Skip to main content

Bolz Center for Arts Administration

Lead arts and nonprofits with strong business acumen

The Bolz Center for Arts Administration supports the first and longest running graduate program in arts administration in the world.

Named for the Bolz family in 1993, the generous gift from Robert, Anne, John (Jack), and Marian Bolz, and the Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Foundation, helped establish the Bolz Center as the leader in arts administration education.

The Bolz Center trains leaders who are curious, life-long learners. Through a focused curriculum, discussion, research, and analysis of arts and cultural nonprofit management, the Bolz Center refines the collective understanding of what it means to manage and lead in this challenging, rewarding, and ever-changing field.

The center also serves as a model for exploration through consulting projects, national initiatives, and experiences that engage our alumni and colleagues around the world.

Student-Centered, Industry-Relevant Approach

A woman smiling at a man while both are sitting at a table

Individualized Student Development

A degree in arts administration can take you in various professional and creative directions. Through academic and career advising, we work closely with you to understand your goals and help you on your career path.

A man sitting on a desk giving a presentation

Interdisciplinary Education

Managers and administrative leaders of arts organizations provide a bridge between art, artists, audiences, and the communities they serve. Our curriculum combines the tools of business: management, marketing, finance, accounting, operations, and negotiations with the tools of community building: fundraising, development, education, and outreach.

Students at a Bolz workshop

Practical Hands-on Experience

One of the highlights of the Bolz Center is intentional hands-on experiences that complement the formalized classroom experience. Students participate in applied learning activities, including trips, board leadership curricula and placement, and a year-long consulting project with a local organization or municipality.

Learn more about applied learning opportunities

Our Program

Students at a gallery

MA in Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership

This one-year, full-time program helps you fuse creative and business skills to build a career in arts administration or social sector leadership.

Learn more about the MA

Explore the Bolz Center

Center Leadership and Staff

Bolz Center faculty and staff deliver exceptional curriculum and applied learning opportunities for students. Our well-rounded team works tirelessly to ensure positive learning experiences for students.

Advisory Board

The Bolz Center Advisory Board provides guidance and support for the Bolz Center’s programs and projects, connects students to professional practice, and ensures a vital network in arts and cultural industries.

Meet our advisory board

Conferences and Symposia

The Bolz Center regularly hosts national conferences that are open to all. Recent events have included conversation and exploration around the growing attention to community and creative placemaking.

Learn more about conferences

Arts Business Initiative (ABI)

Launched in 2012 to address the needs of UW–Madison artistic and creative communities seeking business curricula.

Learn more about the Arts Business Initiative


Stay current with our blog and news articles.

Connect With Us

Contact Us

Contact us to learn more about the Bolz Center


Gifts to the Bolz Center are welcome year-round and make a lasting impact on the experiences that we are able to provide for our students.