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Rachel Parker - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Rachel Parker Rachel Parker

Director of Arts Administration Program | Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT, UNITED STATES

Specializing in arts administration, leadership and stage management

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Biography

Rachel Parker is the director of the Arts Administration program at Southern Utah University. She has been a member of the Utah Museums Association board, the Cedar City Arts Council board, and has served on committees for the national Association of Arts Administration Educators board.

Parker has worked at numerous arts organizations, including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Utah Symphony & Opera, Sundance Film Festival & Institute, Nevada Arts Council, Inter-Borough Repertory Theatre Ensemble in New York City and the Tony Award-winning National Theatre of the Deaf in Connecticut.

Parker has a bachelor of arts degree in theatre and media arts from Brigham Young University, and a master of fine arts degree in arts administration from Southern Utah University.

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Industry Expertise (5)

Education/Learning Fund-Raising Museums and Institutions Performing Arts Research

Areas of Expertise (11)

Arts Administration Arts Advocacy Cultural Policy Critical Thinking Experiential Learning; Arts Grant Writing Leadership Leadership in the Arts Legal Issues in the Arts Marketing the Arts Stage Management

Accomplishments (1)

Arts Leadership Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Created the Arts Leadership competition for the festival

Education (2)

Southern Utah University: M.F.A., Arts Administration

Brigham Young University: B.A., Theater and Media Arts

Emphasis in Stage Management

Affiliations (6)

  • Americans for the Arts
  • Association of Arts Administration Educators
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • The Cedar City Arts Council
  • Utah Division of Arts and Museums Change Leader Program
  • Utah Museums Association

Languages (1)

  • American Sign Language

Courses (12)

AA 3010 Survey of Arts Administration

Students will gain a basic understanding of arts administration (including general arts management, organizational leadership, financial management, marketing, development, and strategic planning) and apply those theories into practice through the creation of a project arts organization. This course will also give students an overview of the importance of arts advocacy and cultural policy.

AA 4010 Legal Issues for Artists

This course introduces student to legal issues that affect artists in the arts and entertainment industries. Students also explore issues surrounding employment relationships in the arts, including the role of independent contractors, labor unions and contracts.

AA 6010 Principles of Art Administration

This course is an overview of nonprofit arts administration, including basic principles of nonprofit organizations; organizations hierarchy; basic human resources management; overview of the budgeting process; and basic strategic planning.

AA 6040 Arts Advocacy and Cultural Policy

Students will develop an understanding of arts advocacy and cultural policy at multiple levels, developing strategies to engage with civic, business, state, and federal agencies on behalf of the arts. Students will become empowered advocates for the arts through readings, case studies, discussions, professional practice, and critical analysis of both national and international cultural policy.

AA 6080 Visual & Performing Arts Studies

Students will develop an understanding of administrative work in both visual and performing arts organizations. Through theory and practice, students will identify the difference and similarities between the two fields, becoming well-rounded generalists with the skills necessary to promote, maintain, enhance and fund any type of arts organization.

AA 6210 Grant Writing

Students will become familiar with the process of grant research, writing, and compliance. Theory will be applied into practice as students identify real-world organizations in deed of funding, locate potential funding sources, writing grant proposal, and submit those proposals to the funding organization.

AA 6810 Marketing in the Arts

Students will be able to identify and develop arts audiences and to increase earned income through the creation and implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan that includes both traditional and digital marketing efforts.

AA 6850 Professional Development & Projects

This course provides Arts Administration graduate students opportunities for professional development through special workshops and training, as well as engagement with professionals in the field.

AA 6890 Professional Arts Internship

Students will play an administrative role in one of our professional affiliate organizations, putting theory directly into practice as they participate in arts administration in action, preparatory to the Capstone Internship and Degree Defense.

AA 6900 Capstone Internship

Students will link theory with practice as participants in a 12-week residency internship at a professional arts organization. The internship is individually arranged by the student in collaboration with AA faculty and an on-site supervisor.

AA 6940 Master of Arts Final Project

Students in the Arts Administration Master of Arts degree program will demonstrate knowledge of the field through a Final Project, bringing evidence of increasing skills and applying scholarly theory directly into practice.

AA 6980 Degree Defense

At the end of their sixth and final semester, students will present and defend their Apologia (a cumulative portfolio of their time in the AA program) to the AA Graduation Committee.

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