Professional Development and Fundraising Event Production

Posted: November 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm, Last Updated: June 21, 2016 at 3:13 pm

The Graduate Arts Management Society (GAMS) kicked off the fall semester by partnering with the George Mason University Confucius Institute to produce a special performance of Winds from the Grassland at Mason’s Arts by George! gala. This annual event serves as a fundraiser for student scholarships and aims to highlight the various concentrations in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Winds from the Grassland showcased Chinese Inner Mongolian performing arts, featuring dance and two singing styles honored by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as intangible cultural heritage. By partnering with the Confucius Institute on this project, arts management students were able to effectively demonstrate the skills and practices involved in fundraising and event production that they have been learning in the program.

In October, GAMS took a small group of students to Baltimore for a day of professional development. In the morning, students visited The Walters Museum, where they were able to view the collection that features art from the Americas, Ethiopia, Japan, Europe, South Arabia, and other cultures across the centuries. Later that day, students caught a matinee performance of Everyman Theater’s production of August Wilson’s “Fences.” After the performance, students were treated to a tour of the theater and a post-show discussion with the organization’s managing director, Jon Waller.  Fairly new to the position of managing director, Mr. Waller provided some great insight about his transition into the role, and answered questions about his career path and best practices in the industry.