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February 28, 2017

Arts Administration student’s proposal earns WBUR grant

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET)
Adrienne Lotoski. Photo: James F. Quirk III.

WBUR awarded 1 million USD grant 
Boston University’s Metropolitan College Director of Arts Administration, Lanfranco Aceti, and Michael Ibrahim, who teaches the program’s Grant Writing course in the Fundraising Certificate, are extremely proud to announce that Ms. Adrienne Lotoski, a current master’s degree student, has written a successful proposal used for a one million USD grant funded by the Barr Foundation.

Ms. Lotoski, an accomplished student in the program, took advantage of a new direction set by Aceti and Ibrahim for the class to provide students with hands-on experience in fundraising and development for arts-related projects and events. As part of their coursework, students are encouraged to develop proposals for their current projects and organizations to submit to funders and donors.

Ms. Lotoski applied this new approach to her organization. Under the guidance of Mr. Ibrahim, she was able to translate the theoretical knowledge and skills she acquired through the course into a real life endeavor—with impressive results. The proposal she crafted to expand WBUR’s arts-related website, The Artery, laid the groundwork for senior management to obtain the funding for the organization from the Barr Foundation.

Reflecting on her experience, Ms. Lotoski noted, “When our organization was notified that we received the funding, it was one of the most gratifying feelings that I have had in our Arts Administration program, as well as my career. I have completed other class projects for WBUR, but this was the most exciting one to come to life! Everyone at the station is thrilled to have received this wonderful grant and we are beginning to implement the outcomes. I worked through the various milestones and applied the theory to a real case study as Professor Aceti suggested, with the vision of our General Manager, Charlie Kravetz, Development Director, Mary Hull, and a team of dedicated managers. The result was being able to implement the key concepts Professor Ibrahim teaches throughout the semester.”

Lanfranco Aceti remarked, “As Program Director, I am extremely happy to learn this news. It demonstrates the transformational success of the Arts Administration Program’s new direction. Both Michael Ibrahim, as a lecturer, and Adrienne Lotoski, as a student, have been able to showcase how theory and practice can reinforce each other and demonstrate how an empowering pedagogical framework can provide life changing opportunities.”

Boston University Arts Administration program
A successful grant proposal by Boston University Arts Administration graduate student Adrienne Lotoski means there are now 1,000,000 USD reasons to be in Arts Administration. Under the guidance of Arts Administration Director Lanfranco Aceti and Michael Ibrahim, who teaches grant writing, Ms. Lotoski helped earn WBUR’s arts-focused blog The Artery a 1 million USD grant from the Barr Foundation.

Metropolitan College’s Arts Administration program at BU emphasizes excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, internationalism, and a commitment to the technologies of our age as core values. The program includes a master’s degree and graduate certificates that challenge students to understand the value of a mission-driven approach to managing arts organizations—and to place that goal ahead of maximizing revenues. The curriculum underscores a deep conviction in the centrality of the role of the artist, and the fundamental importance of artistic excellence, as issues central to the health of all arts organizations. Graduates are prepared for the global responsibilities of the arts in the twenty-first century, and to hold leadership roles in visual, performing, and service organizations in the arts in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is internationally recognized as a top institution of higher learning and research. One of BU’s 17 schools and colleges, Metropolitan College was established in 1965 to broaden the reach of BU—ensuring that the resources of a leading research university remain accessible to the community and the world via part-time study during the evening or through innovative online and blended programs.

 

Boston University Arts Administration student's proposal earns WBUR grant

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