Interview with visiting scholar Léonie Hénaut

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Over the past few months, ARAD has enjoyed the company of visiting scholar Léonie Hénaut. Hénaut is an Associate Professor at the National Center for Scientific Research, and a member of the Center for the Sociology of Organizations at Sciences Po in Paris. She is also a permanent faculty member of Science Po’s Department of Sociology. Hénaut received a BA, MA, and PhD in Sociology from University Paris 8, and her BA in Art History from the Ecole du Louvre. Her personal webpage and publications are available here.


Hénaut studies work, occupations and organizations. Her primary focus is on professionalization and organizational rationalization, and how the two processes interact with each other and transform the division of labor. During her time with ARAD, she has been working on her book project on museums in the U.S., provisionally titled “The Rise of Pluri-Professionalism: Transforming the Division of Labor in American Museums.” The book documents the shift of museums toward an increasingly diverse set of knowledge-based occupations in addition to traditional curators.

Hénaut shared more details about her work with Sunny Leerasanthanah, ARAD 19.

Read the full interview transcript below!

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Faculty News: Prof. Jennifer Lena review of “Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display”

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Contemporary Sociology cover

ARAD’s own Dr. Jennifer Lena recently published a review of Peggy Levitt’s “Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display” (2015).  The article, released in the January 2017 edition of Contemporary Sociology, reviews Levitt’s examination of how museums define and depict the identities of their local audiences.  In addition to appraising Levitt’s exploration of nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and cultural policy in museological practice, Dr. Lena also includes recommendations for educators who use the book as a class resource.

To read the full article, click here!

2016 Arts Advocacy Day Reflection

By Blaire Townshend

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SAA meets Americans for the Arts President Bob Lynch

It has been quite the busy month for Student Advocates for the Arts. Those of us in our first year with the group have gone through a graduation of sorts—we have been transformed from arts enthusiasts to true arts advocates with practical experience under our belts. When we hosted a lobbying workshop with Ann Marie Miller of ArtPride at the beginning of the month, our questions ranged from “how do you make an effective ask?” to “what are the buzzwords that legislators pay attention to?” This was a crash course of sorts, and Ann Marie was wonderfully patient with us as we attempted to sort out the building blocks of arts advocacy.

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Alumni Event: Mentoring as Advocacy

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Alumni and students enjoying the event. Photo courtesy of Alexis Yuen.

This February, the ARAD Alumni Committee launched a mentorship program for 2nd-year students. The goal is to build personal and professional connections that give ARAD students an advantage as they leave the program and enter the world of arts administration. Co-presented by the ARAD Alumni Committee, the ARAD Program, and Student Advocates for the Arts, the event Mentoring as Advocacy was the kick-off for the mentorship program where students, faculty, and alumni were able to meet and network.

MENTORING AS ADVOCACY: LAUNCH OF THE ARAD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Tuesday, February 9, 6-8:30PM
Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 E. 3rd Street, Manhattan

Current student Alyssa Yuen shares her reflection on the event here.

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Arts Administration Announces Inaugural Microgrant Recipients

PRINT LOGO (THREE COLOR)The M.A. Program in Arts Administration (ARAD) at Teachers College, Columbia University is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Microgrant for student professionalization.

Through the newly-initiated Microgrant Program, ARAD proudly supports student professionalization activities on campus and beyond. This award champions special projects proposed by Teachers College student groups (with ARAD student membership), as well as conference attendance for individual students in the ARAD program. Applications were invited through an open call process, and vetted by an ARAD faculty and staff selection committee.

ARAD congratulates the following student groups and individuals on their 2015-16 academic year awards:

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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
RSVP at artsadvocates.cu@gmail.com

“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

Panelists:  
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

Description:

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.

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

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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!

Event News: “Building Bridges: Museums, Communities and Latin American Art”

unnamedJoin the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) at Teachers College, Columbia University as they discuss the intersection between museums, education and diverse communities in their upcoming event, “Building Bridges: Museums, Communities and Latin American Art.” This talk is part of the organization’s “Serie en Conversaciones.”

Given the increasing international recognition of Latin American art and its presence in collections and exhibitions in local art museums, this panel seeks to explore the connection between museums and its surrounding diverse communities, the societal influence of museums that exhibit Latin American art, and the role of these museums in promoting cultural diversity. Our featured guests include Remei Capdevila from El Museo del Barrio and Nung-Hsin Hu from Queens Museum, who will engage in a conversation moderated by Teachers College faculty member, Olga Hubard.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Location: 138 Horace Mann, Teachers College
Time: 7:00 pm

Free admission
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Sitting Down with Hyperallergic

“Throughout the conversation, the speakers dispelled the myth of art administration being glamorous and aesthetic-driven frivolity. Rather, the founders of Hyperallergic are motivated by something more meaningful—social justice, freedom of expression, and nurturing an arts ecosystem that appeals to the average citizen.”

The ARAD program was recently featured on the Arts and Humanities website for the first Distinguished Speaker Series of the academic year. This talk, planned and facilitated by 2nd year ARAD student Meghana Karnik, featured Veken Gueyikian and Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic, an online arts publisher.

For the original post, please check out the Teachers College Arts and Humanities blog here.