Make an impact through arts-based community work.
Transform your love of the arts into a career in a nonprofit, hospital, museum, school, or other institution. In this dynamic program, you gain the tools to effect change in the community through art—and become a better artist at the same time.
Community arts is a growing field. Studies show that the arts can boost the economy and provide vital connections among groups and neighborhoods. In this action-oriented program, you'll develop the skills and knowledge to turn possibilities into reality.
Here, you’ll get practical, applicable skills. Learn grant writing, fundraising, networking, advocacy, and arts administration. Explore how to plan and evaluate programs and initiatives. Use artistic collaborations to form alliances. Facilitate social transformation through the arts.
Core required courses include arts in community, research, how to turn ideas into action, and exploration of using the arts to enhance learning. You'll also do an internship in a community organization. And by choosing one of five specializations (arts in health; integrated arts; multicultural education; theater studies; or visual art), you’ll take courses that pursue in-depth knowledge in one area. Finish your program fully equipped to use the power of the arts for social good.
This program is also available as part of an accelerated master's degree for those who are earning their undergraduate degree through the Center for the Adult Learner. Learn more.