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Purchase Offers Expanded Online Arts Management Certificate Program

Date Released: 6/30/2011

Beginning August 29, the online Arts Management Certificate Program will be expanded to include noncredit certificate options. Details.

Beginning August 29, the Purchase College Arts Management Certificate Program, which is delivered online, will be expanded to include noncredit certificate options. The program  provides an understanding of management, marketing, legal issues, and fundraising in arts related organizations. 


The program is designed for new arts administrators who want to broaden their knowledge and skills, professionals considering a career transition to arts management, artists who are interested in starting their own nonprofit companies or joining existing organizations, and board members and volunteers who want to be more informed and effective.


The curriculum for the non-credit certificate consists of four online courses; the credit certificate consists of four online courses plus a hands-on internship experience.  The  certificate can be completed in two semesters; the non-credit option is offered at a discounted rate.2


Students may also take individual courses without commitment to the entire program.


Course instructors include:


Larry Berglas who has been teaching arts business law classes at Purchase College since 2001.  He earned his B.A. at SUNY, New Paltz, and his J.D. from Pace University Law School.  Mr. Berglas works as an attorney based in White Plains, NY whose diverse solo law practice includes a focus on the area of arts business law. He counsels creative individuals, business owners and clients generally in matters of copyright, trademark, entertainment, contracts, estate planning, business, litigation, nonprofit corporation, guardianship and real estate, among other areas. In addition to his commitment to the law, Mr. Berglas is a writer and a musician whose freelance articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, and Westchester Magazine and who is often found playing guitar in local blues jams.


Elizabeth Edelson has been an Adjunct Lecturer in Arts Management at Purchase College since 2007. She holds an a M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College, where she wrote her thesis on accounting for museum collections; and a B.A. in History from Vassar College. Ms. Edelson’s career in the arts includes positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Modern Art; and Artists Space, one of New York's oldest alternative spaces. Most recently, she furthered the institutional advancement of Wave Hill, the renowned public garden and cultural center in the Bronx. Ms. Edelson has also taught in the arts management program at Marymount Manhattan College.

Linda Solomon is a marketing executive and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience who has taught and lectured in these fields for more than 10 years. She has successfully produced a wide variety of special events ranging from major teachings of the Dalai Lama to a hip-hop fundraising concert starring Def Jam recording artist Karina Paisan. As director and cofounder of Living Ideas for Elders, she spearheaded a writing contest that went viral, resulting in a bestselling book, Legacies (Harper Collins, 1993). She has served as a board member and in various managerial roles for high-profile organizations, including Gilda’s Club (founding member, board of directors), the Leibovitz Foundation (executive director), the Khyentse Foundation (treasurer), Code Pink (coproducer, Iraqi women’s U.S. tour), and Draft Gore for President (regional coordinator).

To enroll students are encouraged to visit to learn more about online learning at Purchase and they must complete the Arts Management Certificate application.

For information contact Matt Koskowski, the certificate advisor, at 914-251-6512 or e mail  

Purchase College currently offers over 50 online courses.  For more information about online learning at Purchase College visit