Prof. Ellen Rosewall of Arts Management did an hour earlier this month (Nov. 10) on the Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. A former chair of the Wisconsin Public Radio Association, a leading arts advocate and chair and founder of UWGB’s arts management major, Rosewall shared her observation that society/business/everyone needs the creativity that those “frivolous or impractical” fine arts degrees cultivate. Great interview and call-ins, at this site.
Prof. Ellen Rosewall of Arts Management has been booked to appear on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Joy Cardin Show” during the 6 to 7 a.m. hour next Tuesday (Nov. 10). Rosewall will elaborate on her recent Press-Gazette guest essay in which she emphasized the personal and societal value of liberal arts and arts degrees.
In a Press-Gazette guest column, the Rosewalls — professor and Arts Management chair Ellen at UWGB, and associate academic dean Michael at SNC — take issue with a previous newspaper article implying that college majors in the visual and performing arts are questionable investments. For reasons ranging from creative and critical thinking to the ability to collaborate and accept constructive critique, the Rosewalls say, the arts are only growing in importance… and value.
Prof. Ellen Rosewall of Arts Management has just returned from the Pacific Northwest, where she presented a session on “The Future of Arts Management Education” to the Association of Arts Administration Educators conference in Portland. She also spent three days teaching and conducting faculty development workshops at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and was honored at an author reception and book signing at Seattle University. As a part of her sabbatical research project, she met with arts organizations and administrators in Portland, Eugene and Seattle who are engaged in innovation and change, including the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon Ballet Theater, ADX Portland, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene), the Gallery at the Watershed, and the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle.
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Profiling the innovative arts organization – Prof. Ellen Rosewall visited several dozen arts organization across the country this semester. Rosewall says that, following publication of her book Arts Management in 2013, her next project will be to present case studies of organizations coping with the changing arts landscape of the 21st century.
We included a link to the awards photo gallery in Tuesday’s Log Extra but, for the record, and for the benefit of those who don’t choose to receive Extra, we repeat the news that Cassie Alfheim is both the UW-Green Bay Student Employee of the Year and state winner of the same recognition. An employee of the Grants and Research Office, Alfheim assists in ensuring timely and smooth transmission of all grant proposals and is a leading campus liaison for the Systemwide Posters in the Rotunda. She’s a senior studying Arts Management, Spanish, and Vocal Performance. For more on her award-winning achievements.
Prof. Ellen Rosewall, Arts Management, was scheduled to be the featured speaker at two events in Washington, D.C. and Syracuse, N.Y. this week. On Feb. 27 she delivered the keynote at the Arts Management Program’s Spring Colloquium at American University, and on March 3 she was scheduled to speak at a reception at LeMoyne University in celebration of their recently announced master’s program in arts management. Rosewall, the author of Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2013), was to hold book signings at both location and speak to arts management classes.
UW-Green Bay Prof. Ellen Rosewall tackled a timely topic during the first After Thoughts presentation of the academic year Oct. 7, presenting “Future of the Arts: Is the Green Bay Symphony the Canary in the Coal Mine?” before a full house in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
Drawing from a variety of recent and relevant examples, Rosewall examined the challenges and successes of symphonies, museums and other cultural organizations — including the titular century-old Green Bay Symphony, which announced last spring that its next season would be its last. Rosewall also highlighted nationwide and close-to-home successes — including the very venue in which she stood to give her talk.
“The demise of the Green Bay Symphony is part of some major changes, not just in the arts, but in society as a whole,” Rosewall said. “It took me about 30 seconds on Google to find more than a dozen examples of traditional arts organizations around the country that are closing their doors, struggling to survive. … It took me another 30 seconds to find examples of success stories.
“Which tells the true story? Both of them do. And more.”
Rosewall went on to detail characteristics of successful arts organizations — those that can and do thrive in today’s fast-paced, pop culture environment. These organizations think outside the box, Rosewall said, and they employ a sense of democracy, letting audiences — not just critics — be a part of deciding what’s good. They’re also experiential, letting audiences be a part of art, and they’re innovative, Rosewall said. Finally, successful organizations are integrated into community life, making them more relevant and bolstering the civic benefits they provide.
