The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) is an international organization incorporated as a nonprofit institution within the United States. Its mission is to represent college and university graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration, encompassing training in the management of visual, performing, literary, media, cultural and arts service organizations. Founded in 1979, the AAAE was created to provide a forum for communication among its members and advocate formal training and high standards of education for arts administrators. The Association, moreover, encourages its members to pursue, publish, present and disseminate research in arts management and administration to strengthen the understanding of arts management issues in the academic and professional fields.
Recognition of arts administration as a profession is a recent development. Because formal education was not begun until the mid-1960’s, the profession is still in its adolescence, even as arts institutions are demanding higher levels of sophistication from their administrators.
The Association believes that higher education remains the appropriate response to these demands and to the present and future management needs of the arts. Information is available on each member program’s history, purpose, background, administration, degree(s), curriculum and application procedure through this web site.
The 2014-15 Board of Directors: Back row, L-R: Alan Salzenstein, Kathryn Heidemann, David Edelman, Susan Booth, Rachel Shane, Kevin Maifeld, Sherburne Laughlin. Front row, L-R: Ellen Rosewall, Brea Heidelberg, Travis Newton. Not pictured: Julie Hawkins, Sherry Wagner-Henry, Sun-man Tseng
Alan Salzenstein, President
Sherburne Laughlin, Vice President
David Edelman, Treasurer
Travis Newton, Secretary
Susan Badger Booth
Eastern Michigan University
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
University of Kentucky
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
University of Wisconsin, Bolz Center for Arts Administration
Katy Coy, Executive Director