Festivals, art fairs, music concerts, dance exhibitions, poetry slams are just a few examples of the types of arts events that you will learn how to manage. Qualified arts events managers are needed to conceptualize, create, and implement public arts events as well as events designed for private enterprises. This course takes you through the processes needed for learning to plan and manage events, including both practical and theoretical applications.
This course can be applied toward:
LEAP 500 (Leadership in the Arts) or concurrent registration.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Event Studies, 2nd Ed. (2013)
- Fundamentals of Project Management, 4th Ed. (2012)
- The Arts Management Handbook (2011)
Brindle, M. and DeVereaux, C.
Please contact the CSU Bookstore for course material information.
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.