Nonprofit Cultural Institutions

THEATRST 310S

non profit institutions
SPRING 2019: Students from the service-learning course “Nonprofit Cultural Institutions” (THEATRST310S), taught by Professor Dan Ellison, participate in a training to prepare them to develop verbal descriptions of artwork for a recorded audio tour. Students were challenged to consider how to best describe paintings, drawings, and sculptures for patrons of the Nasher Museum that could not see the works. Several visually impaired consultants from the community provided critiques to the students ranging from how students referenced colors to cautioning on how to describe the appropriate spatial relationships. Prof. Ellison has a longstanding partnership with Arts Access, NC to develop art audio tours for art installations in  Durham.

This course provides an overview of how non-profit cultural institutions are formed and operate, looking at the operational structures and governance challenges. It also examines the origins of major cultural institutions in the U.S. and the current tax-exempt status framework. 

Read an article about the course here.

Crosslisting Numbers: 

ECON 247S
VMS 329S
I & E 310S

Curriculum Codes: 

EI, SS