08 january 2013

New International Master in Arts Management Program


Courtesy of HEC Montreal
Four months in each thriving cultural scene to become a Master in International Arts Management

Beginning in September of 2013, 30 students will spend time in 3 major cities on two continents, learning what each has to offer in arts management.  Montreal, Dallas and Milan, don’t necessarily come to mind as the 3 obvious choices, but each of these places has great business schools with arts management programs, as well as thriving cultural scenes.

Instead of duplicating efforts, HEC Professor Francois Colbert says, they will maximize their strengths to offer the next generation of arts managers, the benefit of often hard-won experience, garnered over the last 50 years.

Francois Colbert is the Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montreal.  He was also awarded the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management last June.  This was in recognition of HEC’s capacity to help strengthen arts management organizations in Africa, Asia and South America.

"I’d like to have 30 students from 30 countries every year."

This new International Master in Arts Management program fits the mandate of the UNESCO Chair very well, and Francois
Colbert says, “ideally, if I want to dream, I’d like to have 30 students from 30 countries every year.” The program is described on HEC's website, as focusing  “on cultural policy, international law and the arts, cultural economics and the international art market, urban planning and cultural tourism, the international digital media market, and the strategy and governance of cultural organizations, as well as other areas of arts management”.

Professor Francois Colbert, HEC Montreal

The curriculum will be complemented by the diversity of students who will develop together into contacts and networks that will provide opportunities in the future.  The plan is also to include a 10-day campus abroad experience on another continent, but time and budgets will determine this element.

The program, which took 4 years to develop, has an advisory board that includes some big names, people currently working in the field and who can help provide expertise and direction for internships.  These include, Glenn Lowry, director of MOMA in New York City, Mikhail Piotrovsky,director of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Xiaohong Sun, former vice chairwoman of the China Arts and Entertainment Group in Beijing, and Gorgun Taner, the general director of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in Turkey, to name a few.

Already Francois Colbert has received queries from around the world, and is currently hosting virtual information sessions to accomodate varying time zones.

Carmel Kilkenny spoke with Professor Francois Colbert to find out more:
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