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ARTM Exchange is a multidisciplinary speaker series produced by the College of Charleston Arts Management Program. Each semester, we invite artists and arts leaders to join in conversation with our faculty, staff, students, and the community. 

ARTM Exchange events are held at 5:30pm in Harbor Walk West, Room 213 (360 Concord Street) unless stated otherwise. Parking is available in the Aquarium Garage (24 Calhoun Street), in addition to limited metered street parking on Concord and Charlotte Streets. Contact us for more information.

Spring 2023 Events


ARTM Exchange returns with a discussion on career paths in the music industry and the ins and outs of film and television synchronization featuring Emma Rose Isely '12, Senior Director of Film & TV Synchronization at Universal Music Group, on Monday, January 30th at 5:30pm at Harbor Walk West, 360 Concord Street, Room 213. The event will be hosted by a current Arts Management student, Sav Griffin ‘23. 

Shortly after graduating from the Arts Management Program at the College of Charleston in 2012, Emma Rose Isely moved to Los Angeles to continue her career in the music industry. Her prior positions include music supervision, management, booking, and radio promotions before joining Universal Music Group's East Coast Label Group: Def Jam, Island, Republic, and Verve in September 2019. As the Senior Director of Film & TV Synchronization for frontline artists across the four labels, Emma Rose curates custom pitches for film, television, promos, trailers, and sports clients. You have heard her work most recently in the new season of Ginny & Georgia (Netflix), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), and Bel-Air Season 2 promos (Peacock).



Mena Mark Hanna, General Director and CEO of Spoleto Festival USA, will present the opening talk for the Southeastern Arts Leadership Educators conference about navigating first year organizational leadership and balancing international-level arts programming with local priorities on Friday, February 17 at 6:00pm in Harbor Walk West, 360 Concord Street, Room 213. This talk is part of the ARTM Exchange series and is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Mena Mark Hanna is the General Director and CEO of Spoleto Festival USA, where he oversees all aspects of the performing arts festival. Previously, Hanna served as the Founding Dean and Professor of Musicology and Composition at the Barenboim-Said Akademie and the assistant artistic director and dramaturg at Houston Grand Opera. Hanna was formerly the creator and curator of the Edward W. Said Days and served as Trustee of Gingko Library in London. He currently sits on the Board of the Mahler Foundation and on the advisory board of the Time In Children’s Arts Initiative in New York. Hanna received a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University and was the recipient of Temple University’s inaugural Honors Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned his master’s degree in musicology and a D.Phil. in Music Composition and Critical Writing as an Oxford University Marshall Scholar. He has continued executive studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Hanna was appointed Spoleto Festival USA’s General Director in October 2021.


Fall 2022 Events 

Joy Young

ARTM Exchange launches with a discussion exploring the unique aspects of advancing and managing the arts in the South led by Joy Young, Vice President of Programs for South Arts, on Monday, October 3rd at 5:30 p.m. at Harbor Walk West, 360 Concord Street, Room 213

Joy Young, Ph.D., serves as the Vice President of Programs for South Arts and has more than 25 years of experience in the arts as an entrepreneurial performing artist, arts administrator, and academic. Joy’s work as a performing artist included owning a successful music studio and performing as a recitalist, sanctuary soloist, and studio and background vocalist. Her 14-year tenure with the South Carolina Arts Commission was highlighted by serving on the executive leadership team as the agency Director of Administration, Human Resources, and Operations. Joy also implemented a variety of programs at the South Carolina Arts Commission to include arts/artist entrepreneurship; nonprofit leadership and organizational development; cultural tourism; statewide conferences and convening; and the AIR Institute. Joy’s contributions to the arts at the national level include service as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, member of the Committee for Individual Artists with Grantmakers in the Arts, and a mentor for the NASAA DEI Mentorship Program.

Tuffus Zimbabwe and Karen Chandler

Pianist, composer, and educator Tuffus Zimbabwe has a conversation with Associate Professor Emerita, Karen Chandler on the legacy of Charleston's Jenkins family as foundational to jazz musicians and music on Monday, October 17th at 5:30 p.m. at Harbor Walk West, 360 Concord Street, Room 213. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

Tuffus Zimbabwe is a pianist, composer, and educator from the Boston area. He studied music at Berklee College of Music and New York University. Mr. Zimbabwe is a keyboardist for the Saturday Night Live Band on NBC and a pianist for the Trilogy Opera Company. Tuffus has roots in Charleston through his grandmother Mildred Jenkins, a professional operatic and spiritual vocalist who studied at the New England conservatory and the Sorbonne in Paris. Mildred Jenkins and her older brother Edmund Thornton Jenkins were children of Rev. Daniel Joseph Jenkins and Lena James, founders of Charleston’s Jenkins Orphanage and internationally-renowned Jenkins Orphanage Band. Edmund Thornton Jenkins got his start taking private lessons at an early age, playing in the Jenkins Orphanage Band and his father’s church. 

Karen Chandler, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emerita of Arts Management, retired from the College of Charleston in 2022. From 2014-2019 and 1999-2001, she was the Director of the Arts Management Program and the Graduate Certificate in Arts Management and, over the years, has taught courses in both programs. She served as the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management, a graduate program begun in Fall 2019 with degree options in the Master of Public Administration and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs from 2019-2021. Chandler is also Co-Founder/Principal of the Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI), a jazz history and research project that documents the careers of South Carolina musicians who helped shape jazz history in America and Europe, including members of Charleston's Jenkins Orphanage Band. Read her full bio here.

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Charleston School of the Arts and the Department of Music.