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 1975, 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.
- Barbara Harkins, Administrative Director
Susan Badger Booth (Board Secretary), Eastern Michigan University
David Edelman, Shenandoah University
Sherri Helwig [Board Secretary], University of Toronto-Scarborough
Carlo Lamanga, New York University
Sherburne Laughlin, American University
Richard Maloney, Boston University
Ellen Rosewall (Board Vice-President), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Alan Salzenstein (Board President), DePaul University
Carole Rosenstein , George Mason University
Rachel Shane, University of Kentucky
Robert Wildman [Board Treasurer] , CW Post Long Island University
Michael Wilkerson , Indiana University
Laura Zucker, Claremont Graduate University