Capstone in Arts Management

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Students are required to complete a capstone project in order to earn the Master of Arts in Arts Management degree. Capstone works may take the form of a paper or a presentation.

The purpose of the capstone is to provide students with the opportunity to deepen, expand and demonstrate mastery of one area of arts management expertise. The capstone will expand on work undertaken in a completed arts management course or internship. Faculty will provide guidance and approve capstone topics.

The capstone is a required one-credit course. Students may register for the capstone after having completed all core course requirements for the Master of Arts in Arts Management degree.


Featured Capstones 2014 - 2017


Author FirstAuthor LastTitleArea of FocusAwards
KatieGreer Finding and Developing Prospects for Leadership Gifts in Arts Nonprofits
Fundraising and Development
AshleyGrammickManaging an Interdisciplinary Arts Program in a Hospital: A Case Study on the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities PorgramArts & Healing
AnikaKwinana Beyond a Seat at the Table: Diversity in Arts Organizations
Diversity and Inclusion
MicaelaLellMedia & Technology Labs in Art Museums: What Are They and How Are They Managed?Programming & ImplementationCapstone of the Year
HelenSantoroThe Art of the Business Improvement DistrictArts2017
PaulaMatallanaEnacting Creative Placemaking: A Case Study of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural DistrictsCreative Placemaking2017
ColleenArnold-FasoneTransforming Facilities: Multiuse Arts Centers and Adaptive ReuseArts2016
JulianaBaioniThe Transatlantic and Investment Partnership and its Potential Effects on German Symphony OrchestrasArts Advocacy/Policy
AlisonBeyrleFunding Challenges for Small, Community-Based Arts NonprofitsFundraising and Development
CartlandBurgeCommunity Engagement versus Audience Engagement: What is the Difference, and Why Does it Matter?Engagement and Evaluation
JuliaGrayChange to Address the Challenges of Measuring Arts Incubator SuccessEngagement and EvaluationCapstone of the Year 2015
KrystalOliverParticipatory Performing Arts Programming for Pediatrics in Healthcare Facilities: How Arts Organizations Can Best Prepare to EngageEngagement and EvaluationCapstone of the Year 2014
KellyPedersen Arts Participation Among Elder Groups and
Current Initiatives to Engage Underserved Sub-Populations
Engagement and EvaluationCapstone of the Year 2016
AmandaRodriguezThe Use of Social Media as a Tool for Audience Engagement: A Case Study of Woolly Mammoth Theater Company’s Social Media StrategyMarketing and PR2014
ZiquiZhangFundraising for Chinese Contemporary Art Museums: What can be Learned from U.S. Models?Fundraising and Development

