Special Lecture: Introduction to Art and Culture in the Global Age
Kenneth Foster
Creating Sustainable Arts Organizations

“Introduction to Art and Culture in the Global Age” is a series of special lectures organised by the Graduate school of Global Arts. In this course we invite specialist from around the world to give lectures and workshops. Hosted by Arts Management and Cultural Policy field, this time we welcome Prof. Kenneth Foster, Director of Arts Leadership, the University of Southern California, with a lecture “Creating Sustainable Arts Organizations.

Date: 1st November 2019 (Friday) 16:20~17:50
Venue: GA Lecture Room, 2nd Floor, Daikaku Kaikan, Ueno Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts

*Students of TUA are welcome to join.
*Lecture will be delivered in English.

Lecture: “Creating Sustainable Arts Organizations”

By Professor Kenneth Foster, Director, Arts Leadership, the University of Southern California

The changes occurring in the contemporary world present today’s arts organizations with unanticipated challenges. Based on his more than thirty years of experience leading nonprofit  arts organizations, and drawn from his recent book, Arts Leadership; Creating Sustainable Arts Organizations, Professor Foster discusses the contours of global change which demand organizational transformation. He proposes a unique organizational construct and methodology by which arts organizations can become sustainable entities, operating in alignment with the external environment and foregrounding their commitment to art and the artistic process.


Kenneth Foster is Professor of Practice in the Thornton School of Music and Director of Arts Leadership at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Before joining the faculty of USC, he was executive director of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) for ten years. The organization thrived under his leadership, benefittin
g from his dedication to nurturing long-term relationships with artists, growing YBCA’s audience and establishing the Center as an international leader in the contemporary arts.
Prof. Foster has more than 30 years of experience as an arts administrator, curator, educator, and performing arts presenter at Millikin University, Penn State University and the University of Arizona in addition to YBCA and has served in leadership roles for several national arts service organizations. He is the author of two books: Performing Arts Presenting; From Theory to Practice (2001) and Arts Leadership; Creating Sustainable Arts Organizations (2018). He was a Founding Member of the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium and consults regularly with arts organizations around the world on issues of leadership, organizational design and sustainability in the performing arts.


Organized by: Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

Faculty Room, Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts