An enduring question regarding leadership is whether it comes naturally to only some individuals or is it developed by habit through practice, or is it something that can be learned. In the arena of arts management and policymaking, the question is more important given the dynamic nature of the arts and their profile in contemporary society.
This course takes as its purpose the development of leadership principles and skills through theoretical exploration and practical application. Students will encounter important leadership theories for learning and reflection, methods for studying and applying leadership, and opportunities through peer interaction to develop their own capacities for leadership in local and international art systems. Student seeking leadership career positions or who wish to augment their leadership acumen will find this course particularly useful.
Senior or graduate standing
Jill Stilwell brings 25 years of public sector arts and culture experience to LEAP. During her tenure as the cultural services director for the City of Fort Collins, Jill oversaw the Lincoln Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, the Art in Public Places program, the Gardens on Spring Creek, the Creative Center, and administered an arts-granting program. Jill spent 10 years as a museum director and curator and continues to teach museum studies courses. Jill has real-world experience and expertise in managing and operating cultural facilities and programs, cultural planning, arts policy, public art, cultural capital projects, fundraising and grant writing, community engagement, and nonprofit arts management.
Jill was instrumental in Fort Collins receiving the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award and most recently led the effort for State certification of the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District in 2016. Jill has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Denver.