Rosewall closed her talk with an entreaty to those present, asking them to support the arts in a multitude of ways — and not just financially. Whether it’s taking a public art tour, bringing kids to museums instead of (or in addition to) Chuck E. Cheese, or spreading the word about great art in one’s community, we all have a role in helping the arts to survive and thrive, she said.
“If everybody here did every one of these things,” Rosewall said, “I think we’d be safe for another millennium.”
More information about After Thoughts is available at www.uwgb.edu/afterthoughts.
– Photos by Eric Miller, photographer, and Lauren Hlavka, student photography intern, Office of Marketing and University Communication
The first After Thoughts of the season is fast approaching, with a gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 7) in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center. Arts Management Prof. Ellen Rosewall will present “Future of the Arts: Is the Green Bay Symphony the canary in the coalmine?” Rosewall, author and advocate for the arts, will touch upon the success of UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center in the face of a challenging environment locally and nationally, and she’ll also discuss the announcement of the final season for the 100-year-old Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. Each After Thoughts starts with time to network, mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured guest speaker begins. Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $14. Read more.
Prof. Ellen Rosewall will explore the juxtaposition between the announced dissolution of the Green Bay Symphony and the success of the recently revived Weidner Center — and what it might all mean for the future of the arts — during the first After Thoughts event of the academic year. Rosewall will present “Future of the Arts: Is the Green Bay Symphony the canary in the coal mine?” Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The event begins with a 5 p.m. reception, which will be followed by Rosewall’s talk at 5:45. The After Thoughts gathering also will serve as an opportunity for introduction to Georgia Miller, wife of Chancellor Gary L. Miller and a new member of the After Thoughts planning committee. Our news release has additional details.
UW-Green Bay Professor of Arts Management Ellen Rosewall will present “Future of the Arts: Is the Green Bay Symphony the canary in the coal mine?” Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Rosewall will call on her three decades of art industry experience to provide insight into the arts, arts management and arts appreciation in Northeastern Wisconsin, using the closing of the symphony (currently in its final season) to discuss the future of the arts in our area. After Thoughts begins with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by Rosewall’s talk at 5:45.
When the Green Bay Symphony announced last spring that its next season would be its last, it joined the likes of several major cultural organizations around the country that have flirted with closure or become embroiled in labor disputes, Rosewall said. At the same time, there are stories of success — including UW-Green Bay’s own Weidner Center for the Performing Arts — that fly in the face of pessimism about the future of the arts.
“Which scenario paints the more accurate picture of the arts in the 21st century?” Rosewall said. “And more importantly, why should we care? Are the arts just like any other business, in which only the strong survive, or do they have broader meaning for our communities?”
Rosewall is known locally and nationally as an arts management specialist and advocate for the arts. She began her career as a musician, teaching music at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis while maintaining an active career as a freelance singer, actor and pianist before entering arts management full time in 1989. Since then, Rosewall has held a number of high-profile leadership roles in the field of arts management, and she remains in demand as a consultant and speaker, working with arts organizations in small and large communities on fundraising, strategic planning and audience development. Her book, “Arts Management: Bringing Arts and Audiences Together in the 21st Century,” was published by Oxford University Press in October 2013.
In addition to kicking off programming for the academic year, the Oct. 7 After Thoughts program will serve as an opportunity for introduction to Georgia Miller, wife of new UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller and the newest member of the After Thoughts planning committee. The Millers joined the UW-Green Bay community in August.
Now in its fourth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect women in the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase University faculty, staff and guests, and convene women — and often “a few good men” — after their workdays for learning, enrichment and fun. The sessions are so named because they provide “After Thoughts” for participants to take with them when they leave.
Each After Thoughts session takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The events begin with time to network, mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured guest speaker begins.
Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $14. To reserve your spot, send a check (payable to UW-Green Bay Foundation) to: UW-Green Bay Foundation, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311; or register online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/afterthoughts. Walk-up registration also is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information. You can find After Thoughts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/afterthoughts.uwgb. Visit http://www.uwgb.edu/afterthoughts/ for more information about the series.