International Arts Management

AMGT 599: International Arts & Cultural Relations Management in Paris & London

Winter Session: AMGT 599 (3 Credits – Graduate)

Students Abroad: January 2 – January 18, 2019

Led by Academic Director, Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay


During this course students will immerse themselves in international arts management strategies in Paris, France and London, United Kingdom. Students will gain a historical and cultural understanding of the diverse organizational styles found in various arts management organizations in both regions and their continuing impact on the performing and visual arts throughout the world. Our time abroad will include meetings with top arts managers and executives, policy experts, marketing and outreach directors, heritage and tourism officials, entrepreneurs, and artists; on-site observations and exclusive guided tours.

Class activities may include (but are not limited to): meetings, performances, and tours with the Paris Opera House and the Opéra Bastille, Rodin Museum, Centre Pompidou, Musee D’Orsay, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro, Champs de Mars, and the Sacre Couer. In London, we will explore the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Museum, British Museum, Sir John Doane Museum, British Library, National Theatre of England, The Globe Theatre, The Place (Dance), St. Martin-in-the-Field, the Southbank Arts Centre, and several West End Theatres. Optional Trips may include Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and a tour of Versailles.

Arts policy and funding models will be examined through meetings with organizations such as: UNESCO, The British Council, VisitBritain, The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in the UK, Ministry of Culture & Communication in Paris.

Our itinerary will be structured to allow students to explore additional arts venues and events according to their individual areas of interest and the surrounding regions during scheduled open time.

Anyone interested in learning more about international arts policy, marketing, fundraising, tourism management, and cross-disciplinary approaches to the arts will love this course!

Program Highlights

  • Meet with leading arts managers and executives, policy experts, marketing and outreach directors, heritage and tourism officials, entrepreneurs, designers and artists; on-site observations and exclusive guided tours.
  • Topics that will be explored include: economic drivers in the arts, marketing and community outreach, policy and fundraising strategies, the impact of Brexit on the arts, and day-to-day arts management and cultural relations challenges in both regions.

If you have any questions or if you need more information please email Academic Director, Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay, at


Scholarships and Funding for International Study

Many of our students have received funding through the Center for Global Education for the International Arts Management Courses.  Here are a few resources for funding your trip abroad.

Center for Global Education – Study abroad scholarships and other forms of funding

Office of Student Financial Aid – Loan, grant, and scholarship information for Mason students

Previous Trips

International Arts Management in The Netherlands & Belgium – Summer 2017

Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay and AMGT Program Director, Claire Huschle led the annual international study abroad course to The Netherlands and Belgium this past May and June 2017. This course allowed our AMGT students to engage, examine and explore Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Brussels and their rich historical and contemporary performing and visual arts management traditions. Our time abroad included guest lectures, discussions, on-site observations, exclusive guided tours and meetings with top executives, arts managers, cultural policy experts, entrepreneurs, designers and artists, which provided a broad understanding of how these diverse and forward-thinking countries develop and foster the performing and visual arts at home and abroad.

Organizations that we met with and toured in the Netherlands included: the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam Museum, the Mauritshuis, the Nieuw Institute for Architecture, and Eindhoven’s Strijp S, entrepreneurs and artists, as well as visits to several of Rotterdam’s famous contemporary architectural landmarks such as Markthal and the Cube Houses. Organizations in Belgium included: The Magritte Museum, Bozar – Palais des Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau Collection, the Royal Museums for Art and History – Musical Instruments Museum and the Theatre Royal Du Parc, among others. Arts policy and funding models were examined through meetings with: the Amsterdam Fund for Arts, DutchCulture, the Dutch Ministry of Culture at the Hague, Creative Europe (European Union), and the Steiermark (Austria) Deputy Director.

A special aspect of this course was our focus on cultural policy and our outreach to the European Union Culture leaders in Brussels. We had several informative meetings with the Deputy Directors of the European Union Department of Culture – Creative Europe program and their Cultural Policy representative. In addition, we met with the Deputy Director of the Steiermark Region of Austria. In each of these meetings we received firsthand information on current policy, programs, budgets and the European Union’s strategy for the future in regarding how they will protect and expand cultural offerings throughout the world.

