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Minor in Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship

March 2, 2021 update:
The College of Fine Arts has temporarily suspended new admissions to the Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship (ARLE) minor effective Fall 2021. All students currently enrolled in the minor (as of March 1, 2021) will be able to complete the minor as originally intended.

All currently enrolled students in the ARLE minor and those who had previously expressed interest in the ARLE minor received an email communication about this change to the program on Friday, February 26, 2021.

The field of arts administration is crucial to supporting the vital role that the arts play in our society. The college remains committed to sustaining the offering of important ARLE coursework to provide TCU’s future leaders in the arts with the tangible skills for success in the creative economy.

Additional efforts are underway to develop a new nine-hour certificate in arts leadership and entrepreneurship. The certificate in arts leadership and entrepreneurship will provide more flexibility to students who were not able to find time in their schedules to complete the full ARLE minor requirements. At present, the certificate option will be available to students for enrollment beginning Spring 2022. All College of Fine Arts students will receive an email communication when more information becomes available.

Please direct any inquiries to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. William Gibbons (

The new Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship (ARLE) minor will provide TCU arts graduates with the knowledge and practical skills to effectively lead arts organizations, such as orchestras, galleries, theaters, museums, film and dance companies, and/or successfully manage their artistic careers in the creative economy.

The ARLE curriculum addresses the essential competencies required for running nonprofit/public arts organizations: organizational development, visioning and planning, effective governance, financial management, fundraising, managing staff and volunteers, audience development, community engagement, programming and special events, marketing and public relations, and effectiveness evaluation. The ARLE curriculum will emphasize real work projects and hands-on experience in arts organizations on campus and throughout Fort Worth, strengthening TCU’s relationship with the local arts community.

Undergraduate students completing majors in the College of Fine Arts as well as students pursuing other courses of study at TCU may pursue an arts leadership and entrepreneurship minor with permission of the program administrator.

Students who have completed the minor have gone on to successful careers in the arts — as artists and/or as accountants, fundraisers, marketers and operations managers.

Students also meet regularly with the program administrator to discuss expectations and goals, and to reflect on achievements. To date, TCU students in this minor have gained professional experiences through internships with the following organizations:

  • Amon Carter Museum
  • Artes de la Rosa
  • Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Fine Arts Chamber Players
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Gallery 440 / JO Design
  • Kimbell Art Museum
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth Opera
  • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Stage West
  • Texas Arts & Academics
  • Van Cliburn Foundation
  • Warren Douglas Advertising

See the course list for course offerings and descriptions.

Arts Leadership and Entrepreneurship Lecturer, Dr. Candace Tangorra Matelic

Candace Tangorra Matelic teaches and consults throughout the U.S. and Canada in the areas of community engagement, organizational development, change, and learning, arts leadership, and strategic interpretation and program planning. She brings four decades of leadership experience to her current work, including directing National Landmark sites in Maryland and Hawaii, managing the visitor experience, interpretation and programs at museums in Michigan and Iowa, leading a children’s museum and contemporary arts organization in Santa Fe, and directing the Cooperstown Graduate Program in museum studies for a decade. She teaches at Texas Christian University, University of Victoria (British Columbia), Johns Hopkins University, and for numerous state and provincial museum associations.

Dr. Matelic’s consulting/planning work is distinguished by helping museums, historic sites, cultural organizations, and educational organizations engage their communities as partners, and then fundamentally transform their vision, assumptions, organizational culture, and work patterns. She has worked with 50+ clients over the last two decades in planning projects, strategic, site and programs, including serving as an organizational coach for the Finding Alternative Futures program of the Texas Association of Museums.

Candace has presented at over 100 conferences in the US, Canada, and Europe, over 36 times as a keynote speaker or invited guest. Publications include two co-authored books and 36 articles/chapters, including recent chapters on organizational change in AASLH Guide to Making Public History (2017), sustainability and social entrepreneurship in Museums and Folklife (2016) and new roles for small museums in the AASLH Toolkit for Small Museums (2011). She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and recently led an award-winning yearlong community engagement process for the City to help the club find its next high impact project.

Dr. Matelic holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the University at Albany, SUNY, an M.A. in History Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta, and a BFA (Fine Arts and American Studies) from the University of Michigan.