LaG CC offers arts biz classes

LaGuardia Community College is offering a certificate program for those who are interested in pursuing an exciting career in arts administration or those who would like to receive business training from a new vantage point. Classes begin April 12.

The three evening classes — Getting Started in the Arts, Budgeting for the Arts, and Computer Technology and the Arts — will benefit those working in the arts, community organizations, or both.

Getting Started in the Arts, which gives an overview of arts management, emphasizes partnership with funders and the community. Topics will include starting a non-profit arts organization, grant writing, public relations, fundraising, marketing, recruiting volunteers and media relations.

The financial strategies needed by arts managers will be explored in Budgeting for the Arts. The course will cover bookkeeping and accounting procedures; constructing accurate budgets; auditing and reporting requirements; and planning for future fiscal needs.

In Computer Technology and the Arts, students will attend hands-on computer classes that explore the computer programs that arts managers need to know. In the lab, students will learn how to use computer software and the Internet for financial management, research, and other arts administrative tasks.

Each course is 20 hours — eight 2 1/2 hour sessions — running from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the college’s main building at 31-10 Thomson Ave.

Getting Started in the Arts begins April 12; budgeting begins April 13; and computer technology begins April 14.

To receive a certificate, students are required to complete five courses and an internship. The program also allows students not interested in receiving a certificate to enroll in single courses. For those who complete the coursework, eight- to 10-week internships can be arranged with such organizations as the American Place Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, New Federal Theatre, City Kids Foundation, and Symphony Space.

For those students who wish to forgo the internship and have appropriate life experience, internship credit will be given. Register now by calling 718-482-5151. The program is offered through the college’s Performing Arts Center and the Division of Adult and Continuing Education

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