Upcoming Events






September 26
Shaw Festival

First year students will visit the Shaw Festival, Niagara on the Lake, Canada, and meet with Executive Director Elaine Calder and members of her senior administrative staff.  Following the afternoon session, students will attend an evening performance of The Philadelphia Story.

October 14: Danielle Rice
WMTA Speaker Series
"Whose Art is It Anyway? The Deaccessioning Taboo in Museum Practice" 

Program lecture 10am-12:30pm

Public lecture 2:30pm-4:00pm

Venue: TBA

Museums hold objects in public trust, which means that their collections are not considered fungible assets.  Consequently, the sale of objects from museum collections, while possible under certain conditions, is severely restricted and carefully monitored by the profession. This lecture will discuss how cultural policy defines the way we think about the ownership museum collections.  It will examine examples from recent situations such as the Albright Knox's decision to sell all it's non-Western Art in 2007, as well as more recent controversies involving the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the Delaware Art Museum  among others. 

Dr. Danielle Rice is currently Program Director of the newly formed Museum Leadership MS program at Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. With more than 25 years of experience in designing and implementing innovative new programs to communicate art to the public, Dr. Danielle Rice brings a wealth of qualifications as a distinguished advocate for arts education with enormous experience in all aspects of museum management. She served as Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum from 2005-2013, where she worked with its diverse range of members and partners to make the museum more visitor-friendly and community-minded. 

October 21: Randy Martin
WMTA Speaker Series
“What is creative about the creative economy?”

Program lecture 10am-12:30pm

Public lecture 5:00pm-6:30pm

Venue: TBA

Creative economy stands today the way in which knowledge economy did some fifty years ago to rethink both the terms of creativity and economy. In this talk, Dr. Martin will try to open issues along both lines. What kind of good is creativity, what type of value does it generate, how it engender labor and forms of participation? He'll pursue three avenues of creativity, collaboration and critique; and revisit what makes knowledge as a public good different from private good and how this might be transvalued in the case of contemporary creativity and the discussions of collectivity and dematerialization. He will also focus on managerialist protocols as they pertain to art and education.

Dr. Randy Martin is Professor of art and public policy and Director of the Graduate Program in Arts Politics at Tisch School of the Arts/NYU. He is the author of Performance as Political Act: The Embodied Self; Socialist Ensembles: Theater and State in Cuba and Nicaragua; Critical Moves: Dance Studies in Theory and Politics; On Your Marx: Relinking Socialism and the Left; Financialization of Daily Life; and Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial Logic of Risk Management. He has edited collections on U.S. Communism, sport and academic labor and, most recently, Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts (with Mary Schmidt Campbell) and The Returns of Alwin Nikolais: Bodies, Boundaries, and the Dance Canon (with Claudia Gitelman).  Dr. Martin holds degrees in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the City University of New York. He has studied, taught, and performed in dance, theater, and clowning in the United States and abroad. Previously, he served as professor and chair of social science at Pratt Institute, associate dean of faculty at Tisch School of the Arts, and as an editor of the journal Social Text.

November 4: Robin Parkinson
Slee Concert Hall @ 2:00pm
"Education, Outreach, and Orchestras"

Robin Parkinson, Director of Education at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, received her Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School in bassoon performance, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Tufts University, as well as a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory.  Under her direction, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has reached an all-time high of over 40,000 students served throughout Western New York. 

Since joining the BPO staff in 2009, she has led several new initiatives such as live broadcasts of youth concerts into the schools, a neighborhood outreach program called West Side Connection, use of Carnegie Hall’s innovative Link Up program in Buffalo, and an annual Side by Side concert with the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.  Recently, she has also piloted several new adult engagement programs such as the BPO Fantasy Camp and the multi-media Know the Score series. 

November 18: Sarah Brouillette
WMTA Speaker Series
"Unesco's Neoliberalism”

Program lecture 10am-12:30pm

Public lecture 2:30pm-4:00pm

Venue: TBA

Since the early 1980s UNESCO has supported the neoliberal image of culture as a politically neutral resource that can be applied to capitalist development goals. Key UNESCO programs like the City of Literature and the Capital of Culture promote vibrant urban markets for cultural products and workers first and foremost. My talk will discuss why this model came to be activated when it did. It was soon after the new postcolonial nations entered the organization and started trying to arrive at enforceable regulations to support their own autochthonous cultural production and definitions of modernization. The developed-world member nations, which benefited from these markets being poorly served by local producers, and from having the power to control how the developing world appeared in the media, began to insist on the expansion of unregulated free markets for culture. My talk will thus suggest that a cultural history of neoliberalism should recognize how its free-market rhetoric silenced – and was expressly designed to silence – those who favored regulating cultural markets in order to rectify imbalances and inequities produced by colonialism.

Sarah Brouillette is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Carleton University, where she teaches contemporary British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures, and topics in print culture and media studies. Her book, Literature and the Creative Economy, was published earlier this year.

February 23-25
Museums Advocacy Day 2015
Washington, DC

Museums Advocacy Day, sponsored by AAM (American Alliance of Museums) brings together the entire museum field to make the case that museums are economic drivers, key providers of education and community anchors. Museums Advocacy Day is a unique and powerful event, offering an opportunity to network with colleagues in the museum field and to join forces to take AAM's message directly to Capitol Hill.

The first year class will travel to Washington D.C. February 22-25 as part of the introductory law and advocacy course. They will attend the Museums Advocacy Day conference and be guided in discussion by their instructor Professor Andy Finch.  In addition, students will meet with senior executives at Washington, DC area arts institutions.






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