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Visiting Lecture Series

The Bolz Center’s visiting lecture series plays an essential role in connecting program curriculum with professional practice. Each year, some of the most innovative and connected cultural professionals join us from around the country, bringing insight and experience to inform the business curriculum. This format has proven particularly successful in building professional networks, and in ensuring individual attention to the broad career and field interests of our students.

A Sampling of Recent Guest Speaker Visits Include:

Alnisa Allgood

Founder/Executive Director
Collaboration for Good

Bear Bellinger


Tom Borrup

Creative Community Builders

Sarah Brailey

Professional singer and Grammy Award-Winner

Alexandra Duffey Cubilette

Capacity Interactive

Erin Graham

President & CEO
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Derek Kwan

Executive Director
Lied Center of Kansas

Noel Miranda and Alejandro Miranda Cruz


Jack Reuler

Artistic Director
Mixed Blood Theatre

Sarah Sosa-Acevedo

Gift Planning Officer
Smithsonian Institution

Olivia Dahlquist

Marketing Manager, Brand & Strategy
NINE dot Arts

Porsha Olayiwola

Poet Laureate
City of Boston

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Bolz Center Collegium

Every other year during the fall semester, we invite our alumni, guest presenters, practitioners, and students to the Bolz Center Collegium, a convening and connection opportunity for learning and discussion on current topics and trends in and outside of the arts and nonprofit sectors.

Learn more about the Bolz Center Collegium

Arts Business Competition, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Arts Business Competition

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Business Competition encourages new thinking and innovative ideas. The campus-wide competition provides support for student-driven projects. Entrants develop and submit a detailed proposal for an arts event, exhibition, series, commercial venture, or other artistic project. The Division of the Arts is the presenter of the Arts Business Competition with support from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration.