2nd Year Feature: Jennifer Patten

Jennifer_PattenDescribe your final semester as an ARAD student. My final semester has been an exciting blend of work and education as I have taken on more responsibility at my new position as Director of Education and Training at the Martha Graham School while wrapping up my studies in the Arts Administration Program.

Did you have a job this semester? I served as the Director of Education and Training at the Martha Graham School. In this capacity, I serve as the head of the School and oversee all administrative and faculty personnel while reporting to the Executive Director. I am responsible for budget, program coordination, student affairs, accreditation, fundraising and development, and collaborate with other departments, such as marketing, in the promotion of the School.

Did this opportunity come about as a result of your time at ARAD?

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ARAD Works: “For the Love of Fashion”

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Cecil Beaton: A Fashion Anthology, from left to right: Vionnet, Chanel and Givenchy at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1971

Having recently completed her master’s thesis, Hannah Fagadau shares some insight into her topic and her writing process.

For the Love of Fashion: The Success of Fashion inside Today’s Museum
By Hannah Fagadau

What is your thesis about? The growing presence and increasing demand of fashion exhibitions in encyclopedic museums.

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ARAD Works: “China’s Cultural Diplomacy as the Means of Soft Power Through the Lens of the Confucius Institute”

Having recently completed her master’s thesis, Lynn Fu shares some insight into her topic and her writing process.
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“China’s Cultural Diplomacy as the means of Soft Power through the lens of the Confucius Institute: A Comparative Study with the British Council and the Japan Foundation”
By Lynn Fu

What is your thesis about? China’s cultural diplomacy as the means of soft power through the lens of the Confucius Institute – a comparative study with the British Council and Japan Foundation

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Student Spotlight: Hannah Rich

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Hannah is a Student Mentor for 2016-17

Hannah Rich graduated from Princeton University in 2011 with a BA in Medieval History and a certificate in Theater and Dance. Prior to joining the Arts Administration program, she was a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group in New York City where she also worked as the Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director. Currently, Hannah is interning at New York City Ballet in business strategy and development.  Hannah is interested in executive leadership of dance companies.

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Student Spotlight: Georgina Zhao

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Georgina is a Student Mentor for 2016-17

Originally from China, Georgina Zhao graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 from Drexel University where she majored in TV Production & Media Management and minored in Fine Art. She interned with companies and organizations such as the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and Viacom Entertainment Group. With interests in art museums, education, and digital media, she hopes to pursue a career in education programming at an art museum upon graduation from the M.A. Program of Arts Administration. Georgina speaks native Mandarin Chinese and conversational Korean, thanks to her study-abroad experience at Seoul National University in the business administration program.

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Student Spotlight: Emily McCabe

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Emily is a Student Mentor for 2016-17

Emily McCabe graduated from Middlebury College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She originally hails from Armonk, New York and since finishing school has worked in Colorado teaching both skiing and violin lessons. Additionally, Emily has interned with a number of performing arts nonprofits and she has a current placement at the NY Philharmonic in their education department. Other experiences include work in the development department at Roundabout Theatre Company and Opera Australia, research and support for projects at Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History and Kunhardt Productions, and administrative work with Belleayre Music Festival. Emily is particularly interested in the development of education programming in a performing arts context.

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Student Spotlight: Cora Neito

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Cora is a Student Mentor for 2016-17

Cora Neito is French and Brazilian. She comes from a financial background, and was always attracted to the arts. In the Arts Administration Program, she is joining her skills and passion, and aiming for working with non-profit organizations.

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An Interview with GRAMMY Winner Eric Oberstein

By Blaire Townshend

Arts Administration Alumnus Eric Oberstein is a producer, musician, educator, and arts administrator—and now also a two-time GRAMMY winner. His work as producer on Arturo O’Farrill’s “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite” earned Oberstein and his creative team the award for Best Instrumental Composition at the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards this February. This win closely follows a win for The Offense of the Drum at last year’s ceremony—to read more about that award, click here. Oberstein currently serves as the Associate Director of Duke Performances, as well as co-chair for the recently established Alumni Committee of the Arts Administration Program here at Columbia University. For this interview, Oberstein was able to take time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions regarding his recent GRAMMY win, his administrative and creative philosophies, and his insights into the field of arts administration.

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A screenshot of the team on stage at the GRAMMYs

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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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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.

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