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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Op-Ed Piece by Jessica Isgro

This is the first article in our series of short pieces written by current students in the Arts Administration Program.

IMG_1285Jessica Isgro wrote this Op-Ed as a student in Principles and Practices of Arts Administration, for an assignment on a critical issue of personal interest within the arts. It appears here in abbreviated form.

Jessica Isgro graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Bucknell University in 2015 where she majored in Music Education and minored in Creative Writing. Jessica has worked in the marketing, publicity, and editorial fields, holding internships with the West Branch Literary Magazine, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 21C Media Group, and The Princeton Festival. Most recently, she worked as a voice teacher and a freelance publicity writer.

From the desk of...option 2One of the most critical issues in the arts today is the need to find funding for music education programs in public schools. Budget cuts, financial crises, and perception of value have rendered some music education programs extinct, while others struggle to endure. Potential solutions to these issues lie in the realm of advocacy and assessment. Advocacy can allow a school’s community to vocalize the necessity of funding for music education programs while assessment can provide a statistical framework to bolster advocates’ claims, improving both funding for, and perceptions of, the arts. Continue reading “Op-Ed Piece by Jessica Isgro”

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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Alumni Conversation: Daniel Gallant

By Gina Tribotti

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Daniel Gallant Nuyorican Pic: photo by Samira Bouaou for Epoch Times

Daniel Gallant is a theatrical producer, playwright, director, teacher, actor, and executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Since 1973, the Cafe has operated as a multi-arts and multicultural non-profit organization, presenting poetry, music, hip hop, theater, and education events in New York City’s East Village. The Cafe’s history is chronicled in a new online exhibit from Google Cultural Institute.

Daniel has also recently been awarded a 2016 Eisenhower Fellowship for his work as an arts leader. Eisenhower Fellows travel abroad to meet with experts in their respective fields and deepen their engagement with a global network of leaders. In this interview, we speak with Daniel about the nimbleness of small organizations, the benefits of being an arts omnivore, and the delicate balancing act between artistic creation and arts management.

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Student Spotlight: Michael Carr

Michael CarrMichael David Carr – born and raised in Orlando, Florida – holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music. There, he studied voice and trumpet, alongside music composition and theory. He was introduced to venue operations as an assistant to the Operations Director of the school.

After graduating in May, 2013, Michael moved to Manhattan to begin work, first with Carnegie Hall’s Subscription Campaign.  Following the 2013-2014 Campaign, Michael decided to seek venues work, and a Graduate degree from Teachers College. In 2014, Michael was hired by Lincoln Center’s Concert Halls, where he now works as a Front-of-House Staff Coordinator.

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Student Spotlight: Blaire Townshend

Blaire TownshendBlaire Townshend recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in English, Music, and Drama. She has an extracurricular background in both journalism and student theatre, having acted as Editor in Chief of her school newspaper and Executive Producer of a student dramatic society. She spent the past year interning in the Canadian Opera Company’s Education Department, where she helped to produce and promote operatic programming for youth audiences. Blaire’s ultimate objective is to work for musical performing arts organizations in marketing or production, in order to bring the experience of art to as wide an audience as possible.

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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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Student Spotlight: Megan Friel

Megan-9Megan Friel graduated with a degree in Art History from the University of California, Davis. Her lifelong interest in the arts, arts education, and access to public arts spaces has led her to a career exploring these arenas further. She’s held internships at the De Young Museum, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and Stern Grove Festival. Most recently, she has continued to pursue her interest in the arts through her work in major gifts for University of California, Berkeley’s Division of Arts & Humanities. Her objective is to work in development and arts policy, striving to make the experience of viewing and engaging with the arts more widely accessible. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Megan Friel”

Student Spotlight: Melisa Sanyer

Headshot-Melisa SanyerMelisa Sanyer is a 2014 graduate of University of Virginia. She majored in Art History and Drama. She held internships with The Coca-Cola Company, Second Street Gallery, Ash Lawn Opera and Freeman`s Auctioneers. She is interested in how arts could solve political and diplomatic issues and problems among different countries. She is also interested in pursuing a career at an auction house or a corporate collection with a focus in art handling and curating. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Melisa Sanyer”