Professional Development

Professional Development

The ARAD program supports student professional development in myriad ways described below, including the Microgrant Program for Student Professionalization, Distinguished Speakers Series, Microcourses, and visiting speakers to our core and elective classes. 

 

In-house, and presently led by our professional development coordinator, the ARAD program also hosts workshops and networking events. Past opportunities include our Internship Fair and ARAD Student + Alumni Mixer, as well as workshops on LinkedIn Basics, Mock Interviews, Resume & Cover Letter Development, Setting Goals & Finding Mentors,  and Networking. While focused on our current students, many of these are also open to ARAD alumni.




Microgrant Program for Student Professionalization

Through the Microgrant Program, ARAD proudly supports student professionalization activities on campus and beyond. This award champions special projects and conference attendance proposed by individual students in the ARAD program, as well as by Teachers College student groups with ARAD student membership. Applications are invited at the beginning of each semester through an open call process and vetted by an ARAD faculty and staff selection committee.

 

Past recipients have used their grants to support students attending Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC; presenting papers at professional conferences and leadership summits; and providing streaming video access to on-campus conferences. ARAD Microgrant recipients can be found here.

 

Distinguished Speakers Series

ARAD is home to the Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS), an invitational program that features topical presentations by arts administrators working in the arts and culture sector. Recent speakers include Dael Orlandersmith, actress, poet and award-winning playwright; Michael Mason, Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Danielle King, Director of Cultural Program at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Carl Sylvestre, Director of Development at Theatre Forward; Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director at Prospect New Orleans/US Biennial; Elaine Delgado, Director of Individual Giving at The Tenement Museum; and Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. DSS talks are free and open to the public. Please check the Events section of our Home page for upcoming events.

 

Microcourses

ARAD Microcourses are interactive, multiple-hour sessions that explore arts administration topics currently not offered in the curriculum. These are open to students and alumni, as well as to members of the wider arts administration community in NYC. Recent microcourse topics include "The Basics of Data Manipulation & Data Visualization" led by Clive Chang, Director of Strategy & Business Development for Disney Theatrical Group, "An Intro to Tessitura" with Brian Feldman, Director of Business Development at the Tessitura Network; "Digital Strategy in the Arts," led by Vince Ford, Head of Digital and Strategic Initiatives at the New York Philharmonic; "Organizational Psychology & Arts Organizations," with Dr. Alex De Voogt, Curator at the American Museum of Natural History; and "Putting Audience Research & Evaluation to Strategic Use in the Arts," led by Sarah Lee, President of Slover Linett Audience Research. Please check the Events section of our Home page for upcoming events.

Visiting Speakers

For more information about the visiting speakers who participated in the ARAD  Distinguished Speakers Series, Microcourses, and ARAD classes, please see the bios below.



Brooke Davis Anderson

Brooke Davis Anderson

Executive Director, Prospect New Orleans

Alaine Arnott

Alaine Arnott

Former Senior Administrator for Education and Concerts & Lectures, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Client Manager, ACME Technologies

Ron Austin

Maria Bauman

Maria Bauman

Former Associate Artistic Director, Urban Bush Women; Artistic Director, MBDance

Chantal Bernard

Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnership & Corporate Relations The New York Botanical Garden

Helene Blieberg

Helene Blieberg

Former Interim Executive Director, Ballet Hispanico; Principal, Helene Blieberg Associates LLC

Courtney Blackwell Burton

Courtney Blackwell Burton

Managing Director of Operations, Julliard Global Ventures

Martha Chapman

Co-director, Omega Dance Company

Carolyn Charpie Fagan

Carolyn Charpie Fagan

Education Programs Manager, New Victory Theater

Arthur Cohen

Arthur Cohen

Chief Executive Officer, LaPlaca Cohen

Marie Clapot

Associate Museum Educator for Accessibility at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Adrian Danchig-Waring

Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

Alexander De Voogt

Alexander De Voogt

Assistant Curator of African Ethnology, American Museum of Natural History

Jeremy Dewey

Executive Director, Trusty Sidekick Theatre

Emma Dunch

Emma Dunch

President, Dunch Arts

Jeffrey Golde

Jeffrey Golde Golde

Management and Strategy Consultant

Dave Harper

Dave Harper

President of the Board of Directors, Shandaken Project

Lesley Heller

Lesley Heller

Owner, Lesley Heller Workspace

Pearl Hodiwala

Pearl Hodiwala

Projects and Operations Coordinator, Disney Theatrical Group

John Del Gaudio

Producer, the Mercury Store

Dr. Jerry James

Dr. Jerry James

Director of Teaching and Learning, Center for Arts Education

Jonathan Jones

Director of Capital Projects

Rachel Judlowe

Rachel Judlowe

Co-Founder, Kubany Judlowe LLC

Julia Kaganskiy

Julia Kaganskiy

Director of NEW INC, New Museum of Contemporary Art

Brooke Kamin Rapaport

Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Chief Curator at Madison Square Park Conservancy

Vanessa Kramer Hallet

Vanessa Kramer Hallet

Senior Director and Worldwide Head of Photographs, Phillips Photographs

Danielle King

Nina Levent

Nina Levent

Art Historian

Dwayne Linville

Dwayne Linville

President/Executive Director, Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre

Rebecca McGinnis

Senior Managing Educator for Accessibility at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michael Mason

Director, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Dael Orlandersmith

George Papagiannis

George Papagiannis

External Relations & Information Officer, UNESCO

Emily Rasmussen

Founder and CEO of Grapevine

Lai-Lin Robinson

Lai-Lin Robinson

Associate Producer, Urban Bush Women

Cynthia Round

Cynthia Round

Senior VP, Marketing and External Relations, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Whitney Rutter

Director of Business Strategy, Local Projects

Vernon Scott

Vernon Scott

Special Events Manager and Executive Assistant, Baryshnikov Arts Center

Jeff Stark

Jeff Stark

Artist and Editor, Nonsense NYC

Jill Sternheimer

Director of Public Programming, Lincoln Center for the Arts

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Glenn Stiskal

Director of Development, SignatureTheatre

Keith Stubblefield

Chief Financial Officer and VP for Finance & Administration, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Carl Sylvester

Director of Development at Theatre Forward

Kejia Wu

Faculty member of the Art Business MA program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Adjunct faculty member of Claremont Graduate University, Columnist for the Financial Times Chinese edition

Lumi Tan

Lumi Tan

Assistant Curator, The Kitchen

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Executive Vice President, FITZ & CO

Hrag Vartanian & Veken Gueyikian

Hrag Vartanian & Veken Gueyikian

Founder & Editors-in-Chief, Hyperallergic

Melinda Wang

Melinda Wang

Executive Director, New York Artists Equity Association

Ed Woodham

Ed Woodham

Founder/Director, Art in Odd Places

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