ARBB 1052 - Arts Leadership and Management

  • Noncredit
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Leadership and management of arts enterprises requires different knowledge and skills than leading and managing other kinds of enterprises, such as grocery stores, insurance companies, restaurants, or non-profit organization unrelated to the arts. Arts enterprises differ from other enterprises in that individuals seek a unique kind of experience or enrichment from the arts than they do from other kinds of organizational engagement. In addition, leaders in arts enterprises work with artists as well as the general public. Bridging interaction and experiences between the two requires a special kind of thinking about the process. In this final course, you will explore some of those ideas through a variety of resources. Through reflection and discussion you will gain a deeper understanding of these issues, their importance, and how they might apply to you.

In this final course of the ABLE Fellows Program, you will make connections to what you’ve learned in all the other courses, and prepare for the submission of your completed portfolio requirements to earn the mastery badge and certificate. You take a huge leap in becoming an educated and prepared creative professional in your organization! You will explore arts management in a greater context of cultural manager as global citizen and considering your place in the larger conversation of arts organizations.

Through this course, you will be able to:
• Successfully compile and submit individual components of the ABLE Fellows Mastery Badge portfolio requirement.
• Make connections between issues in arts management and leadership and the development of effective practices.
• Assess your skills in arts management.

Note: The Arts Leadership and Management course is designed to be taken last in the entire ABLE Fellows Program. There are no course sequence restrictions built into the process of registration for this course. Please be mindful of this highly encouraged course sequence recommendation.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Textbooks and Materials

All materials are supplied within the online course.


Constance DeVereaux

(970) 491-3902 |

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.