Arts Administration

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The arts administration field of study helps students develop a bridge between the world of business and the passion of the arts. Students are exposed to business areas such as accounting and nonprofit organizations as well as aspects of fundraising, stakeholder development, and cultural policies.

By developing a strong foundation in these areas, students gain an understanding of the problems within the arts and find solutions needed to strive. 

As an inter-disciplinary course of study, students are prepared for fields in:  

  • Museums & art galleries
  • Graphic design firms
  • Theatres
  • Symphonies & recording studios
  • Dance companies
  • Art & humanity councils

Contact Us:

Stephen Bomgardner

Professor of Music
Chair, Music and Theatre Department
O'Bannon Hall 105
Office: (417) 873-7296

Meet the Faculty

Arts Administration Program

The arts administration major provides students with an interdisciplinary education focused around themes important to the arts and arts administration including management in live theatres; museums; galleries; festivals; cultural entrepreneurship endeavors; and the television, film and recording industry.

4 + 1 MNCL Concurrent Credit Program

The Arts Administration major offers a concurrent credit option for undergraduate students to enroll in up to 9 credit hours of selected graduate courses from the Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership (MNCL) program. Successful completion of these courses will earn both undergraduate credit towards the bachelor’s degree and graduate credit toward the MNCL degree.

Arts Administration Alumni

Portrait of Laura French.

Laura French

Laura French (Brand) graduated from Drury University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in arts administration and music. During her time at Drury, Laura was actively involved in university’s music and theater departments.

Portrait of Jonathan Thomas.

Jonathan Thomas

Jonathan Thomas is at Georgetown University, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of Development and oversees the Bellinger Bike Ride.

Elizabeth Hurst

Elizabeth Hurst is Development Manager for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra specializing in strategic fundraising.