Women's Perspectives in Arts Administration

The Past, Present, & Future of Scholarship
2023 Inaugural Symposium

20 September 2023, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY

In our inaugural symposium, Women’s Perspectives in Arts Administration will celebrate the contributions of women-identifying scholars in the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary field of arts administration. We are bringing together an intergenerational group of women scholars, from undergraduate students to emeritus professors into a one-day symposium themed: The Past, Present, and Future of Scholarship. 

Hosted by the Department of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky, this first-of-its-kind symposium will take place as an adjoining day of activities the day before the Social Theory, Politics & the Arts Conference. We are embracing an ‘unconference’ method of participant-driven engagement, and our symposium activities involve panel discussions, workshops, and interactive plenaries, all of which will be documented as oral histories of our burgeoning field from the women who helped create and establish it and the women who are continuing to build and innovate it. 

Symposium Plenary

The Historical Development of

 Arts Administration Scholarship

Morning Plenary with

Dr. Karen Chandler, College of Charleston

Dr. Geri Maschio, University of Kentucky

Dr. Margaret Wyszomirski, The Ohio State University

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Symposium Schedule

8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast Welcome

9:00 AM Morning Plenary

Historical Development of Arts Administration Scholarship

10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions

11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions

1:00 PM Networking Lunch

2:00 PM Unconference Sessions

3:15 PM Closing Discussion

The Future of Arts Administration Scholarship

4:15 PM Adjourn

Full symposium program and session abstracts!

*WPAA Final Program + Abstracts

Faculty Chairs

Jaleesa Wells, PhD

Assistant Professor

Arts Administration

Rachel Shane, PhD

Professor, Chair

Arts Administration

Student Chairs

Destyni Green

Master of Arts

Arts Administration

Makenzie Shimko

Bachelor of Arts

Arts Administration