Perspectives on Arts Entrepreneurship, Part 4


  • Susan Badger Booth Eastern Michigan University
  • Diane Ragsdale Erasmus University


We offer this fourth installment in our opinion series, “Perspectives,” as the last in which we invite Artivate's current editorial board members to respond to open-ended prompts about: their position in relation to arts entrepreneurship; how arts entrepreneurship is situated in relation to other disciplines or fields; what problems we are grappling with as scholars, practitioners, teachers, and artists; and what are the research questions we are attempting to answer individually or as a field. In this installment's pair of contributions, Susan Badger Booth and Diane Ragsdale reflect on arts entrepreneurship in two different contexts: individual university students and alumni on the one hand, and organizations in a system on the other, thus reflecting the diversity of arts entrepreneurship contexts found in this issue's three features. 

Author Biographies

Susan Badger Booth, Eastern Michigan University

Professor in Arts Management & Administration Program at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). EMU offers an undergraduate minor and major and a master's degree in Arts Administration. 
Research interests include creative entrepreneurship, cultural planning, creative supply chains, and community engagement, arts education and the creative economy.

Diane Ragsdale, Erasmus University

I am currently a Asst. Professor in the College of Performing Arts at The New School (NYC) and Program Director for its new MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship for artists. I also serve as co-director of the Cultural Leadership Program at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in Canada. From 2011 to 2015 I designed and taught courses for the cultural economics and entrepreneurship and cultural sociology programs at Erasmus University Rotterdam (in the Netherlands). In recent years I have also developed leadership courses for Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, Qatar Museums, and the Arts Marketing Association of the UK. I am currently writing my doctoral dissertation, which centers on the relationship between the commercial and nonprofit theater in the US. Alongside working in academia, the past several years I have also written an arts and culture blog for (called Jumper) and have been an adviser to arts organizations, government agencies, and private philanthropies. Between 2004 and 2010 I served as program officer for theater and dance at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, having previously held executive roles at the contemporary performing arts center On the Boards (Seattle, WA) and a music festival located in the beauty resort town of Sandpoint, Idaho. I have also had a stints at a number of other festivals including Sundance, the Seattle Film Festival, Bumbershoot, and WOMAD USA.

Over the past decade I have been a frequent panelist, provocateur, or keynote speaker at arts conferences within and outside of the US and have contributed articles to several publications, including “Recreating Fine Arts Institutions,” which was published in the fall 2009 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

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How to Cite

Badger Booth, S., & Ragsdale, D. (2017). Perspectives on Arts Entrepreneurship, Part 4. Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, 6(1), 3–7. Retrieved from