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Arts Management receives $100,000 from Ralph M. Parsons Foundation for student fellowships

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Claremont Graduate University's Arts Management program has received a $100,000 grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation to fund student fellowships over the next two years.

The fellowships will help underwrite tuition costs for students as they study to become the next generation of highly skilled leaders of the region's arts and cultural organizations.

"This support will have an enormous impact on our students," said Laura Zucker, director of CGU's Arts Management program. "Many of our students are employed by nonprofit organizations that cannot provide tuition aid. This will also provide means for traditionally underserved students to enroll and study in the program."

CGU's Arts Management program addresses a growing demand for professionally trained managers in arts and cultural organizations.

A partnership of CGU’s School of Arts and Humanities and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, the program blends the curricula of both: study in the arts and humanities with contemporary management skills. The course of study allows graduates to get a leg up in a changing non-profit world that demands backgrounds in both business and the arts.

The program is the only one of its kind in California.

This is the second gift from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation to the program.  In 2009, the foundation generously supported the program with a two-year, $100,000 grant for fellowships.

Previous recipients have gone on to take jobs with organizations including the Long Beach Arts Commission, the Fender Music Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation strives to support and facilitate the work of the region's best nonprofit organizations, recognizing that many of those in need today will go on to shape the future of Southern California, to define it, redefine it, and help it set and achieve new goals.

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