Training cultural leaders is at the heart of all we do.


The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) consists of more than 150 member programs, all training and equipping students in arts leadership, management, entrepreneurship, cultural policy, and more. Our network of instructors and their alumni are the cornerstones of local arts communities across the globe. AAAE serves as a convener, a resource, and an advocate for formal arts administration education.

We represent more than 100 higher education arts administration programs from across the globe. Our members develop and run programs of all shapes and sizes: undergraduate to graduate, private schools to state universities, online, cohort-based, fellowship-based, and more.

We maintain a network of program directors, scholars, and practitioners working to strengthen arts administration education and connect them to prospective students. We also encourage our members to pursue, publish, and present research in arts management and administration.

Students interested in training programs for managing visual, performing, literary, media, cultural, and arts service organizations can learn more about our member programs: their history, mission, curricula, degree(s) offered, and application procedures.

Education is the bedrock for strong arts administration, and we’re committed to building future leaders.


Learn more about Arts Administration






Sherburne Laughlin, President
American University

Kevin Maifeld, Vice President
Seattle University

Julie Goodman,  Treasurer
Drexel University

Travis Newton, Secretary
LeMoyne College


Francois Colbert
HEC Montréal

David Edelman
Shenandoah University

Larry Epstein
Drexel University

Linda Essig
Arizona State University

Brea Heidelberg
Drexel University

Kathryn Heidemann
Carnegie Mellon University

Sun-man Tseng
The Education University of Hong Kong

Ximena Varela
American University

Sherry Wagner-Henry
University of Wisconsin, Bolz Center for Arts Administration



Alan Salzenstein, Immediate Past President
DePaul University

Annick Schramme, President of ENCATC
University of Antwerp


Katy Coy, Executive Director

Jessie Bower, Membership Assistant