take the place of up-to-date professional management

The Arts Management program will offer a new executive track for mid and
senior-level arts administrators already working in the field.

"This unique collaboration between the Drucker School of Management and the School
of Arts and Humanities underscores the strengths of our university: the courage to
engage in transdisciplinary teaching and research, the commitment to meet the
rapidly changing needs of practitioners in the real world, and the desire to advance
effective management and ethical leadership in all sectors of society," said Ira
Jackson, Dean of the Drucker School.

"The MA in Arts Management is a natural outgrowth of our interdisciplinary and
pragmatic approach, in addition to being an exciting concretization of Peter
Drucker's vision of management as a liberal art," said Marc Redfield, Dean of the
School of Arts and Humanities.

Zucker is teaching the course on the theory and practice of arts management again
this spring. Her team is also developing plans for consulting clinics, which will
give students real-world experience with the best arts organizations in the region.

"With the opportunities in LA, the possibilities are limitless," she said.

BusinessWeek and Newsweek have each published articles recently (read them here and
here) about the need for qualified arts managers. And, Critical Issues Facing the
Arts in California: A Working Paper from The James Irvine Foundation, (2006) notes
that, "The majority of current leaders of nonprofit cultural institutions have no
formal management training." Industry leaders agree.

"Cultural organizations in California and across the nation are facing a momentous
leadership transition with the retirement of the Boomer generation that is presently
leading 80% of arts organizations," said Stephen Rountree, President and CEO of Los
Angeles-based Music Center. "There is a huge need in the arts for a new generation
of leaders, managers and policy makers. The Arts Management program at CGU is unique
in integrating management education from the superb Drucker School of Management,
with arts and humanities policy concerns from CGU's outstanding School of Arts and
Humanities. There isn't a better program for aspiring arts leaders."

Additional new features of the program include courses in: non-profit budgeting,
accounting and financing; intensive consulting clinics with LA-area non-profit
organizations; and an art policy course that is being taught by the City of Santa
Monica's Cultural Affairs Manager, Jessica Cusick in downtown L.A.
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About Laura Zucker
Concurrent to her position at CGU, Zucker serves as the executive director of the
Los Angeles County Arts Commission, a position she has held since 1992. The Arts
Commission provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the
largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In addition to
the Arts Internship Program, Zucker oversees a $4.5 million grants program that
funds more than 300 nonprofit arts organizations annually, leads the regional plan
to restore arts education to all 80 school districts in Los Angeles County, oversees
the County's Civic Art Program for capital projects, programs the John Anson Ford
Theatres and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on
The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday
Celebration broadcast nationally, and a year-round music program that funds more
than 50 free concerts each year in public sites.

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of the top graduate schools in
the United States. Our nine academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award
masters and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Because the world's problems are not
simple nor easily defined, diverse faculty and students research and study across
the traditional discipline boundaries to create new and practical solutions for the
major problems plaguing our world. A Southern California based graduate school
devoted entirely to graduate research and study, CGU boasts a low student-to-faculty
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