The 2018 conference takes place May 31 - June 2, 2018 in Houston, TX hosted by the University of Houston and the University of Houston - Downtown.
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Friday, June 1 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
African Americans Speak: Arts Administration Training, Education, and Opportunities Now and When

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African American professionals and graduates of arts administration programs have not found the same types of academic, professional and fellowship opportunities as peer graduates from the same academic programs. Many have relied on secondary academic degrees and studies in related subject areas such as art education, religious studies, art history, sociology, and museum studies as gateways to careers that merge community engagement and arts management. In many graduate arts administration programs, American students of color and ethnicity are fewer than international students enrolled in such programs. The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture has revealed a greater need for trained and skilled arts administrators of color with capacity to fill mid-career and senior management. Similarly, a range of career positions exist at African American cultural heritage museums and arts organizations but academic programs do not appear to have networking and career pathways to those institutions. Within the previous three years, the Association of African American Museums in partnership with Smithsonian Museums established internship initiatives with Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU) to promote and encourage academic training and curricula at undergraduate levels. Only one of 107 HBCUs, Howard University maintains a program in theatre arts management and Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) recently begun to offer courses in arts administrations. It is not clear if a certificate or degree is being established.  

This 75 minute session  will consist of African American professionals and graduates of academic programs in arts administration who will share their ideas and opinions for future directions in the field of arts management as it relates to people of color and ethnicity. The participants represent five different arts management programs spanning twenty five years from the mid-1990s to present. Additionally, the panel’s academic, professional, and research interests cover topics in education leadership, community engagement, gallery/museum studies, public policy and management, religious studies, and social welfare as these related to arts management and future leadership.


Quanice Floyd

Founder, Arts Administrators of Color Network

Keith D. Lee

Nonprofit and Arts Management Consultant, Independent Artist and Researcher
Keith D. Lee, M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., consults with public, private, and nonprofit agencies in the design of management infrastructures and projects to support community development and the arts. Dr. Lee earned a Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy from The Ohio State... Read More →

Friday June 1, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

Attendees (15)