Welcome to the Department of Arts Administration

Dynamic and innovative, the University of Kentucky Department of Arts Administration leads national and international initiatives in teaching, research, professional and community service to educate and inspire responsible arts leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs.

Founded in 1987, the University of Kentucky's Department of Arts Administration offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in the country. The demand for arts administrators remains strong. What was once a small niche has transformed into an industry of professionals trained to manage theatres, symphony halls, galleries, museums, community art councils, orchestras, art centers, and many other types of institutions. In fact, the nonprofit arts industry employs approximately 1.3 million individuals annually. We hope that, as you look through our website, you will come away with the feeling and will want to make the University of Kentucky's Department of Arts Administration your home.

Explore Our Programs
Arts Administration is the business of managing nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations in order to facilitate day-to-day operations and fulfill the overall organizational mission.
The field of arts administration is largely considered to have been formally developed in the United States in the 1960s. The institutionalization of the field has continued to solidify and expand well into the 21st century.
The field of arts administration is largely considered to have been formally developed in the United States in the 1960s. The institutionalization of the field has continued to solidify and expand well into the 21st century.
The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development is designed to provide critical fundraising education to those who are currently working or seeking employment in nonprofit organizations.
Upcoming Events
  • Nov 9 2021 | 7 - 8:30pm
    Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and produced by theLAB, Fish Tank is a pitch competition that features UK arts administration students who have bold ideas for a better future in the arts, and…
    Virtual Event
  • image of arts administration students in the lobby of an art gallery
    Nov 10 2021 | 11am - 1pm
    Arts & Culture Internship Fair

    Wednesday, November 10 | 11am-1pm |

    Singletary Center Lobby

    Plan your next step! Meet with representatives from arts and cultural organizations…

    Singletary Center
  • Arts Administrators in Gallery
    Nov 16 2021 | 3 - 4pm

    Find out what's Wildly Possible in the UKY Department of Arts Administration.

    Online. Asynchronous. In-State Tuition.

    The University of Kentucky prepares the next generation…

    Online
  • arts leaders in conference room
    Nov 17 2021 | 3 - 4pm

    Find out what's Wildly Possible in the UKY Department of Arts Administration.

    Prepare for a future of new possibilities. Earn your PhD in Arts Administration.

    The University of…

    Online
  • arts leaders gather around piano
    Dec 7 2021 | 3 - 4pm

    Find out what's Wildly Possible in the UKY Department of Arts Administration.

    Prepare for a future of new possibilities. Earn your PhD in Arts Administration.

    The University of…

    Online
  • Administrators in gallery
    Dec 9 2021 | 3 - 4pm

    Find out what's Wildly Possible in the UKY Department of Arts Administration.

    Online. Asynchronous. In-State Tuition.

    The University of Kentucky prepares the next generation…

    Online
  • arts leaders in a gallery
    Feb 15 2022 | 3 - 4pm

    Find out what's Wildly Possible in the UKY Department of Arts Administration.

    Online. Asynchronous. In-State Tuition.

    The University of Kentucky prepares the next generation…

    Online
  • two people talking on stage
    Mar 24 2022 | 3 - 4pm

    Find out what's Wildly Possible in the UKY Department of Arts Administration.

    Online. Asynchronous. In-State Tuition.

    The University of Kentucky prepares the next generation…

    Online
Created 08/12/2021
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Last Updated 08/17/2021