Class of 2012
Morgan Arenson is Manager of Foundation and Government Relations at the Whitney Museum of American Art. While studying arts administration at Teachers College, she was a graduate intern in Foundation Relations at the Museum of Modern Art. Prior to TC, she led the Digital Media and Learning Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and was Operations Manager at Acker Merrall & Condit, a wine store and auction house. Morgan helped found No Limit Wines, a small winery in Santa Barbara currently selling its third vintage. She holds degrees in History from Harvard College and Brown University.
Class of 2010
The arts have been a persistent passion in Sarah's life. Sarah studied flute performance and later worked as a freelance musician. Sarah pursued the Arts Administration Program at Columbia University in order to further explore the connection between arts and social justice. While in the program, Sarah recalls benefiting from the invaluable connections she made with her inspiring classmates and professors and the access to the Business School, which led her to interest in social enterprise. Upon graduation, Sarah moved west to manage corporate partnerships for a San Francisco-based social enterprise called Spark, which seeks to combat the high school dropout crisis. For the past two years, Sarah has worked at Square, a global mobile payments company, where she leads community relations and internal communications. Sarah continues as an active performer, most recently performing and recording with Magik Magik Orchestra in San Francisco.
Class of 2009
Elizabeth Sullivan started dancing at age 8 and danced professionally with the Cleveland and Boston Ballet companies. After retiring from dance, Elizabeth got her Bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College and moved to Italy to run the Dartmouth College Rome Center. While writing her master's thesis for the Arts Administration Program at Columbia University, Elizabeth found her next calling: working with young dancers. Elizabeth developed a wellness curriculum, became a certified coach, and started her own company--The Dancer's Toolkit--to promote her work with dancers and dance schools. Sullivan credits the opportunity to pursue independent research for the master's thesis and the experience of working with an outstanding group of peers, as some of the most valuable aspects of her experience in the Arts Administration program.
Ivy Julease Newman
Class of 2008
Ivy Julease Newman is the founding Principal of The Viney Group, LLC - a boutique marketing management firm that services arts and cultural institutions. Her clients have included Stick Fly Broadway, Studio Museum in Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, among others. She has held various administrative positions at the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation, Richmond Ballet, Kaufman Center, Harlem Stage and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. She served as a panelist for the 2007 NYC Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference (New York University) and 2012 Videmus @ 25 Conference (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Ivy is also the author of A Space Called Chastity, which received the iUniverse Editor's Choice Award, the Rising Star Award and a feature on ESSENCE.com. While serving as a researcher with Columbia University Research Center for Arts and Culture, Ivy completed her thesis on black arts organizations and their intersection with black philanthropy. Of her time in the program, Ivy said: "the numerous experiences acquired in addition to my classes -- working alongside my advisor on a leading research study, and obtaining a work study position that suited my professional interests -- afforded me valuable hands-on opportunities under one roof. These experiences helped me to recognize the breadth of my skill sets, honing in on exactly what I wanted to do as an arts administrator."