Instructors: Kimberly Detterbeck, Art Librarian, Purchase College (SUNY) Michael Matos, Assistant Librarian, American University Library
Arts Management is a young, rapidly growing discipline and profession that requires its practitioners and scholars to not only be well-versed in the visual and performing arts, but also to be skilled in various aspects of business, law, communication, and technology. As stated by the Association of Arts Administration Educators, “managers and administrative leaders of arts organizations provide a bridge between art, artists, and audiences. They combine the tools of business—management, marketing, financial accounting, operations, negotiation—with the tools of community-building—fundraising, development, education, outreach, volunteerism, partnership—to make thriving and vital spaces for arts and culture.” The seventh "Postcards from the Edge" workshop will emphasize these aspects of arts management that fall outside the confines of the arts, and delve into the research methods and resources that arts managers and administrators employ in the field and in the academy.
This hands-on workshop exemplifies the mission of the Postcards from the Edge series in that the resources covered and demonstrated are not “art” resources that art librarians are commonly called upon to collect, use, and integrate into teaching and learning. Attendees will learn the history, issues, and trends within arts management and gain familiarity and experience with fundamental print and electronic resources in the field. The audience for this workshop is information professionals (librarians, visual resource center faculty and staff, and archivist) who serve arts management departments at their institutions. Additionally information professionals who work at art institutions who employ arts managers such as theaters, dance companies, art educational institutions, and museums (of which Washington, D.C. has many) are especially encouraged to attend and share their own experiences.