College to Launch New Program for Fall ’21

By | January 22, 2021

Female Student drawing on a tabletThe Daemen College Department of Visual and Performing Arts will launch a new interdisciplinary program, the B.S. in Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts, in the fall of 2021. The program is designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills for a career as a working artist and/or as highly qualified candidates for jobs within arts organizations both locally and globally.

The program was crafted with the help of 30 leading arts managers and other arts professionals whom faculty members enjoy close working relationships with. The program stresses strong foundations in the liberal arts, the visual and performing arts, cultural and visual literacy, creative thinking, as well as business, leadership and managerial skills. The program also stresses practical entrepreneurial opportunities, both on and off campus, and its classes are closely interwoven with exciting initiatives within a range of academic disciplines, as well as leading professional arts organizations in and around Buffalo and Western New York.

“Daemen’s new program provides a wide perspective on an emerging field. Course work will introduce students to entrepreneurship, management principles, fundraising, and organizational structure while providing foundational learning in literature, philosophy and art appreciation. Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts will provide the necessary framework for the next generation of arts professionals to understand and contribute to the cultural sector,” said Dan Shanahan, assistant professor and program director for entrepreneurial studies at Daemen College.

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