Full List of Capstone Topics

SemesterYearFirst NameLast NameCapstone TitleKeywordVisual/Performing Arts
Fall2013Jordan Lewis The Role of Cultural Facilities in Creative PlacemakingEngagement and EvaluationInterdisciplinary
Fall2013Kai Sutton Leadership and Strategic Programming: A Case Study of DancePlaceProgramming and ImplementationPerforming Arts
Spring2014Cartland BergeCommunity Engagement versus Audience Engagement: What is the Difference, and Why Does it Matter?Engagement and EvaluationInterdisciplinary
Spring2014CatherineCarvajal How Strategic Planning Can Help Staff Move Through Organizational TransitionsGovernance and Leadership/ManagementInterdisciplinary
Spring2014YelenaGalperina Art Ambassadors: Cultural Diplomacy via the Visual Arts in Government and the Nonprofit and For-Profit SectorsArts Advocacy/PolicyVisual Arts
Spring2014JennyHarding Comparing Philanthropy for the Performing Arts in Scotland and The United StatesFundraising and DevelopmentPerforming Arts
Spring2014Kimberley Kemp Managing Socially Engaged TheaterManagementPerforming Arts
Spring2014Char Manlove-Laws Building Audiences for Experimental Theater Programs Engagement and EvaluationPerforming Arts
Spring2014Erica NachmanSocial Media Policies: What are They and Why do Organizations Need Them?Marketing and PRInterdisciplinary
Spring2014Krystal Oliver Participatory Performing Arts Programming for Pediatrics in Healthcare Facilities: How Arts Organizations Can Best Prepare to EngageProgramming and ImplementationPerforming Arts
Spring2014Laura PondBranding the Guest Experience: A Study of Youth Education in the ArtsEducationInterdisciplinary
Spring2014Nora Reilly Government Support for the Arts? Local Funding and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Fundraising and DevelopmentInterdisciplinary
Fall2014AlexBurrageCapital Building Projects in the ArtsOperationsInterdisciplinary
Fall2014CathyGuanAudience Development in U.S. Symphony OrchestrasEngagement and EvaluationPerforming Arts
Fall2014Zhengyao LuManaging US-China Cultural ExchangeManagementInterdisciplinary
Fall2014HeatherMundwilerVolunteering in the Arts: Overcoming Organizational Shortfalls Through a Well-managed Volunteer ProgramManagementInterdisciplinary
Fall2014Rou QuInteractional Applications for Art MuseumsEngagement and EvaluationVisual Arts
Fall2014ElaineSpiveySuccessful Management Practices of Public Art Programs: Contributing to Cultural Value and Community IdentityManagementVisual Arts
Spring2015EllieBeykzadehCompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act: Challenges and Opportunities for Arts OrganizationsOperationsInterdisciplinary
Spring2015CourtneyBuvidThe Role of the Board of Directors in Organizational ChangeGovernance and LeadershipPerforming Arts
Spring2015MinChenUsing Arts Education Programs to Expand Audiences for Community-based Arts OrganizationsEducationInterdisciplinary
Spring2015YinruChenHow Can Small Museums Connect with the Public? Participation at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and HistoryEngagement and EvaluationVisual Arts
Spring2015YiyingDongFundraising for Chinese Culture-based Organizations in the U.S.Fundraising and DevelopmentInterdisciplinary
Spring2015JuliaGrayJust Hatched: Developing a Theory of Change to Address the Challenges of Measuring Arts Incubator SuccessEngagement and EvaluationInterdisciplinary
Spring2015LauraHysonHow to Engage Young Adults in Nonprofit Arts OrganizationsEngagement and EvaluationInterdisciplinary
Spring2015JuliaKingPrison Performing Arts: A Case Study in Marketing a Community Arts OrganizationMarketing and PRPerforming Arts
Spring2015BrittanyMcNealAttracting Underrepresented Minorities to MuseumsMarketing and PRVisual Arts
Spring2015EmeeMorganA Comparative Case Study of Artist-Run Residency ProgramsManagementInterdisciplinary
Spring2015KourtneyRileyManaging a University GalleryManagementVisual Arts
Spring2015NiviShastriThe Role of Website Design in Enhancing Audience Experiences at Studio TheaterEngagement and EvaluationPerforming Arts
Spring2015DianeStancilThe Battle for Net Neutrality: How It Is an Arts Issue and How to Get Participation from the Arts CommunityArts Advocacy/PolicyInterdisciplinary
Spring2015MayaVastardisWhat Role Can Community Galleries Play in Creative Placemaking? An Arlington, VA Case StudyEngagement and EvaluationVisual Arts
Spring2015ZiquiZhangFundraising for Chinese Contemporary Art Museums: What can be Learned from U.S. Models?Fundraising and DevelopmentVisual Arts
Fall2015SeanCoxPreparing for the Impact of Labor Reform on Internships in DC’s Performing ArtsManagementPerforming Arts
Fall2015Lauren A.DouglasCrowdfunding for Non-profit Regional Theater Companies – A Plausible Alternative?Fundraising and DevelopmentPerforming Arts
Fall2015Jessica C.DupontPartnerships in Presenting: A Study of Challenges in Contemporary Dance Touring and Dance Presenters in Washington, DCProgramming and ImplementationPerforming Arts
