March 2, 2020: ARAD Distinguished Speaker Series, with Dr. Michael Mason, Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage: "Cultural Sustainability at the Smithsonian: How a Framework for Relationships, Understanding, and Action Transformed a Fifty-Year-Old Institution".
Held on April 19, 2023
From Data to Decisions: An Overview of Tessitura is designed to introduce students and emerging leaders to the capabilities of the Tessitura customer relationship management system. The discussion provides a broad overview of the features and functionality of Tessitura as well as explore the reports and tools that arts professionals rely on to inform strategy and make decisions. The workshop will be facilitated by Audrey Lucas and Jeremy Dewey, who collectively have over 25 years of experience in the cultural sector impacting artists, audiences and communities.
Held on April 6, 2023
This talk establishes a definition of public art, its many components and how artists, communities, institutions and municipalities leverage it as a tool for social engagement, civic pride, and economic development.a
Held on February 23, 2023
This microcourse was a hands-on workshop providing a foundation for organizing, synthesizing, and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data. Students learned basic Excel functions and were given an introduction to more advanced tools. The session also provided a more advanced study on the practice of telling stories through numbers, with students learning how to draw insights out of data and the best methods of expressing those learnings in a compelling visual.
Held on January 23, 2023
The dynamics of power relations in the global art world are structured by the struggles for inclusion and exclusion and for positioning and position-taking. Using the instrumentalities of ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, and sexual identities, dominant agents control access and reproduce hegemony by monopolizing legitimation. In his Distinguished Speaker Series event, Dr. Jonathan Adeyemi discusses issues raised and addressed in his 2022 book, Contemporary Art from Nigeria in the Global Markets: Trending in the Margins.
Held on November 2, 2022
Are there ‘the right’ criteria for evaluating success in the cultural field? Does one’s understanding of culture matter for arts administration? In his talk, Visiting Scholar Dr. Piotr Firych introduced his research and views on the concept of Audience Development as well as discuss how values can change the way cultural professionals perceive their work.
Held on May 3, 2022
Paloma Estevez, Senior Manager of Artistic Programming at Lincoln Center for the Arts, engages students in a conversation about the role of arts managers and producers in building a more equitable field.
Held on February 23, 2022
This microcourse had two sections: defining digital engagement (what) and developing digital purpose (why). Participants developed a working definition of digital engagement and explored the practice across multiple genres to identify trends and inspiration for their own work, then designed a digital strategy framework to be applied to or serve as a foundation to develop a more robust strategic plan.
July 30, 2020
September 25, 2020
Arts Administration During the Pandemic featured leading data scientists, researchers, and arts advocates in a discussion about how cultural organizations are responding to the challenges of our contemporary moment. With speakers from the American Alliance of Museums, LaPlaca Cohen, SloverLinett, and SMU DataArts.
Held on October 15, 2020
Jeremy Dewey, Director of Development at the Center for the Creative Arts, led this is a hands-on, interactive workshop designed to introduce the capabilities of the Tessitura CRM system. Attendees had the opportunity to work directly in the database in order to gain an understanding of system features and explore how arts leaders can use Tessitura customer data to achieve organizational goals.
The recording of the “Scenario Planning for Organizational Sustainability” microcourse held on November 20, 2020, and led by Dr. Brent Reidy, Senior Director, Digital Research of the New York Public Library.
Using Raiser’s Edge as a backdrop, this microcourse led by Bridget Mendoza, Chief Information Officer at Whitney Museum of American Art, introduces the basics of data management including data collection, maintenance, privacy and security considerations. Ms. Mendoza explores how different institutional departments (Education, Membership, Visitor Experience) can use data to support institutional goals and inform decision-making processes.
This hands-on session introduces the power of Excel pivot tables. We’ll dig into how pivot tables enable the ability to quickly summarize and analyze data sets and build pivots to evaluate attendance trends and constituent engagement. Whether new to working with data or well into your data journey, learning to use pivot tables is a skill that is transferable across organizations and data sets.