Student Spotlight: Jamie Perutz

Processed with VSCOcam with k3 presetJamie Perutz graduated from Brandeis University in 2013, where she double majored in Theater Arts and Psychology and minored in Art History. She comes to the Arts Administration program having worked in several arts nonprofits in Boston, including Citi Performing Arts Center and Boston Center for the Arts. She’s particularly interested in digital marketing for multidisciplinary arts nonprofits and is focusing her studies and extracurricular activities on communications. Jamie was recently appointed the Social Media Coordinator for the Arts Administration Program.

What attracted you to the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College, Columbia University? I wanted an arts management program that spoke to my love of both visual and performing arts. Having had extensive experience on the stage as an actor and having delved head-first into my undergraduate art history classes, I could not fathom being in a program that made me choose to focus on one discipline. The Arts Administration Program allows you to immerse yourself in both art worlds. For me, this was key in deciding where to study. I know I’ll graduate from this program as the most well-rounded arts leader I can be.

How are your studies helping to advance your career goals? After a few short months in the program, I already feel so connected to the arts world on a local and global level. Alongside foundational studies, our professors incorporate the most up-to-date arts news, giving us a bridge between theoretical administrative practices and the arts world. I’m particularly interested in studying arts marketing, so having my finger on the pulse of the New York arts scene is essential and made possible because I am a part of this program.

Describe student life as a member of the ARAD community. To be a student in the ARAD program is to be surrounded by some of the most curious, creative, and brilliant minds I have ever met. The expertise of my peers is astounding and I find myself learning as much from them as I do from my classes.

The people in my cohort are also some of the most enthusiastic and supportive people I know. We’re all quick to attend gallery openings, art shows, choir performances, and academic lectures together, supporting our friends in their achievements and sharing new arts experiences. I feel so honored to be a part of this group of future movers and shakers.

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