Fall2015Noor Y.HamidaddinArt Jameel: Fostering Cross-Cultural Understanding through Cultural DiplomacyEngagement and EvaluationInterdisciplinary
Fall2015Harold JamesHarrisDesigning for Growth in a New Demographic – A Marketing Study of Pyramid Atlantic’s RelocationMarketing and PRVisual Arts
Fall2015Kathryn J.HarveyThe Artist Village of Old Redford, Detroit: A Creative Placemaking ModelProgramming and ImplementationInterdisciplinary
Fall2015Ngaire L.MartinezArtistic Collaboration Through the Use of Telepresence: Examples from the FieldProgramming and ImplementationInterdisciplinary
Fall2015MeganMerchantCommunity Engagement for Seniors: An Exploration of Potential Opportunities at The Anacostia Community MuseumEngagement and EvaluationInterdisciplinary
Fall2015Lorelei C.MitraniArts Integration: Best Practice Models for Potential PartnershipsProgramming and ImplementationInterdisciplinary
Fall2015KatherineAndrilThe Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Relationships with its Constituent Organizations and the City of AlexandriaGovernance and LeadershipVisual Arts
Spring2016Lorie LewisArt and Business Partnerships: Working within Corporate Responsibility ProgramsManagementInterdisciplinary
Spring2016Nicole PradasCreative Aging in Assisted LivingProgramming and ImplementationInterdisciplinary
Spring2016Elena ForbesStrategic Planning in Small and Mid-Sized Nonprofit Arts Organizations: Case Study of DancePlaceManagementPerforming Arts
Spring2016DejaGibsonTime for Change: A Case Study of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's Website RedesignMarketing and PRPerforming Arts
Spring2016ElizabethZagranskiWhy We Gather; Behind Women's Voices Theatre FestivalArtsPerforming Arts
Spring2016SharonKingThe Washington Women's Voices Theatre Festival: What Did It Actually Do to Help Solve the Gender Gap?ArtsPerforming Arts
Spring2016Emily WallPublic/Private Partnerships in Cultural Infrastructure ProjectsEngagement and EvaluationInterdisciplinary
Spring2016Ina DescartesDeveloping Exhibition Programs in Public MuseumsProgramming and ImplementationVisual Arts
Spring2016TianLuanStrategies to Produce an Effective Volunteer Program in the Nonprofit Arts: A Case Study of the Fairfax Choral SocietyProgramming and Implementation Performing Arts
Spring2016GinaCashiaToday's Interns, Tomorrow's Staff: The Challenges of Internship ProgramsProgramming and Implementation Interdisciplinary
Spring2016GabrielleWingateManaging an Effective and Efficient Docent Program: A Case Study of the National Portrait Gallery Docent ProgramProgramming and Implementation Visual Arts
Spring2016LuZhangCreating Better Internships in Museums: What Can China and the US Learn from One Another? Programming and Implementation Interdisciplinary
Spring2016KatyaFentsovaManaging Cultural Exchange Programs in a Changing Political Environment: The New Orleans Project in Russia, 2014Programming and Implementation Interdisciplinary
Spring2016Rachel NewdorfAre Large Fundraising Events Worth Their Return on Investment?Fundraising and DevelopmentInterdisciplinary
Spring2016Patrick SmithFor-proft, Nonprofit of For-profit With a Mission? Which is the Most Effective Business Model for Independent Game DevelopersManagementInterdisciplinary
Spring2016Charlotte MoriceHow Can Arts Integration Programs Benefit an Arts Organization? A Case Study of Wolf Trap Programming and Implementation Performing Arts
Spring2016Haolin LeiIncreasing Individual Giving for Chinese Performing Arts Organizations: Learning from the US Model at Xi'an Concert HallFundraising and DevelopmentPerforming Arts
Spring2016SarahChaconPublic/Private Partnerships in Federal Cultural InstitutionsArtsInterdisciplinary
Fall2016AshleyBenesBoard Building: Finding the Right Blueprint for Your OrganizationGovernance and LeadershipInterdisciplinary
Fall2016Olivia DesjardinsWays in which Executive Leadership May Affect Flexibility, Creativity, and Innovation in an Arts OrganizationGovernance and LeadershipInterdisciplinary
Fall2016SusanHopsonParticipatory Museum Programs: Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of ArtProgramming and ImplementationVisual Arts
Fall 2016Kerry KalebaCrafting Narratives: Marketing Folk and Traditional Arts Marketing and PRInterdisciplinary
Fall2016AllisonKeilmanMuseums and their Collections Management Software: A SurveyManagement Visual Arts
Fall2016JingweiLiEngaging Audiences Through Social Media at the National Museum of Women in the ArtsMarketing and PRVisual Arts
Fall2016Jessica MaffeyDemonstrating Accountability: A Guide for Arts Annual Reports Engagement and Evaluation Interdisciplinary
Fall2016Jennifer MartinelliViewing the Future of Visual Arts Education: Utilizing Videos to Enhance Visual Arts Participation and Education for the iGenerationEngagement and EvaluationVisual Arts
