Camille Schenkkan, Arts Management
"The time I spent in the Arts Management Program at Claremont Graduate University was such a gift. When I entered the program in 2007, I was working as a children’s DJ and the part-time Development Director for a small local theatre company. Three years later, I’m the Operations Director for Los Angeles County’s arts advocacy organization, Arts for LA, have taken a leadership role in the Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles network, and have built relationships with dozens of arts management professionals nationwide. I’ve been inspired to foster my own creativity and increase the organizational capacity of my theatre company, Circle X Theatre Co., where I continue to volunteer. I can trace these opportunities to my time at Claremont Graduate University."
"In fact, I approached Arts for LA’s Executive Director after she guest-taught an Intro to Arts Management course session. I told her I’d enjoyed her presentation and asked if she needed an assistant. Two and a half years later, working at Arts for LA has helped me establish myself as a professional arts manager."
"The program’s curriculum-- a combination of MBA courses through the Drucker School and arts management classes (often taught by high-level working professionals)-- has given me a solid foundation for leading arts and cultural organizations as well as business skills applicable in any field. I appreciate the Arts Management program’s balance of academic rigor and practical management strategies. As a working student, I’ve been able to earn my degree in three years by taking advantage of CGU’s evening and weekend courses. Claremont is only about an hour from my home in Hollywood, so commuting hasn’t been a problem."
"I’d recommend this program to anyone interested in becoming a balanced, strategic and focused arts & cultural leader. I’ve had a wonderful experience and look forward to staying in touch with the colleagues and mentors I’ve met through the Arts Management Program at CGU."