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Lindsay Terchin

Arts Not Just a Way to Make a Living But Also Make Lives Better

by Lindsay Terchin Monday, September 24, 2012

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.” --Kurt Vonnegut

Mr. Vonnegut was right. From an unforgettable gallery exhibition to street art that seizes your attention, the arts have a way of capturing control of our everyday lives and making each day, well, better.

Hello! My name is Lindsay Terchin and I am excited to be the student blogger for the Bolz Center this year. I hope to provide a glimpse of what it means to be an Arts Administration student within the larger MBA context. Throughout the year I will share my thoughts and experiences, whether academic or extracurricular.

Prior to joining the program, I worked in the dynamic world of digital marketing for Monster Media Works. As collateral manager, I helped develop our position in the marketplace through our sales materials. From design to copywriting and even a bit of computer coding, I was fortunate to work with an amazing team that regularly gave me the flexibility to challenge the status quo.

So why a Wisconsin MBA in Arts Administration? The answer is passion. Throughout my career I actively sought to find my own inspiration in the arts and humanities. With music as my muse, I managed bands, volunteered at a recording studio, and worked as a freelance writer. I knew that my next career move would be focused on exploring this passion, yet I also knew that I currently lacked the skills necessary to take that step. The Wisconsin MBA in Arts Administration seemed like the perfect solution, as it would help me to apply business acumen to the arts.

In addition to a set of core business courses—marketing, finance, data analysis, accounting, economics, operations, and strategy—that all students take in the full-time MBA program, Bolz Center students also enroll in a two-semester arts administration seminar that teaches and applies business practices in the context of arts organizations. And in addition to full-time coursework, each Bolz Center student is placed in a local or campus arts organization for a year-long work experience. The newfound business knowledge is put to work in a real-world setting. 

With my first semester under way, I am eager to see what the next two years have in store for me and my classmates. And I welcome any questions, comments, and help with accounting along the way….