The world of arts management swirls around projects. From the customer commission to an art installation to building a website, the creative professional lives in moments of project conceptualization to project completion. Project planning is an essential skill for anyone in business whether you are involved in the arts or any other kind of enterprise. The difference between success and failure in management is often the difference between planning and not planning.
No matter the scope or size of the project, the more prepared leader will be the more successful leader. This course provides an introduction to project planning to familiarize you with the steps needed to conceptualize and implement a project. You will learn about developing a project schedule, funding your project, and the basic elements of a business plan. You will draw on what you learn to craft a project plan from problem statement to implementation, as well as practice professional writing which is valuable in other nonprofit skill building courses in this program, including mission statement writing, grant writing, and constructing a fundraising plan.
Through this course, you will be able to:
• Identify the steps of creating a project plan.
• Better understand the scope of projects in arts management and identify the potential challenges of projects.
• Conceptualize a project from problem statement to implementation.
• Write an effective project plan that is clear and comprehensive enough for others to follow.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbook and Materials
Required texbook - Brindle, M & DeVereaux, C (2011). The Arts Management Handbook: New Directions for Students and Practitioners. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0765617422.
In addition to managing arts organizations, Constance DeVereaux has worked as an arts management consultant, arts advocate, and researcher. She brings both applied and philosophical dimensions to the program, and is an international expert in arts and cultural policy. She served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in both policy and management at universities in Finland, South Africa, and Romania. DeVereaux created the arts management master's program at Claremont Graduate University and the arts management minor at Northern Arizona University, and is the former director of the arts administration program at Shenandoah University. She also lectures internationally on arts management and policy topics and is a frequent presenter at international conferences. Her research interests include cultural citizenship and the arts, culturally sustainable entrepreneurship, arts management practices, and everyday aesthetics. In addition to her academic pursuits, DeVereaux is an award-winning feature reporter for public radio.