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Ximena Varela

Director, Arts Management Program
Department of Performing Arts

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    Associate Professor of Arts Management
  • Ximena Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in international cultural policy, management practice, marketing strategy, arts management research, and culturally sustainable development. She has worked with and advised international organizations, national and regional governments, city agencies, as well as private and nonprofit organizations in arts funding and arts policy. She has published, lectured and taught extensively in the United States, Latin America, Europe and China. Currently, she serves on the board of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Arts Management, and has been a board member of the Latin American Institute of Museums since 2000. Formerly, Prof. Varela served on the boards of the Bach Sinfonia and the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), and for several years was Chair of the AAAE's Research Council. She holds an MA in Arts Management for Drexel University, has course PhD studies in Comparative Politics from Temple University, two undergraduate degrees in Business and Finance from the Catholic University of Uruguay, and is a certified Teacher of English to Students of Other Languages. Ximena teaches courses in Museum Management, Marketing, International Cultural Management, Art and the City, Research Methods, and is Chair for the Arts Management theses.
  • Degrees

    ABD in Comparative Politics, Temple University
    MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University
    Licenciate in Business (Marketing and Finance) from the Universidad Catolica del Uruguay (UCUDAL) TESOL Certification, Dickens Institute, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    The top floor of the Katzen Art Museum

    Languages Spoken:

    English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

  • CAS - Performing Arts
  • Katzen Arts Center - 235

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  • Summer 2015

    • PERF-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Power/Ethics in Amer Museum
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    • PERF-696 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Power/Ethics in Amer Museum
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  • Fall 2015

  • Spring 2016

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Area of Expertise: Culturally sustainable development, arts and social inclusion, Latin American cultural policy, marketing and audience development, comparative cultural policy, organizational change, research methods

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