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Arts Management Superstar Joins AU Faculty

By Abbey Becker

Andrew Taylor

Photo courtesy of Andrew Taylor

The Department of Performing Arts will welcome Andrew Taylor as an arts management professor beginning in the fall of 2012. His schedule calls for him to teach a new arts enterprise course in the fall and a seminar in arts management for seniors in the spring. The seminar will cover intraorganizational learning such as internal program evaluations and personal work and interorganizational learning, including mergers and collaborations.

“It’s a thrill to join the smart and passionate team in the Arts Management Program and the Department of Performing Arts,” says Taylor. “The rigor and reach of the department’s work, and the growing partnerships across campus and around the world, make AU an ideal place to explore what’s next in the business of arts and culture.”

Professor Sherburne Laughlin, the director of the Arts Management Program, is thrilled to have Taylor as a new colleague. “With Andrew, the current faculty, and new adjuncts, AU is going to be the place to study arts management,” she says. “It means a lot for our students, but it’s also beneficial for us as a cohort and for what we can contribute to the field of arts management.”

National Arts Strategies president and CEO Russell Willis Taylor praises Taylor for his visionary leadership. “Andrew Taylor is one of the most extraordinary thought leaders in our field.  He will bring a great deal to the talented community of teachers and students in the Arts Management Program at American University,” she says. “The university is to be congratulated on this outstanding appointment!”

These sentiments were echoed by National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman who looks forward to Taylor’s future at AU. “I am delighted to welcome Andrew Taylor to Washington, D.C., and his new position at American University,” he says. “Andrew is a consistently innovative thinker who is not afraid to question conventional wisdom and ask provocative questions. I have enjoyed our ongoing dialogue and look forward to having an even closer working relationship as he starts this exciting chapter in his career.”

College of Arts and Sciences dean Peter Starr knows Taylor will be a great asset to the College and the university. “Andrew Taylor is a superstar in the field of arts management,” he says. “Adding him to an already outstanding faculty lineup makes AU the university to beat in a field in which we have been pioneers for the past four decades.”