Leadership in the Arts & Public Humanities

Organizers & Participants

James M. Van Wyck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Michael Zhang, GS, ART
University Administrative Fellow
Elena Sauceda-Peeples
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant
Lucy Partman, *21, ART
University Administrative Fellow
Cara Bramson
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant

Meeting Schedule


The Leadership in the Creative Arts GLC is a joint venture of the Humanities Council and GradFUTURES.

The GLC will connect graduate student participants with a diverse range of partners in a dynamic, interdisciplinary co-curricular space to explore the reciprocal relationships between performance and research, criticism and production, theory and practice, and administration and academia, while learning about career paths in arts-related organizations.

The GLC’s discussions will be fueled by engaging with the arts, and by the presence of visiting scholars, practitioners, and administrators whose work sustains the arts. This interdisciplinary GLC will be an informal community of critical inquiry and an engaging, supportive learning environment in which students will learn about the past, present, and future of cultural organizations, and acquire contacts and experiences that will equip them for their own career journeys. Ph.D. students will explore ways to engage, partner with, and work with cultural organizations. Students will consider issues such as access and diversity in the arts, public engagement and outreach, digital humanities, and art and social change. Meetings will take place in various arts- and culture-related sites both on and off-campus.

Each cohort meeting will be discussion-based in various forms including the workshop, seminar, roundtable, and panel formats. The cohort will consist of approximately 18 people to maintain an intimate and productive discursive environment. Some events will be open to a broader audience.