Sample Specializations

Mill City Museum, MinneapolisCulture, Place, and Community Leadership

Arts and cultural organizations, as well as artists, increasingly are taking leadership roles impacting the physical, social, and economic well-being of people, neighborhoods, and cities. Known as creative placemaking, arts-led regeneration, and other names, leaders are needed with an understanding of complex systems that help communities thrive.

Museum Leadership

Students seeking meaningful roles in the institutional, interpretive, educational, or public engagement practices in the museum field can take advantage of the University of Minnesota’s Museum Studies Minor by completing it as a focus area within the ACL degree. With this specialization they can seek ways to serve as a leader among the wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, historical, scientific, and other topical fields addressed by museums.

Organizational Leadership

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations of all sizes require capable, innovative leaders who can navigate increasingly complex environments while appreciating the unique role such organizations play in making a difference in their communities. This focus area puts the student in direct contact with current leaders and prepares them with a range of essential technical skills and policy information. 

artist making a screen printSelf-designed Focus Area

For students entering the program seeking to design their own area of focus. The student who is already driven by a passion to expand their leadership in an area of their own design is empowered to take advantage of the vast academic resources of the U of M to assemble a focus that will best support their direction.