In a previous post, I gave my definition of Arts Management and my role as an arts manager. Feedback from that post suggested that perhaps a bit more concrete detail was warranted. Fair enough.
Building Community Through The Arts
There are many facets to Arts Management. We start with strategic planning and decision making. From there, we develop concrete strategies and plans to manage artists and arts and cultural organizations. These strategies include developing business plans and organizational development, board management, fund-raising and program development, which includes arts education programs and effective evaluation.
Effective management is the goal, with a view to position each client or institution in the largest possible social context. Arts Managers negotiate the real-world challenges of competing priorities, which involves reconciling aesthetic, managerial and economic considerations.
We develop and lead arts organizations, from mission definition, strategic planning, organizational development, program development, and resource generation, in the context of philosophical, political, and policy issues surrounding the administration of arts institutions in the United States today.
As an emerging field, the services that are provided by arts managers probably vary depending on the venue and the demographics in the community. However the goal of art management is the same wherever the locale, to build the community through the arts.