Fort Collins has the spirit of the west and Colorado embedded in its residents. From its origins as a frontier town, to its current status as a city boasting a major university, a thriving music scene, and a cluster of craft brewers, Fort Collins has emerged as a creative city where the arts often catalyze space into place. But one thing yet remains: an all-ages DIY music venue.
Arts Management programs began in the 1970s, following the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965, which stressed the need for leaders in the arts. Since then, technological advances have led to improvements in understanding and building audience engagement and navigating the necessity of marketing for artists in the 21st century.
For Elham Musa, the Master’s of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management program is pushing her to challenge societal norms, especially when typical Western values conflict with her worldviews as a Muslim and immigrant.
Jennifer Zidon is living proof of the proverb ‘when one door closes, another one opens.’ With a poetry degree and, soon, a master’s degree in arts leadership, Zidon is using her professional experience in community relations to advocate for artists and the planet.
Soft Skills for Professionals provided students practice in soft skills such as critical observation, problem solving, adaptability, and tolerance to diversity through exercises designed to challenge students’ abilities.
Sandy Ceas’ work revolves around global social issues, particularly focusing on the impact of religion on communities.
“The LEAP program covers a side to the art world that I wouldn’t have gotten exposure to otherwise.”