University of Oregon

Arts and Administration Program

Professional Associations in Arts and Culture

The AAD Program encourages students to research and identify professional associations pertinent to their areas of academic interest and career aspirations, and to maintain membership in a select few during and after their time as graduate students. The Program recognizes the intellectual value, professional development opportunities, and networking potential presented by such associations at all stages of one's career advancement, and thus we encourage students to be involved as early as possible in order to benefit from and further contribute in a meaningful way to the development of the arts and culture sector.

Many associations provide a dicounted full membership rate for students, which offers an excellent opportunity to explore membership benefits with various associations at a lower cost prior in order to make an informed decision about long-term membership in the future.

Below are links to a number of professional associations in the arts and culture sector that provide individual memberships (many more are designed for agency or organization-level membership). We hope this helps you to identify opportunities for membership and involvement during your graduate years.

General Arts/Arts Advocacy/Arts Service

Americans for the Arts

Arts Edge

Arts Education Partnership

ArtTable: Leadership Organization for Professional Women in the Visual Arts

Association of Arts Administration Educators

Fractured Atlas

International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies

National Art Education Association

National Arts Marketing Project

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture

National Endowment for the Arts

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Arts Education and Community Arts

Alliance of Artists Communities

Educational Theatre Association

National Art Education Assocation

National Guild for Community Arts Education

Festivals and Events

International Festivals and Events Association

International Special Events Society

Performing Arts 

America Performs

Chamber Music America

Dance USA

International Association of Venue Managers

International Performing Arts for Youth

International Society for the Performing Arts

International Ticketing Association

League of American Orchestras

League of Resident Theatres

Opera America

Theatre Communications Group

The Actors Fund

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters

The Broadway League

Museum Studies and Management

American Association of Museums

Association of Academic Museums & Galleries (AAMG offers free Student Membership)

American Association for State and Local History

College Art Association


Visitor Studies Association

Media Management

Communications Media Management Association

International Media Management Academic Association

National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture