Learn From the Leaders



The Arts Management Program and Folklore Program have been awarded a curriculum impact grant which will support collaboration with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to provide students with project-based learning opportunities in festival management.

Faculty and instructors are integral roles of the Arts, locally and nationally through scholarship, research, leadership, and service to the arts. They connect the classroom to their work in the field, sharing experience, skills, and connections.

Arts management students at George Mason University

Trish Johnson (far right), CFO and Senior Vice President for Finance at National Association of Broadcasters, teaches Finance II, a core course of study. Financial management is a skill you will need for the successful management of any arts organization.

You'll also learn from scholars who have researched and published journals and books.

Our instructors are managing directors, chief financial officers, arts lawyers, event planners, fundraisers, and marketing professionals. They work at leading theaters, performing arts centers, museums, and as arts consultants.

Faculty are active leaders through volunteerism and board service to local and national organizations focused on arts and culture, health, education, and public service.

Faculty work as active mentors, supporting students with career advice, help on class projects, and navigating the field.

Guests have included:

  • Megan Beyer, immediate-past Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, spoke with Arts Management students and faculty in April 2021 about the importance of arts in society and her role with the committee.
  • Leonie Hodkevitch, author, cultural producer and university docent, lectured to arts management students and visited classrooms.
  • Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and author of The Participatory Museum.
  • Doug Borwick, Author of Engaging Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S.