International Arts Management in England and Ireland – Summer 2016

In May/June of 2016, fifteen students and Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay, travelled to London, England and Dublin, Ireland to take part in the International Arts Management: United Kingdom & Ireland summer course. Activities included: an in depth management discussion with members of the executive staff at the Old Globe Theatre and a tour of the Globe Theatre and the exhibitions; tours of the Royal National Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, British Library, National Museum of Ireland, The James Joyce Center, among others); and meetings with executive staff members at Dance UK, Irish Writers Centre, Dublin Writers Museum, Project Art Centre Dublin, Abbey Theatre, and AMGT alumni living abroad. Students attended performances including: Doctor Faustus (Starring Kit Harington of Game of Thrones) on the West End, The Taming of the Shrew and Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe Theatre, Sunset at the Villa Thalia at the Royal National Theatre, several productions at the Udderbelly Festival, a production of Town is Dead at the Abbey Theatre, and an Irish Céilí in Dublin. We also took part in the world-famous Bloomsday event that included performances, music performances, and a walking tour in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, the central character in James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Optional excursions included day trips to Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge, and the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Studios in England; the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the Dark Hedges and Dunluce Castle of Game of Thrones fame and Howth (an historic fishing village), Trinity College/Book of Kells, Coronation Celebration Evensong at Westminster Abbey, The National Leprechaun Museum, The General Post Office, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, the Ha’penny Bridge, and O’Connell Street as well as other areas that commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

International Arts Management in The Netherlands – Summer 2015

In May and June of 2015 Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay, AMGT Program Director, Claire Huschle and twelve AMGT and Department of Art History students traveled to The Netherlands. During our time abroad we explored over a twenty different arts venues, museums and municipal, state and national arts funding and policy organizations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven and the surrounding areas.

Visual arts and design venues included: the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam Museum, Mauritshuis in The Hague; the Nieuw Institute for Architecture, The Volkshotel, Droog Design & Hotel, the First Friday KunstBlock, and Eidhoven’s Strijp S. Performance venues included: the Holland Festival, the annual Open House at the National Opera & Ballet, and Codarts University for the Arts. Arts policy and funding models were also examined through meetings with the Amsterdam Fund for Arts, DutchCulture – Centre for International Cooperation, and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science at The Hague.

Additional activities included a guided walking tour of Rotterdam’s famous contemporary architectural landmarks of the “Manhattan of the Maas” that included, De Calypso, Bibliotheek Rotterdam, the Cube Houses, Markthal, the Euromast, and Old Harbor area. Optional activities that students enjoyed included harbor and canal cruises in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Anne Frank House, the Amsterdam Maritime Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Witte de With Art Center, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, the Sonneveld House, the Houseboat Museum, the Jordaan Market, Vondelpark, and the Begijnhof. Many also enjoyed excursions to Delft, Utrecht and Leiden and a trip to explore the windmills of the Netherlands.

“I chose the Netherlands trip as the final class in my Arts Management degree and was so glad I did! My past two years of studies provided a solid understanding of the concepts and ideas we encountered. Our meetings with Dutch arts managers resulted in lively and informative discussions that touched on so many subjects–from arts policy and creative place-making to marketing and fundraising. Learning about the rich cultural heritage of the Netherlands and viewing amazing 17th century Dutch masterpieces was something I’ll never forget!” – Maya Vastardis (MA 2015)

Mason Arts Management students have the chance to study the arts in a global context through our faculty led study abroad programs.

International Arts Management in the UK – Summer 2014

In June of 2014, Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay and fifteen students traveled to London, England to take part in the International Arts Management in the United Kingdom summer course. This course allowed students to engage, examine and explore London’s rich historical and contemporary performing and visual arts management traditions in one of the most culturally dynamic and diverse international cities in the world.

Our time in London included guest lectures, exclusive tours, on site observations, networking opportunities, workshops and field trips to over a dozen performing and visual arts organizations. Organizations we met with and/or toured included the National Theatre of England, National Portrait Gallery, The Globe Theatre, The Bush Theatre, St. Martins-in-the-Field, Dance UK, Tate Modern Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Performances we attended included Titus Andronicus at The Globe Theatre, Blithe Spirit, featuring Angela Lansbury, at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Incognito at The Bush Theatre, Hotel at the National Theatre and Heads South Jazz performance at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Optional excursions included the Opening of Parliament parade, day trips to Greenwich (Thames River tour), Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Studios, and a five-day trip to Edinburgh and Loch Lomond, Scotland.


Arts Policy in Sao Paulo, Brazil – Summer 2013

Dr. Carole Rosenstein and four arts management graduate students visited Sao Paulo, Brazil as a part of their study of Comparative Cultural Policy. The program was created together with two faculty members from the University of Sao Paulo Department of Cinema, Radio and Television: Professor Esther Hamburger, who studies the social impact of media and who, for more than  twenty years, has been a media analyst for the daily newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo; and Carlos Augusto Calil, who also teaches at USP and, for ten years, was Director of the Municipal Department of Culture, Sao Paulo. They visited arts and cultural facilities large and small, talked with artists and cultural policy makers, and traveled to Latin America’s largest classical music festival in Campos do Jordao.