While theatres, venues, and performance spaces across the country are shuttered, the Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management (MALCM) enrolled a record number of students this semester.

“Faced with a challenging and devastating blow to arts organizations across the globe due to the pandemic, arts leaders are looking for ways to be involved in the recovery of our industry in a creative and thoughtful way,” said Arts Management Program Director Michelle Stanley. “Going back to school is one response for these leaders.”

Arts Management students bring diverse experiences, passions, and goals to Colorado State, whether they choose to pursue their degrees online or at the Fort Collins campus. Below, four MALCM students share their hopes for the future and why they chose CSU.


MALCM Student Jessi Simmons

Jessi Simmons

Jessi Simmons became interested in Arts Management after spending a semester as the Program Coordinator for the Arts Department at a private school. 

“I realized there were many career opportunities in the arts outside of the classroom!”

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MALCM student Lucas Hester

Lucas Hester

As a fire performer and “flow” artist, Lucas Hester wants to bring more mainstream attention to this explorative art form.

“If more flow artists had management skills, I believe the ambitious goals of many of these young performers and teachers could be met.”

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MALCM student JW Miller

JW Miller

With a passion for the arts and a desire to inspire, JW Miller was looking for the next step in his professional life.

“I’ve always pondered how I could bolster my career with the necessary skills to become a thorough manager and most importantly a leader. The Arts Management program is doing just that.”

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Kayla Jackson

Kayla Jackson hopes to provide opportunities, guidance, and resources to emerging artists of the Navajo Nation.

“The art world can be daunting and discouraging, but having a support system can make it fulfilling. I went on a quest to find a graduate program that allowed me to be versatile in the art community that aligned with my passion.”

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Get your degree in a community that values the arts

Earning a master’s degree in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management (MALCM) at Colorado State University prepares students for leadership in arts organizations, communities, and municipalities. Through practical, hands-on experiences in arts organizations and classes with experts in the field, students learn responsible arts advocacy, urban planning through the arts, the drivers of the arts economy, and how to create opportunities for artists of all disciplines.

Apply Today. Lead Tomorrow.

Applications for Spring 2021 will be reviewed on a rolling basis through December 31.