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.
Be the next generation of arts leaders with our innovative online MA degree in Arts Administration.
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.
Advance your fundraising skills to assist nonprofit organizations secure vital funds for their missions! Nonprofit organizations across the United States vie for knowledgeable and skilled fundraisers, resulting in a steady demand and a strong job market. This graduate certificate is designed to strengthen fundraising experience, knowledge and skills of professionals currently working or seeking employment in nonprofit organizations.
Upcoming Events
  • Image of people talking in the lobby of a gallery
    Feb 23 2023 | 3pm

    The University of Kentucky prepares the next generation of arts leaders through its innovative online M.A. in Arts Administration.

    For over 30 years, the University of Kentucky…

Created 08/12/2021
Last Updated 07/01/2022