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About This Micro-Credential

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The Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region has a long and deep history with the arts, including being home to the nation's oldest and largest community campaign for the arts. Our region has hundreds of nonprofit organizations involved in providing, promoting, and supporting the arts including art museums, theaters, orchestras, dance companies, community-based art centers, and performance venues. 

The Arts Administration graduate micro-credential provides knowledge, understanding, skills, and experiences to individuals who want to work with these arts organizations.

The micro-credential will prepare students for various administrative and management positions in arts organizations -- from entry-level positions on up -- in program management, fundraising, financial management, volunteer coordination, and more.

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Skills You Will Gain

Arts Administration

Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Organization

Basic Nonprofit Budgeting

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism as well as the role of the nonprofit sector in our society and economy.
  • Appreciate different legal issues as they pertain to the nonprofit sector.
  • Describe the different sources of revenue and techniques of raising funds for nonprofit arts organizations.
  • Explain relationships among nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses.
  • Demonstrate an ability to create a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organization.
  • Explore key areas and activities in which nonprofit arts administrators are involved including organizational governance, planning, budgeting, grant writing, other fundraising, marketing, and audience development.
  • Develop management strategies, techniques, and tools for nonprofit organizations.

Required Courses

  • PAD 594 - Special Topics: Arts Administration
  • PAD 620 - Managing Nonprofit Organizations

Choose one of the following:

  • PAD 621 - Resource Acquisition and Management
  • PAD 622 - Volunteer Management


Jennifer Bachner, PhD
Dr. Julie Cencula Olberding
Arts Administration, First semester offered: Spring 2021


Northern Kentucky University
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