ERIC Number: ED289766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Managers of the Arts: Careers and Opinions of Senior Administrators of U.S. Art Museums, Symphony Orchestras, Resident Theaters, and Local Arts Agencies. Research Division Report #20.
This survey report provides information on senior administrators in four types of arts organizations: resident theaters, art museums, symphony orchestras, and community arts agencies. It examines: (1) their backgrounds and careers; (2) the rewards they receive from their work; (3) their expectations about future employment; (4) their training and their evaluation of it; and (5) their professional participation and attitudes on a number of management and policy issues. The study found that most administrators came from relatively privileged social backgrounds and were notably well educated. Administrators were initially recruited into their fields from various sources, many entering their fields immediately after completing their formal education. Arts administration careers lack the formal structure of most professions. A lack of resources and other more subjective rewards may lead to attrition among some directors and administrators. Administrators in all four fields believe their preparation could have been much better. It appears that arts administration is a term that describes not a single profession, but a family of occupations, each with its own labor market. Arts organizations face challenges in recruiting and retaining talented administrators. (SM)
Descriptors: Administration, Administrative Organization, Administrator Education, Agencies, Art, Career Ladders, Careers, Expectation, Museums, Orchestras, Professional Development, Professional Occupations, Rewards, Theaters, Training
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC. Research Div.