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There is a special place where students interested in arts management can learn important entrepreneurial skills that will prepare them for a successful career in the private or public arts sector. It’s the Barnett Center at The Ohio State University. Abel Hernåndez Graduate Student in Design


BARNETT CENTER PROGRAMS Graduate Student Think Tank: Groups of interdisciplinary graduate students work collaboratively with artists and organizations to solve critical artists’ issues and identify and develop new models for organizational management structures, assist with succession planning and conduct field research. The Think Tank works with national and international artists and local and regional organizations. Think Tank participants regularly present their work at national and international conferences, and are partnering with organizations such as the international performance ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock and the King Arts Complex in Columbus. Barnett Speaker Series and Seminars: Speakers and seminars offer a platform for new thinking, research and practice in integrated arts, arts entrepreneurship and enterprise. Barnett Symposium: This biannual event is an in-depth inquiry and analysis of public and non-profit sector policies and practices. The inaugural symposium in 1993 brought together key figures from foundations, state arts councils, university experts in public policy, artists and arts administrators to discuss the broad topic of public policy and the arts. Mentorships and Internships: The Barnett Center identifies opportunities for students to participate in residencies and practicums with alumni, faculty and arts practitioners in a variety of platforms and locations. Local, national and international placements are cultivated with student input. Barnett Ambassadors: The Ambassadors meet three times per year, attend Barnett Center activities and events, connect with internal and external constituents, and recommend collaborations, partnerships, programs and events. They represent Barnett Center partners and include representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences, Fisher College of Business, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, School of Music, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Public Health, VSA Ohio, Black Arts Plus and Huntington Bank. See go.osu.edu/barnett-ambassadors for the full list of Ambassadors.


The Barnett Center has a Think Tank made up of graduate students who tackle business/arts issues. Currently, the group (above) is working with the internationally acclaimed performance ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. (top photo) Photo Credit: Sweet Honey photo Dwight Carter, Think Tank photo Amanda L. Kline


MISSION STATEMENT The Barnett Center educates and prepares students for successful careers in the arts and related entrepreneurial fields through advancing and increasing an understanding of the business side of the arts and the worlds of arts management, policy and culture.

LAWRENCE & ISABEL BARNETT Lawrence Barnett, a native of Orrville, Ohio, and alumnus of Ohio State, worked with Columbia Broadcasting System Artist Bureau, representing such notables as Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Ronald Reagan, George Burns, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Jack Benny. Barnett later became president of Music Corporation of America (MCA), chairman and president of General Artists Corporation (GAC), executive vice president of Chris-Craft Industries and vice chairman and director of United Television, Inc. Isabel Bigley Barnett starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and Me and Juliet, and is perhaps best remembered for originating the part of Sarah Brown in Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls, for which she won the Tony Award in 1951. Isabel donated her extensive collection of theatre memorabilia to Ohio State’s Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute in 1993. The Barnetts are known for their philanthropic endeavors throughout New York and California, serving on multiple national boards, including the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California, and the ALS Association.

The Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise 131 Sullivant Hall 1813 North High St Columbus, OH 43210 (614) 292-5695 The Barnett Center has a “think tank” made up of graduate students who Director: Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, PhD tackle business/arts issues. Currently, the group (above) is working on rebranding and helping to restructure the business model of internationally acclaimed performance ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. (top photo)


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