Purchase is now a full member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and is among 17 U.S. undergraduate programs with this distinction.
Managers and administrative leaders of arts organizations provide a bridge between art, artists, and audiences. They combine the tools of business-management, marketing, financial accounting, operations, negotiation—with community building, fundraising, development, education, outreach, volunteerism and partnerships to create thriving and vital arts organizations.
The AAAE represents collegiate graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration. Since its founding in 1975, it has provided a forum for communication among its members and has advocated for formal training and high education standards for arts administrators. The organization reflects the continued burgeoning interest in arts management careers by students throughout the country.