"I work as the director of programming for the University of Minnesota Tickets and Events and am actively involved in the arts community here through this role. Using a customer relationship management system, I provide ticketing and database services for all of the arts on campus.
"Initially, I was in a different program, designing a degree that featured similar course work to what I will be taking in the MPS in Arts and Cultural Leadership. I moved to this program because it is a great fit for me in terms of courses, but also because of the opportunity to meet and work with other professionals in the business.
"It's exciting to have access to leaders in the field and see what they have achieved, and how they've done it. And being able to see what my cohorts are striving for and to broaden my knowledge of arts in our society is another bonus.
"Great changes are taking place [in the arts], and many organizations need to redefine themselves and need leaders who can help them through this transition. The ACL program takes into account the great diversity and interdisciplinary training you need to be that kind of leader.
"My course work is focused on trends and strategies in the arts, both today and in the past, as well as on financial planning and development, with a future career goal of establishing a ticket services department for all the arts on campus."