Introduction to Arts Management

Course Code: ARTC 5000

Academic Year: 2023-2024

This course introduces students to the theories and practices of arts management, primarily within the not-for-profit sector, but also in the commercial and government sectors. We discuss the broad context of arts in society in general and Canada in particular; a brief history of the arts in Canada, particularly as related to public policy and public institutions; the various elements of the "ecology" of the arts and culture in Canada, including artists, organizations, governments and agencies, and the various arts disciplines; the range of skills that arts managers must bring to their work; a survey of the types of careers available within the arts; and the artistic and administrative issues facing arts organizations in Canada today. Included in this course are elements of advocacy, arts education and community arts. This course supports students to build on foundational knowledge and develop discipline-specific skills through experiential methods and objective study.