University of Oregon

Arts and Administration Program

History and Mission

Program History

AAD students and staff

Arts management is a multidisciplinary field focused on promoting the arts and culture for individuals and societies. Knowledge and expertise from the arts and culture is combined with social, cultural, managerial, and educational perspectives for the purpose of creating, implementing, and administering cultural programs in non-profit, for-profit, and unincorporated organizations and institutions.

The Arts and Administration Program (AAD) at the University of Oregon (UO) is built upon over four decades of academic programming, research and publication in the area of cultural and community arts services. This program is founded on the legacy and degree programs of an internationally known Department of Art Education. The Community Arts area of concentration within the Master’s Degree in Arts Management is based on this Department of Art Education’s Cultural Services Program. Key to this department and continuing in the current program is a commitment to a socio-cultural orientation to the arts, social justice, a sustainable environment, the generation of new knowledge, and an exploration of emerging technology. Key figures in shaping the philosophical attributes of the Arts and Administration Program are June King McFee and Vincent Lanier. The degree program was originally conceptualized by Doug Blandy, Rogena Degge, Linda Ettinger, Jane Maitland-Gholson, and Beverly Jones. Linda Ettinger was the first program head.

Mission and Objectives

We educate cultural sector leaders and participants to make a difference in communities. The Arts and Administration Program at the University of Oregon informs cultural sector administration, policy, research, and education. We prepare and inspire leaders based on the belief that professional arts managers must be familiar with the social, cultural, economic, political, technical, and ethical contexts in which the arts flourish.