Fall2016MahekMehtaRebranding Arts OrganizationsMarketing and PRInterdisciplinary
Fall2016Colleen O'BrienA Model for Access: A Case Study of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ArtsPerforming Arts
Fall2016Kirsten ParkerDesign Template for the Creation of a New VSA Affiliated Organization: VSA RappahannockArts Interdisciplinary
Fall2016Erika ScottEquity in the Arts: A Look at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Interdisciplinary
Fall 2016Jennifer SowinskiFlexible Ticket Packages: The Subscription's Role in Today's TheatreMarketing and PRPerforming Arts
Fall2016GabrielleTokachArt & Audience Engagement: Classical and New Works in Regional TheatreProgramming and Implementation Performing Arts
Fall2016Elizabeth YuImproving the Higher Education Internship Experience: A Case Study of Joy of Motion Dance CenterProgramming and ImplementationPerforming Arts
Spring2017DevanCostello-MaysThe Art of Managing a Unionized WorkforceProgramming and ImplementationInterdisciplinary
Spring2017AlyssaCrumpBarriers to Arts Education Access: A Case Study of How Sitar Arts Center Addresses and Responds to Arts Education Access Barriers for Low Income AudiencesArts EducationInterdisciplinary
Spring2017SetarraKennedyDance At The Forefront of Creative PlacemakingArtsPerforming Arts
Spring2017RuoyunLiEvaluation for Arts Festivals: A Case Study of Workhouse Arts CenterEngagement and EvaluationInterdisciplinary
Spring2017KayleeMcMullanA Cultural District in South Arlington: Could It Benefit Area Arts Organizations?Engagement and EvaluationInterdisciplinary
Spring2017RebeccaMoonCultural Preservation Through Arts Programming: New Orleans Jazz CultureProgramming and ImplementationInterdisciplinary
Spring2017KathrynPerryWhat are the Management Implications of Social Justice Programming in the Performing Arts?Programming and ImplementationPerforming Arts
Spring2017JiYoung YunPerformance Enhancing Art Exhibition: A Case Study of Dana Tai Soon Burgess's Performance Program at the National Portrait GalleryProgramming and ImplementationInterdisciplinary
Spring2017XiaopingZhengThe Internal Communications Between Marketing and Development. How do They Cooperate With Each Other? Why Does it Matter?Marketing and PR and DevelopmentInterdisciplinary
Fall2017XuanChengArtist Residency Programs: Three Different Programs in The Torpedo Factory Art CenterProgramming and ImplementationVisual Arts
Fall2017ShimanHuHow Social Media Strategies Enhance Audience Engagement of Imported Musicals in China. A Case Study of the SevenAges Musical Production CompanyMarketing and Audience EngagementPerforming Arts
Fall2017NasimKhoshbinThe Digital Marketing Trifecta: Owned, Earned, and Paid Media - The Three Essential Components of a Successful Digital Marketing StrategyMarketingInterdisciplinary
Fall2017Hyung JaiLeeWhat The Korean Symphony Orchestra Could Learn From The New York Philharmonic's Marketing Strategy: A Comparative Analysis of the Orchestras' Social Media UtilizationMarketingPerforming Arts
Fall2017Katherine LambBuilding Arts Entrepreneurial Workshops: Whose Job Is It?Programming and ImplementationInterdisciplinary
Fall2017RuofeiLiCreative Placemaking: A Case Study of Challenges in Conservation and Revitalization Heritage in Hong KongCreative PlacemakingInterdisciplinary
Fall2017PeiChunLinWhere Asia Meets America: The Evaluation of Freer and Sackler's Grant Reopening FestivalEngagement and EvaluationVisual Arts
Fall2017XianxianLuoBranding: A New Marketing Strategy of Ocean of Poetry Arts CenterMarketingInterdisciplinary
Fall2017Ian StuartPatrickShakespeare Schools Foundation and National Theatre of Scotland: Exploring Venue Related Partnership Models for Theatre OrganizationsProgramming and ImplementationPerforming Arts
Fall2017JessicaPottsLegacy vs. Contemporary: A Comparison of Black Dance Digital PlatformsMarketingPerforming Arts
Fall2017LaurenSchickBreaking the Chain: The Loss of the Kansas Arts Commission and Its Effects on Funding the Kansas Arts SectorLocal Arts Funding and PolicyInterdisciplinary
Fall2017RachaelSifuentesHeurich House Museum and President Lincoln's Cottage: Reframing the Conversation of Nonprofit Board DiversityGovernance and LeadershipInterdisciplinary
Fall2017ShaSunTarget Audiences and Marketing Strategies: A Case Study of The Play-To Film Adaptation, Mr. DonkeyMarketingInterdisciplinary
Fall2017YaoyiSunFreer Film Friday After Hours Event As A Model: For Chinese Nonprofit Art MuseumsProgramming and ImplementationVisual Arts
Fall2017ZidaWangThe Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and The Hermitage Amsterdam Museum: A Case Study of International Branch Museums in Branding Strategy and Local RelationsBranding StrategiesVisual Arts
Fall2017ShiyingZangAudience Development in U.S. Beijing Opera Organizations: A Case Study of DC Beauty of Beijing OperaAudience Engagement and DevelopmentPerforming Arts