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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.