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Arts ManagementAre you highly organized with a passion for creativity? Do you want to empower artists of all types to succeed in their chosen career? Are you a visual or performing artist who wants to learn more about what it takes to work for an arts organization?

Consider a career in Arts Management, the business of the arts.

Degree offered

  • Minor in Arts Management

About Arts Management

Arts Management focuses on the business operations and management of any arts organization or artist. Arts organizations can range from large institutions like museums, operas, symphonies, and ballets to small organizations like service-based nonprofits, art galleries, concert venues or music companies. Arts management is also helpful for anyone preparing for an artistic profession. This minor will provide insight into the business side of the arts so you can manage your own career.

Allison Benton outside Rutherfordton Visual Arts Guild
Arts Management minor Allison Benton ’21 stands outside the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center where she interned.

Since its founding in 1889, Converse has had a profound relationship with the arts. Our art department was developed in 1924 by renowned southern artists August and Irma Cook. Since then we’ve hosted some of the greatest performers of the 20th century in Twichell Auditorium, introducing fine arts instruction to generations of children, and producing dynamic new collaborations such as our recent original graphic-novel-styled opera. You could say the arts just run in our blood.

  • More than 12 arts organizations make Spartanburg a true arts town with great internship opportunities
  • Immerse yourself in the collaborative arts culture of the interdisciplinary School of the Arts
  • Build your resume and gain hands-on experience through projects in the community

Internships

Spartanburg is an arts town. From the $42 million Chapman Cultural Center to small arts nonprofits, there are a myriad of opportunities for on-the-job learning in the arts. While we have ample opportunities in our own backyard and across the region, Converse students may also choose to participate in out-of-state internship opportunities during the summer and Jan term.

Intern Lillie Kieken

Lillie Kieken ‘22 was an intern at GLOW Lyric Theatre in Greenville, SC. Founded in 2009, GLOW Lyric Theatre is a professional, non-profit organization whose mission is to produce fiscally responsible opera, operetta and musical theatre that is in direct response to the social and political climate of South Carolina. Lillie assisted with donor management, marketing, and the box office. Her experience included managing social media marketing campaigns for the summer season, securing silent auction packages, communicating with donors and partners, as well as assisting with front of house management.

Angel Fodor

Angel Fodor Jenkins ‘18 was an intern at The Upstairs Art Space in Tryon, NC. Founded in 1978, The Upstairs Artspace is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery that exhibits two- and three-dimensional art and craft by leading artists of the Southeast, particularly, the Carolinas, as well as artists nationally and globally. Angel assisted with managing the annual Art Trek, an exhibition and Open Studios weekend showcasing local artists. In her second semester interning with The Upstairs, Angel took a lead role securing donors of artworks for the annual 100×100 fundraiser. After graduating with a BFA in Studio Art and minors in Arts Management and Art History, Angel was selected as one of three 2018 Brandon Fellows at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts and is currently working full time in her field.

The Arts Management minor will prepare you to lead and manage arts and cultural organizations. In this program you will develop your capacity as an executive, fundraiser, planner, marketer, and financial manager in the nonprofit and for-profit arts.

Upon completion of the Arts Management minor, you will have:

  • A basic knowledge of visual art, theatre, music and dance
  • A foundation in management and leadership of an arts organization, including board management and development
  • Skills in fundraising, including grant writing
  • Understand the fundamentals of marketing and community development

Art ManagementThe Arts Management minor will prepare you for a career through course assignments that mimic professional experiences. You will learn how to write a grant, create a successful marketing plan, build a fundraising campaign and manage a nonprofit board both through your coursework and a required internship.

This minor is highly recommended for all majors in the Converse College School of the Arts, but is open to every student at Converse College as well.

Sample Courses

  • Arts Management and Organizational Structure
  • Arts Leadership & Program Development
  • Professional Internship in Arts Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Art Appreciation
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Music Appreciation
  • American Popular Music
  • Film Music

Arts Management Minor Worksheet

For full course requirements, see the academic catalog.

What are common careers in Arts Management?

  • Marketing
  • Arts Administration
  • Curator
  • Museum Director
  • Music Venue Manager
  • Opera Director
  • Fundraising
  • Art representative (visual artists and musicians)

Arts Management Stories

Converse College offices will be closed Thursday, December 19 through January 1. Offices will reopen January 2 at 8:30 am.
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