Editorial Perspectives

What’s Past is Prologue





To launch Volume 12 of Artivate and mark the editorial team transition, we offer the following set of editorial essays to help catalyze conversations and contributions on the past and future of the field. The first is by outgoing coeditors Paul Bonin-Rodriguez and Neville Vakharia, who reflect on the field-building focus of their tenure and some of their key accomplishments. Their excellent retrospective is followed by essays from each of the new coeditors, exploring the origins and nature of their relationship to the field of arts entrepreneurship as well as the evolving topics those origins inspire.

We hope that these essays encourage a similar reflection among our community and foster a more expansive conversation and examination of entrepreneurship in the arts.

Author Biographies

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, University of Texas at Austin

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez is the Head of the Performance as Public Practice Program at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as the Graduate Advisor (Director of Graduate Studies). At UT, he was the founding Chair of the undergraduate Minor in Arts Management and Administration. He recently received the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Fine Arts. His first book, Performing Policy: How Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-first Century (2015), assesses how arts policy research and development initiatives since the 1990s have radically reshaped artists’ practices nationwide. His forthcoming book, Groundwork: Race, Equity and the Network-based Infrastructure for U.S. Artists, analyzes the influence of artist networks since the 1970s and 80s. Nationally, he serves on the Editorial Board of Artivate: a Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts and a Liaison for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program.

Neville Vakharia, Drexel University

Neville Vakharia is the Associate Dean for Research & Planning at Drexel University and an associate professor of Arts Administration & Museum Leadership, teaching courses in leadership, strategy, and entrepreneurship while undertaking research projects that seek to strengthen the arts, cultural, and creative sectors. His research centers on the role that technology, innovation, and knowledge play in building sustainable, resilient, and relevant organizations and communities, and he has developed new data-informed tools and resources to benefit the cultural and social sectors. He earned his bachelor of science in materials engineering, his master of science in arts administration, and his Ph.D. in information science from Drexel University. He serves on the board of directors of Social Impact Commons, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and is on the editorial board of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Neville also serves as an advisor to creative, start-up, and social enterprises.

Olaf Kuhlke, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Dr. Olaf Kuhlke (PhD) is Professor and Chair of Creative Entrepreneurship at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as well as  a consultant and entrepreneur, working with BIPOC organizations across the country to implement creative entrepreneurship training programs for community members, and provides workshops on startups, workplace culture, mental health, and trauma-informed entrepreneurship. As a researcher, he is part of two projects focusing on the visualization of climate change and the climate entrepreneurship opportunities emerging from adaptation and mitigation. With the United Nations Environmental Programme and other international partners, he leads Our People, Our Climate, an initiative training youth in climate science, visualization, photography, and filmmaking.

Diane Ragsdale, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Diane Ragsdale (MFA) has been a speaker, writer, lecturer, and advisor on a range of arts and culture topics for the past 15 years. Currently: Director and Faculty for the MA in Creative Leadership at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design; and adjunct faculty at Yale University. Previously: Director of Cultural Leadership at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity; Asst. Professor and Director for the MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship and Designer of a Minor in Creative Community Development at The New School; Program Officer for theater and dance at the Mellon Foundation; Executive Director of a music festival; Managing Director of a contemporary performing arts center; and a theater maker. Most recent publication: “Margo Jones: Bridging Divides to Craft a Hybrid Logic for Theater in the US” in the Edward Elgar 2023 publication Cases on Arts Entrepreneurship.

E. Andrew Taylor, American University

E. Andrew Taylor thinks (a bit too much) about organizational structure, strategy, and management practice in the nonprofit arts. An Associate Professor of Arts Management at American University, he also consults for cultural, educational, and support organizations throughout North America. Andrew is past president of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, board chair for Fractured Atlas, consulting editor for The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, and a co-editor of Artivate, a journal on arts entrepreneurship. Since July 2003, he has written a popular weblog on the business of arts and culture, "The Artful Manager," hosted by ArtsJournal.com (www.artfulmanager.com). He's currently constructing an array of free and public resources to support Arts Management practitioners – online textbook, weekly newsletter, short video series – available at ArtsManaged.org.




How to Cite

Bonin-Rodriguez, P., Vakharia, N., Kuhlke, O., Ragsdale, D., & Taylor, E. A. (2023). Editorial Perspectives: What’s Past is Prologue. Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.34053/artivate.12.1.208




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