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Alumni Spotlight

Where are they now?
Graduates of the MPA Program with a concentration in Arts Management have a wide range of jobs related to arts and non-profit management.  Here's what our graduate assistants are doing today:

Nancy Cooper
, Class of 2015
Development Office for Grants and Administration, Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham, AL

Madison Kingery,
Class of 2014
Owner, MadMade Metals
Charleston, SC

Susan Luna, Class of 2013
Executive Director, Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association
Cookesville, TN

Amanda Birkenhauer, Class of 2012
Administrative Coordinator, Darla Moore School of Business, University of SC
Columbia, SC

Jade Lawson Fountain, Class of 2011
Gifts Administrator, Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Caitlin Patton, Class of 2010
Executive Director, National Music Festival
Chestertown, MD

Crystal Ford
, Class of 2009
Coordinator of Service-Learning & Volunteerism, Miami University Middletown
Middletown, OH

Kathrine Burrus, Class of 2007
Events Coordinator, Fresh Air Family
Huntsville, AL

Erin Rogers Randall
, Class of 2007
Grants Specialist, SunGard
High Point, NC

Erin Snyder Fisher
, Class of 2006
Vice President, Community Initiatives, Lowcountry Foodbank
Charleston, SC

Q&A with Rachel DeWyngaert
Arts Management Graduate Certificate, May 2013

Rachel DeWyngaert

Soon after receiving her Arts Management Graduate Certificate, Rachel was offered a job with the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs as Finance Manager. Now in her second year at OCA, she is responsible for managing the budgets related to Piccolo Spoleto, MOJA Arts Festival, and the Charleston Farmers Market, as well as administrating the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant.

Why did you choose to complete the Arts Management Graduate Certificate?

I was working full time in an industry that was not fulfilling to me. I wanted to further my education but not commit yet to a full time master's degree. I knew I wanted to go back to school for a career in the arts field and the arts management certification was the best option locally.

How do you think it benefited you then and now?

My education and subsequent certificate directly benefited me since I was hired for an arts management position just months after completing the program. I love my job now so the certificate was the best thing I could do for myself at that time.

Tell us a little about your current position. What are your biggest challenges, and what do enjoy the most?

In my opinion, the highlight of being a part of the Office of Cultural Affairs is helping local artists and maintaining a small part of the wonderfully creative culture of Charleston. The biggest challenge is knowing how abundant worthy arts organizations are in Charleston and not being able to bring attention to all of them. My favorite parts of this job include administrating the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and watching the festivals come to fruition. I get a front-row seat to see artists bring their dreams to life.