Arts Administration

Making the arts your business.

Arts administrators make the arts happen. Whether it’s through marketing, ticket sales, or fundraising, arts administrators provide the crucial infrastructure necessary to bring the arts to the public.

Arts, innovation, and integration.

Next time you’re at a show, think about all the work that goes into making the performance a reality. Without funding for venues, costumes, and wages, marketing to build an audience, and staff to make sure you have a seat, participating in the arts would be quite a challenge. In short, arts administrators help bring audiences and artists together. 

The Arts Administration program is integrated into our community and within other Colleges at Butler. Students take classes in business, communication, the arts, and more, preparing our students to become innovators, connectors, and leaders in their fields and communities.

of 2020 graduates were employed or attending graduate school within one year of graduation
Offers 6 degree concentrations
Founded in the late 1970s, making it one of the oldest undergraduate programs in the nation

Alumni Success

While most recent graduates will leave Butler for new chapters, some will stay. That’s the case for recent Arts Administration graduate Katelyn Soards ’23 who will work as the Assistant Director of Sponsorships for the Butler Arts and Events Center.

Katelyn Soards

Studying on the job is encouraged

All Arts Administration students participate in internships and experiential learning opportunities. While Indianapolis provides ample opportunities to gain experience, our students are motivated to explore options in other parts of the country and even the world. These experiences prepare students for future success in their careers and in life. 

Our students have completed internships at organizations such as The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet School, The Kennedy Center, and more .