Arts Administration (ARAD) at UVA is a distinctive interdisciplinary undergraduate initiative launched in 2005 and exists in a connective space of both aesthetics and practice where the arts and human creativity convene to seek an audience or market. This point of convening or crossroads offers the opportunity for research on how the arts and creativity generally interface with the rest of the world. ARAD at UVA attempts to nurture this coming together to benefit all of the arts at UVA while reimagining the role of Arts Administration as an interdisciplinary academic field.
The program developed within the liberal arts tradition, and as such, we seek to provide students with a creative outlook and understanding of the artistic process to prepare them for a rapidly changing future, rather than training them for tasks of the moment. We use the arts, and living artists especially, as prime exemplars of human creativity. Like the Lawn, the arts are connective and of practical utility to all domains and disciplines and we try to live this truth.
Our goal remains to positively impact the arts at UVA and in our community in general by being of service to departments and units such as the Museums, the Orchestra, the Film, Book and Photograph Festivals and the Heritage Theater; to non-curricular student groups like UPC (University Programs Council), Docents, Arts Board, acapella groups, and First Year Players; as well as exhibition spaces in Art, Architecture, Commerce, Darden, the UVA Libraries and more. Within these organizations, ARAD students serve as event managers, house managers, marketing and administrative interns and in other capacities.
Evidence of the success of this practical and aesthetic approach is indicated by the roster of 593 placements (as of Feb., 2015) of students & alumnae in internships, jobs and graduate admissions across the country and internationally.
"This is the type of course that changes your perspective on what you are doing and what you can be doing. This course has taught me more about humanity in general than any other course due to its cross-disciplinary nature and enriched my life and experiences at the university" -- An evaluation from The Arts in Context course of 2009
"My interdisciplinary experience has shaped the way I've consciously approached my studies and activities for the past 6 semesters. It's an inquisitive worldview that... gets stronger with every semester [as] connections between classes and actions and ideas...arise from weaving [elements together]." -- And on the value of an Interdisciplinary course of study, ARAD Major Laura Lyons (CLAS '14)