Exploring Arts Management from NYC to DC

Posted: February 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm, Last Updated: February 25, 2016 at 11:29 am

In January, several arts management students, including Graduate Arts Management Society (GAMS) Vice-President Kerry Kaleba, Tian Luan, Sha Sun, Zhuohui Li, and Xiaoping Zheng, traveled to New York to volunteer and participate in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference. The five-day conference features professional development and networking opportunities, business development, and exciting performances. The conference provided a fascinating jump-start to the spring semester for many students.

On February 6, GAMS assisted the Mason Arts Management program in hosting a “Making Connections: Transforming Arts Leadership” event at the Hamiltonian Gallery, “Running an Artist-centered Organization – What Artists Want you to Know.” An expert panel including visual artists Peter Winant, Zac Willis and Carolina Mayorga, as well as arts managers Amanda Jiron-Murphy, Gallery Director at Hamiltonian Gallery, and Morgan West, founder of A Creative DC, participated in a discussion on running artist centered organizations. Students, Emily Wall, Elena Forbes, and Tian Luan reached out to fellow arts students at American University in an effort to strengthen the relationships between students in these programs.

It’s been an exciting few months for GAMS as we dive into a new semester and welcome a new cohort of students. GAMS held its first monthly happy hour on January 29 with a goal of connecting students from each cohort in an informal, friendly environment. For the next happy hour, GAMS President Ashley Benes invites students to join her for brunch at Lyon Hall in Arlington on Saturday, February 27 at 10:00am. Make sure you email Ashley at abenes@gmu.edu if you’d like to join!

Written By: Emily Wall (GAMS Connectivity Chair)

Edited by: Tracey Bell