• Instructor: Dr. W. Brett McKenzie
  • Office: GHH Room 317
  • Email address: wbteach@g.rwu.edu
Office phone number: 401-254-3534
Cell/Text: 401 626-0806
Course Lecture Hours
9AM - Noon
  • Office Hours:
        ◦    Mon: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
        ◦    Tues: 11:00 AM - Noon
        ◦    Thur:  8:30 - 9:30 AM

    Or by appointment Office Hours:

Course Description

Course Structure

Course Objectives

Text and Other Materials

The Arts Management Handbook: New Directions for Students and Practitioners
Meg Brindle and Constance DeVereaux 
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Routledge (June 17, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0765617420

Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century
Ellen Rosewall
Paperback: 327 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0199973709
(This text was used for the prior course).

Course Communications

 An RWU e-mail account is required for this class.
You may forward your RWU account to a preferred account, but you will be responsible for any e-mail messages sent to your RWU account.

Email Etiquette:

Your e-mail is important. If you use ACA350 to begin the subject, I expect to reply within 48 hours. Otherwise, I may not notice it among the other e-mails I receive.
  • Begin the subject line with ACA350 - use the address: wbteach@g.rwu.edu
  • Use a closing that indicates your real name or use signature block.
  • When replying to an e-mail, start your reply at the top of the email.
  • Use standard written English - capitalization, punctuation and paragraphing.
Text Etiquette
  • Use you name as the first word (my phone does not have all your numbers in my address book)
  • Don't text after 10 PM
  • Text once - I will reply

The Web
You will be required to complete and submit some assignments on-line using RWU Bridges  or similar LMS

Course Requirements

Readings and Labs
Read the chapters or online materials and complete theassignments. Assignments are due when assigned as class activities depend upon them. All assignments must be completed to pass the course. Assignments a week late or more will get a zero.

Projects are open ended assignments where you can display your knowledge. There are two project for the course:

Project details will be discussed in class.

Attendance Policy
You are expected to attend class. If you miss class, you will need to get the material from another student, the text, or web resources. If you miss more than four classes (equivalent of 2 weeks) your maximum grade will decrease by 1/2 letter grade for each additional absence. We will discuss and come to an agreement regarding cell phone usage in class.

Academic Integrity
You are encouraged to work with others in your class because an alternate explanation can be helpful. However, assignments you submit and projects you present are your own work alone unless specified otherwise. You will be required to complete at least one project as a team. You are expected to credit intellectual property sources for all media used in your projects. Intellectual theft results in a zero for the assignment.

Plagiarism Checker (Vericite, TurnItIn.com, SafeAssign or other service)
Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to an auto-checker for the detection of plagiarism.

Services for Academic Access
Students who wish to receive academic accommodations for this course must first register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) in order to begin the accommodation process. The SAS office will provide registered students with the specific information they will need to share with each instructor. SAS is located on the second floor of the Main University Library and is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. For more information about the services and accommodations available through Student Accessibility Services please review the following link: https://www.rwu.edu/undergraduate/academics/student-academic-success/student-accessibility-services. Please then see me directly during my office hours so that we can have a private conversation about your specific needs.

Course Grading







Participation/Guest Engagement


Project 1


Project 2




Proposed Schedule:

Readings - Brindle
Readings - Rose

Pre-class reading:     Becker, Preface, Art Worlds (on website)
Cha 1 (on website)

Introduction: Class Structure - Topic Assignments

II Feb 03
 Feb 07 Performance Zeiterion

III Feb 10
Art and Culture Careers
Cha 8
Cha 1 & 2
IV Feb 17
Arts Research Project - David Middleton
Cha 4

V Feb 24
Cha 11                                     Cha 10 & 11
VI Mar2
Arts Research Project - Update
Cha 5 Cha 13  & 14
S P R I N G    B R E A K

Mar 16
 Launch Project Proposal
Chap 10
Cha 6 & 15
IX Mar 23
Intellectual Property, Copyright and Ownership,

X Mar 30
Board Management Art Leadership
Cha 12
Cha 5 & 6
XI Apr 06
Arts Research Project - Presentation

Cha 12
XII Apr 13
Public Policy and Arts (PPAC Visit)
Cha 09
Cha 15 & 16
XIII Apr 20
Publishing and For Profit Issues

Cha 3
XIV Apr 27
Arts Research Project - Wrap/Launch Project review

Cha 4 & 7
May 04
Launch Project Presentations

Final Exam Period *

 *this date may change

Course Materials
Course materials are covered by the appropriate copyright. Locally prepared course materials are the property of the faculty, which includes hand-outs, website content, and other presentation materials or assignments. Use beyond the classroom requires permission.

Course Recordings
Audio and video recordings of the course are permitted with the instructor's consent. These materials are to assist you  in completing your coursework and are not authorized for redistribution.

Student Course Materials
Completed assignments, especially projects, may be used to build instructional portfolios and serve as instructional examples for future classes, or in instructional workshops. All reasonable attempts to remove personal identification while maintaining the integrity of the project will be made. Permission to use your class projects at academic conferences may be requested.

Title XI
    Roger Williams University fosters a campus free of power-based personal violence including sexual harassment, domestic violence, relationship violence, stalking, and/or any form of sex or gender-based discrimination. If you disclose a personal experience as described above, either verbally or in writing, the course instructor is required to notify the Title IX Coordinator. To disclose any such violence confidentially, contact one of the three resources listed below:
    The RWU Counseling Center 401-254-3124 https://www.rwu.edu/undergraduate/student-life/health-and-counseling/counseling-center
    Health Services 401-254-3156 https://www.rwu.edu/undergraduate/student-life/health-and-counseling/health-services
    University Chaplain, Rev. Nancy Soukup 401-254-3433 https://www.rwu.edu/undergraduate/student-life/identity-culture-and-spirituality/spiritual-life Additional information regarding your rights and resources are available at: https://www.rwu.edu/undergraduate/student-life/health-and-counseling/sexual-assault-and-dating- violence/title-ix-rwu

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