Student Spotlight: Michele Baer

MicheleBaerMichele is a multicultural dancer-choreographer, cultural advocate, researcher, and strategist. Her dance studies and performances have comprised of hiphop, house, West African (Guinea and Mali), Haitian, Afro-Brazilian and Afro-fusion dance traditions. Michele obtained her BA in Development Studies from Brown University, where she was a Teaching Assistant in the Mande/West African Dance Program and wrote an honors thesis in human rights and feminist theory. After graduation, she moved back home to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she expanded her dance studies, worked in human rights philanthropy, and interned with arts organizations. In New York City, Michele has completed internships in grantmaking, fundraising, and research; is a member of Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee; contributes to a young feminist giving circle; teaches seasonal dance workshops; and currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant. She is a member of the Class of 2015. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Michele Baer”

Event News: Student Advocate for the Arts-Reflecting on the Hill

unnamedJoin Student Advocates for the Arts (SAA) this upcoming Tuesday as they discuss their recent trip to Washington, DC for Arts Advocacy Day. Come learn more about the organization, what they did in DC, and how you can help advocate for the arts!

Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Zankel 109

Faculty News: Q&A with Dr. Lena about the EMP Pop Conference and the World’s Worst Song Ever

pop_conference_get-ur-freak-onThis weekend (April 16-19) music scholars, journalists, and fans will be converging in Seattle to attend and present at the EMP Pop Conference. Dr. Jennifer Lena, ARAD professor and author of Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music (Princeton University Press, 2012), will be taking part in the conference as both conference committee member and panel moderator. Taking a short break from her busy schedule right before the conference, Dr. Lena sat down and answered a few questions about the theme of the conference and her (fabulous sounding) panel: “The Worst Song Roundtable.” Read more for her answers to our Q’s! Continue reading “Faculty News: Q&A with Dr. Lena about the EMP Pop Conference and the World’s Worst Song Ever”

Student Spotlight: Meghana Karnik

Karnik_MeghanaMeghana is a visual artist and arts administrator from Cleveland, Ohio. She has experience in non-profit and start-up visual arts organizations, with a special focus on their curatorial, development, and audience engagement capacities. Meghana received her BA in 2011 from Case Western Reserve University in Art History and Political Science. She also completed a non-degree BFA thesis and exhibition in Drawing alongside graduating seniors at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The artist has shown in venues throughout Ohio, including LINGG Showroom, Newsense Gallery, Case Western Reserve University Art Studio, the Reinberger Galleries, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Zygote Press Inc., and SPACES. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Meghana Karnik”

“Creative Calling: Managing the Arts”- ARAD Alumni Panel on April 11th

The Arts Administration (ARAD) Program and Alumni Committee invite you to attend this year’s alumni panel, ‘Creative Calling: Managing the Arts,’ hosted during Teachers College’s Academic Festival!

Creative Calling: Managing the Arts
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Saturday, April 11th 2015
Teachers College, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by the ARAD Program and Alumni Committee
Click here to RSVP
Free for current students!Moderator: 
Priya Sircar, 2011
Senior Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources

Daniel Gallant, 2004
Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Javier Iturralde de Bracamonte, 2010
Founder & Global Managing Director, Visionaer Consulting
Alison Kaplan, 1992
AMK Management and Consulting, Lead Consultant
Leigh Ross, 2012
Program Associate, Hive Digital Media Learning Fund at New York Community Trust
Michiko Simanjuntak Grasso, 2001
Director of Individual Giving, Japan Society


In order to respond to the challenges and responsibilities facing the arts, an arts manager must have an amalgam of managerial and financial skills, an investment in ethical and policy issues, a broad knowledge about artistic disciplines, an awareness of community dynamics, a commitment to education and a sensitivity to the artist and the artistic process. But how does this translate professionally? This alumni panel will explore various paths taken and the skills employed for a successful career as an Arts Administrator.

Learn More about Audience Engagement!

web14_audrev_convene_pmailThis year, Theater Communications Groupwith support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, held its second Audience (R)Evolution Convening, part of a multi-year program designed to study, promote and support successful audience engagement and community development models across the country. The program seeks to define the full spectrum of audience engagement and community development, in addition to sharing working models from the field and beyond.

Hannah Fenlon served as the project manager for the convening, in addition to being a second-year ARAD student. This year, TCG expanded on the Audience (R)Evolution program’s mission by encouraging peer learnings and opportunities for the exchange of ideas and lessons learned, serving as a vehicle for theatre-makers to identify and connect with partners at other organizations with whom they might develop new strategies and models for audience engagement. Click here to read more about the Audience (R)Evolution program.

Sad you missed out? Never fear!  HowlRound TV, a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by HowlRound, has made most of the presentations available for viewing here! (Be sure to check out the opening banjo song, performed by consultant and Audience (R)Evolution facilitatrix Lisa Mount.)

Check it out and learn how you can better engage your community and audience!

Faculty News: Prof. Jennifer Lena on US Cultural Engagement with Global Muslim Communities

GIA Reader cover from artist Nicholas Galanin (b. 1979, Sitka, Alaska)

ARAD’s own Dr. Jennifer Lena recently published an article titled “US Cultural Engagement with Global Muslim Communities: Contours and Connections in an Emerging Field” with co-author Erin Johnston. The article, released in the Winter 2015 edition of GIA Reader, looks at the challenges Muslim artists experience when producing art to engage US audiences. In addition to surveying the difficulties the field faces, the authors also note that these challenges highlight opportunities for future cross-cultural exchanges, collaborations, and expansions of Muslim/Islamic art in the United States.

To read the full article, click here!