The arts administration specialization in the Wisconsin MBA Program creates community leaders in arts and nonprofit organizations by facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between local institutions and our students. Arts administration students receive valuable real-world experience through consulting projects, conducted as capstone courses, in which they create strategic plans connecting communities, municipal leaders, and funding sources for culturally significant groups.
For example, second-year arts administration students engaged in a consulting project involving the creation of a community-wide strategic cultural plan for Kenosha, Wis. The project gave the students the opportunity to collaborate with key community stakeholders, including local artists, business leaders, the mayor, and other civic officials.
Another recent project involved broadening the community engagement of Shake Rag Alley, a lively arts education center in Mineral Point, Wis. Students created a plan for Shake Rag Alley to engage with untapped sectors in the community, and create new and sustainable activities to attract local support, and chart growth projections.