Alexandra Rachelle Siclait is one such student. The inaugural member of the Janklow Arts Leadership Advanced Certificate Program, she hopes to parlay her management training into a career with an arts organization or a cultural affairs bureau.
“I want to combine my business skills with my passion for culture and the arts,” says Siclait, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. “I want to shape public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors around arts and cultural activities.”
Siclait, who recently served as a cultural intern with the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse, is pursuing the certificate as part of the public diplomacy program, offered jointly by the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and the Newhouse School’s Department of Public Relations. She earned a paralegal certificate and bachelor’s degree in political communication from George Washington University.
Students in the Janklow Arts Leadership Advanced Certificate Program, such as Siclait, are required to take nine credits in three core courses and then select six credits from a list of electives. The curriculum encompasses coursework in entrepreneurship and leadership; marketing and public relations; financial accounting and budgetary planning; operations; strategic planning and analysis; financial and audience development; education and outreach; and legal, ethical, and public policy issues in the arts.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, possess strong GRE test scores, and demonstrate knowledge of the arts or business management or both. Limited financial aid is available for qualified applicants.
“Our work lies at the nexus of social entrepreneurship and arts administration,” says Nerenhausen. “The rising quality and diversity of our students indicate that the word is getting out about us.”
The Janklow Program is a 15-month, 39-credit hour master’s program that trains leaders of nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the creative and performing arts. The program is named for Morton L. Janklow ’50, one of the country’s most powerful literary agents and arts advocates.
The Janklow Program enjoys close partnerships with some of the nation’s leading arts organizations, including Broadway Across America, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Classical South Florida, the Luminato Festival, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Webb Management Services. Janklow students currently intern at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Center and Seattle Art Museum.