Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Big Dreams at the Arts Factory

If an art institution always chooses to exhibit experimental art pieces, the choice is like a gambling, accompanied with great benefits and regularly high financial risks.

Here is the link of a great art factory/lab.  

Mass MoCA really earns its reputation for being “an experimental platform for art making”. It brings a lot to local economy and significantly reduces the employment rates in North Adams. Though Mass MoCA seems to be a successful model of utilizing culture as an economic driver, the organization has teetered several times.

In my point of view, the reason why it survives is that the management cooperates well with its artists, foundations and collectors, and listened to multiple voices from them and other artistic organizations. Most arts administrators, especially those in charge of organizations displaying art works from emerging artists will be faced with more uncertainties than those holding exhibitions of renowned artists. The art administrators should learn to combine different voices, and fully make a win-win strategy with all partners and local government.


About yaoge2016

Yaoge Wang is an emerging arts administrator dedicated to arts, culture, and nonprofit sector. With Accounting and Arts Management backgrounds and a special mix of “right brain/left brain” balance, she brings strong analytical skills and judgment as well as creativity to complex problems. She has extensive professional experience in the U.S. and China. She hopes to apply this international perspective to make the arts more visible to the public.


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