Arts Management Graduate Students

 

George Mason University arts management graduate students come from a variety of backgrounds including: visual arts, performing arts, art history, communications and marketing, english, anthropology, history, and film.  We invite you to explore this page to learn more about who our students and alumni are, the work they are undertaking in the arts, and what inspired them to pursue a master’s degree in arts management.

Class Profile
Average work experience: 5 years
Full-time students: 64%
Average class size – 15 students

 


Featured Student Profiles

Devan Costello-Mays Graduate Arts Management

Devan Costello-Mays is passionate about the relationship between technology and patron engagement.

Devan Costello-Mays

Master’s candidate in George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Operations Specialist, Apple 

What specific area of Arts Management is your focus

I am primarily focused on the performing arts, and more specifically orchestral music. I started playing piano in third grade and then switched to strings in fifth grade. Music, viola, and orchestra have always been a part of my life and I don’t think I would be the person I am today without them.

What inspires you as an art leader?

I am most passionate about building and sustaining audience engagement and loyalty for arts organizations through meaningful interactions with people on social media and through website design….read more

Becca Moon George Mason Arts Management

Becca Moon is a visual artist who supports emerging artists’ works

Becca Moon

Master’s candidate in George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Graduate Professional Assistant at Fenwick Gallery

What specific area of Arts Management is your focus

Visual Arts. I have always been particularly drawn to modern and contemporary abstract works. I also have a deep affection for Art History. It’s really exciting to see a piece of art and learn about its background and the context behind its creation.

What inspires you as an art leader?

The support of contemporary art, particularly emerging artists. Throughout undergrad I witnessed incredible pieces created, and talented artists emerge. Entering the art world can be a daunting experience for new artists…read more

Samantha Cooke George Mason Arts Management

Samantha Cooke is an arts manager who enjoys implementing action-oriented projects and ideas

Samantha Cooke

Master’s candidate in George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Department Assistant, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University 

What inspires you as an art leader?

Action. Seeing art, art makers, and art supporters in action. Too often we take for granted that art and artists are all around us. I want to help open peoples’ eyes to this prospect, to engage people in art in ways they may not have considered before.

What specific area of arts management is your focus?

I really enjoy working with non-profits. My background and my interests are in the visual arts. I am very interested in small arts organizations. I would love to be a consultant for new and growing arts organizations!…read more

Helen Santoro George Mason Arts Management

Helen Santoro is a music teacher turned community activator.

Helen Santoro

Master’s candidate in George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Intern, Del Ray Community Partnership

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

My “dream big” scenario is moving to a smaller town that does not have an active arts community, and creating one! I’m not sure where and when this dream will take shape, but its what drew me to my current internship and what is driving me to succeed.

What specific area of arts management is your focus?

Marketing and community relations. I’d like to be able to reach audiences that have been marginalized unintentionally (or intentionally) in order to create…read more

Anika Millhouse is interested in role that the arts can play in socio-economic development.

Anika Millhouse is interested in role that the arts can play in socio-economic development.

Anika Millhouse

Master’s candidate in George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Event Manager, Special Programs and Services

What topics in the arts are you most passionate about and why?

I am most passionate about creative economies and arts-based placemaking because they are community-driven.

What inspires you as an arts leader?

Creativity in all forms, but especially performance. I love the way that the arts can inspire people in whatever they do in life…read more

Kaylee maintains two jobs, a position in student leadership, and full-time study.

Kaylee McMullan

Master’s candidate in  George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Box Office Associate, Signature Theatre, Arlington

Student Assistant, George Mason Arts Management Program

What inspires you as an arts leader?

I think about the emotional impact music has had on my life. There are times were it has frustrated me, brought me to tears. But more than anything else it has brought me immense joy, happiness, and peace. My ability to help other artists share this exact experience- that is my driving force…read more

Lauren Square

Lauren is inspired by cultural exchange. Photo by Mark Hoelscher

Lauren H. Schick

Master’s candidate in George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Visitor Services Associate, Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens

Assistant, Confucius Institute US Center

Do you have a secret talent?

My secret talent is that Mandarin Chinese is my second language. I actually started learning it in an immersion program at age five, and have really gained a lot of appreciation for the arts and cultural exchange through the experience of learning a new language…read more

Haolin Lei

Haolin Lei is an international student from China with a passion for traditional arts.

Haolin Lei

MA (2016), George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Assistant, Xi’an Concert Hall

What inspires you as an arts leader?

“Chinese Culture and my family. A lot of Chinese arts and culture have disappeared in my generation. I want more people to know about them and pay more attention to traditional arts and culture…”

Haolin Lei is passionate about promoting and sharing the intangible cultural heritage of China. He started his career in the arts as a performer, promoting Chinese culture and the art of the Tang Dynasty…read more

Jennifer balances a full-time job and her graduate studies.

Jennifer balances a full-time job and her graduate studies.

Jennifer Sowinski

Master’s candidate in George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Box Office Manager, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company

Why did you decide to go to grad school for arts management?

After working in theater production for several years, I knew I wanted to create opportunities for myself to move up in the field. I felt that the best way to get the knowledge I needed to have those opportunities was by continuing my education in arts management.

What is an average day like for you?

I work full time during the days at Woolly Mammoth. In the evenings, I’m usually doing…read more

Dalton Lamberth and Olivia Desjardins volunteering at State of the Art DC.

Dalton Lamberth

Master’s candidate in George Mason University’s Arts Management Program

Administrative/Marketing Assistant, Jane Franklin Dance

What topics in the arts are you most passionate about and why?

I am passionate about the role of the arts in schools. I came from an area where the arts were mainly an afterthought. I would see other students with artistic talents that became stagnant. People who could not afford private instructors suffered the most.

What specific area of arts management is your focus?

My focus currently is in marketing. It is my belief that marketing and brand should…read more