The mission of Casablanca Consultants is to showcase the talent of Detroit and integrate the artistry toward community enrichment.

I get asked the question everyday: What is an “Arts Manager” and what do they do?

Good Question!!!

Arts Management is Integrating management with art to create something AMAZING

Detroit is a city alive with artistic vibrancy. Jazz, Theatre, Dance, Opera, Galleries. Another cultural renaissance is underway here. Excitement is in the air!

Everywhere I turn I run into artists who are doing fabulous work. But in order to get their work seen or displayed requires time and effort apart from their core talent. That’s where I come in as an arts manager. My role is to listen. To ascertain what it is the artist wants to do with their work.

Once that is established, I work hard with the artist to make that AMAZING thing happen.

Artists are dedicated to their craft, the content of what they do. Their passion. . .And they usually have a “day job” that pays the bills. That leaves little or no time to do anything else.

Casablanca Consultants work with artists in developing plans to establish and reach their short and long term goals. It’s like an alchemy: bringing art together with management

to get their art out,

to celebrate milestones,

to showcase their work and the city.


. . .So what is arts management?

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.