Arts Administration

MajorBachelor of Science
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Making the Arts Your Business.

Whether it’s through marketing, programming, ticket sales, operations, or fundraising, arts administrators provide the crucial infrastructure necessary to bring the arts to the public. One of the oldest and most comprehensive undergraduate programs in the nation, Butler’s Arts Administration program combines in-depth study of a chosen art form along with classes in business, nonprofit management, and communication to prepare students for the many varied opportunities in a career advocating in the arts.

As a student in this program, you can choose from concentrations in Art, Art History, General, Music, or Theatre. You will also complete at least two required internships in addition to volunteer experience in the arts world.

Program Information


The Arts Administration program is integrated into our community and within other colleges at Butler. Students take classes in business, communication, the arts, and more, preparing our students to become innovators, connectors, and leaders in their fields and communities. Sample courses in this program include:

  • AA 301 – Principles and Practices of Arts Administration
  • AA 330 – Venue Management
  • AA  390 – Leadership and Artistic Vision
  • AA 410 – Marketing the Arts
  • AA 415 – Fundraising for the Arts
  • AA 420 – Financial Management
  • LE 263 – Legal Environment of Business
  • STR 128 – Promotional Writing I
  • STR 222 – Principles of Strategic Communication

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  • Art
  • Art History
  • General
  • Music
  • Theatre

The Butler Advantage.

Through our faculty, curriculum, and experiential learning, we provide our students with opportunities that are diverse in thought, scope, and culture with a focus on community:

Understand the purposes, values, and essential operations of non-profit arts organizations and demonstrate this knowledge in practical applications.

Communicate how experiences inside and outside the classroom have shaped personal development and career aspirations.

Communicate coherently, effectively, and creatively in both written and oral formats.

Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process and how art and artists function in society.

Develop an expansive and inclusive world view of arts and culture that values different global perspectives, identities, concerns, and goals.

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Brenda Johnston
Associate Professor of Arts Administration and Department Chair
Arts Administration – JCA
Brenda Lee Johnston received her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management with an emphasis in Dance and a minor in Theatre Arts—Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She held an internship in the Marketing and Public Relations…
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Lewis Ricci
Instructor of Arts Administration
Arts Administration – JCA
In 2021, Lewis retired as the executive director of the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), a position he held since 2006.  Under Ricci’s leadership, the IAC was recognized as a national leader with groundbreaking work in emerging artist development,…
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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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