October 16, 2014

Arts Management Director Laura Zucker travels to China as part of California cultural exchange mission

Laura Zucker, director of Claremont Graduate University (CGU’s) Arts Management Program, is one of 10 California arts leaders traveling to China this week as guests of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. Over a 10-day stay, Zucker and other delegates will visit cultural institutions and performing arts groups in Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing.

Laura Zucker, director of Claremont Graduate University's Arts Management ProgramThe trip is part of a larger effort to develop and enhance the relationship between China and California through cultural and creative affairs and exchanges.

Artistic trade is one part of California’s recent effort to establish and build closer ties with China through trade and international relations. Other efforts include the governor’s Trade and Investment Mission to China and the opening of the California-China Office of Trade.

The trip is led by the California Arts Council. The delegate list includes: Craig Watson, director of the California Arts Council; Dana Springs, executive director of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; Tom DeCaigny, executive directory of the San Francisco Arts Commission; Kerry Adams Hapner, director of the San Jose Department of Cultural Affairs; and Jessica Cusick, executive director of the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division.

In addition to leading CGU’s Arts Management Program, Zucker is executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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.