Innovation in the Arts: Concepts, Theories and Practices
What you'll learn
- Explain how artists and arts administrators think about innovation
- Identify innovation practices in art history
- Describe an art innovation
- Apply innovation practices in your own creative practice
- No prior knowledge of and/or experience in innovation practice is required.
Innovations in the Arts are often marginalized in the innovation literature, in part because of the lack of a sound and compelling theoretical framework to support and explain process distinctions from common business and management innovation practices.
This class draws attention to the unique ways in which visual, literary and performing artists think about and engage in innovation practice. I designed this class specifically for anyone who wants to create, develop and introduce new art forms to the public. This class is the first of three educational companions to my book, Innovation in the Arts, a 2022 Routledge publication in the Global Creative economy series.
My hope is that as you learn how artists and arts administrators have practiced innovation throughout art history, you will use my knowledge and their experiences as a guide for pursuing innovation in diverse art worlds, and in your own creative practice.
In addition, this class will increase your understanding of innovations in art history, and help you identify and support opportunities and strategies for the unique ways in which artists and arts administrators think about, engage in, and pursue successful innovation in their diverse creative practice.
At the end of this class, you should be able to:
Explain how artists and arts administrators think about innovation
Identify innovation practices in art history
Describe an art innovation
Apply innovation practices in art history to your own creative practice
Who this course is for:
- This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to create, develop and introduce new art forms to the public.
Dr. Jason C. White is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Arts Administration Minor in the Department of Art at Xavier University, where he prepares students for diverse careers in arts administration. His research centers on identifying best practices for innovation, entrepreneurship and organizational management in creative and cultural industries.
An accomplished researcher, educator and scholar, White is a published author in Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education, Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, Innovative Higher Education, and Arts Education Policy Review. In addition, White is the author of the book Innovation in the Arts: Concepts, Theories and Practices, a Routledge publication in the Global Creative Economy series.
In 2022, White received a Wallace foundation funded research fellowship managed by the Social Science Research Council to conduct and contribute to a national study on Arts Organizations of Color. White is one of the co-creators of the Undergraduate Standards for Arts Administration Education (AAAE), and a founding member of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE). Artistically, White is best known as the playwright, co-actor and co-director of the multi-award nominated and NAACP award-winning educational play, The Dance: The History of American Minstrelsy.
Prior to receiving his PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University, White earned a BFA in Acting from The California Institute of the Arts and attended The University of Akron; obtaining both a Master’s degree in Arts Administration and a Master’s degree in Educational Assessment and Evaluation.
Arts Management, Not-For-Profit Financial Management, Innovation Theory in the Arts, Career Planning in Creative Industries, Organizational Development in the Not-for-Profit Arts Sector, Entrepreneurship in Arts and Entertainment Industries