Students from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration traveled to Washington D.C. in early April for a weekend of organizational visits and networking with arts leaders. The trip was led by Bolz Center Director Sherry Wagner-Henry.
One of the highlights of the trip was the opportunity to participate in the 2013 American University Emerging Art Leaders Symposium on April 7. Bolz Center students had the chance to connect with other students and young professionals and discuss issues—unique or universal—that affect arts organizations.
The symposium featured Aaron P. Dworkin, keynote speaker and Sphinx Organization founder and president. Most notably, Dworkin has worked extensively with the Obama administration as a former member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee.
Kathy Dwyer Southern, president and CEO of the National Children's Museum, with Bolz Center Director Sherry Wagner-Henry
“I really enjoyed reconnecting with alumni I had met during collegium and meeting new ones as well,” said John Jungerberg, a first-year MBA student. “The symposium was a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow students from other programs, and I really enjoyed hearing Aaron Dworkin speak about his organization, Sphinx.”
Students also had the opportunity to meet and engage with alumni of the Bolz Center and other arts leaders at several D.C.-area arts organizations. The group spent time with staff at the Kennedy Center, National Endowment for the Arts, Association for Performing Arts Presenters, Washington National Opera, the National Children’s Museum, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.
“Our schedule was packed with visits to a wide variety of organizations, touching on different forms of art and different ways of supporting art in communities,” said Laura Blegen, a second-year MBA student. “There were some common themes that kept coming up over the course of the weekend, and it was great to hear diverse perspectives on those issues.”
Bolz Center alumni Angela Han, Andrew Taylor, Kathy Southern, and Syrah Gunning coordinated the trip.
Bolz Center students at National Children's Museum