The Enrichment Project is a student-founded initiative in the Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Administration and Policy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Through an endowment created in conjunction with the SAIC's Office of Institutional Advancement, this student-maintained project strives to support current members of the MA in Arts Administration and Policy program by subsidizing their academic and professional endeavors. This financial support will contribute to the longevity and success of the MA in Arts Administration and Policy program and its significance in a rapidly developing Arts Administration field.


In the spring of 2006, 16 first-year graduate students in Arts Administration cofounded the Enrichment Project in the course titled The Collaborative Project. They formed an endowment to provide much-needed financial support for the academic and professional experiences of students in the MA in Arts Administration and Policy program. Beyond raising money, the class hoped the Enrichment Project would facilitate new connections between their program and its alumni, the broader school community, local arts professionals, and the general public. Exposure gained by fundraising events, a comprehensive communications plan, and a bylaws draft that addressed issues of the endowment’s management and perpetuity helped to cultivate many individual donations.

Since 2006 the Enrichment Project has contributed funding to the research of the following Arts Administration and Policy students:

Chiara Bernasconi traveled to Paris where she conducted interviews for her thesis research about the Nuit Blanche Festival. Interview respondents included cultural directors with the Paris Mayor’s Office of Special Events and critic Nicolas Bourriaud. Her interests intersected in the fields of cultural policy, museum studies, and public art.

Bevin Ross was awarded funds to support her research into the structural differences between three International Latino Theater Festivals in the USA: Goodman Theatre’s Latino Theatre Festival in Chicago, FITLA’s Escena Latina in L.A. and Washington D.C. area Teatro de la Luna’s Festival Internacional de Teatro Hispano. She was particularly interested in meeting artists who are creating innovative, risk-taking works.

Kerry Schneider and Elizabeth Chodos received support for a two-week Arts Administration Symposium scheduled at Threewalls gallery in Chicago. The process of the symposium was the main source of material for Schneider’s thesis. The symposium included an exhibition, panel discussion and a salon round table discussion including different players in the arts administration field.


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Spring 2009 Newsletter

Spring 2008 Newsletter

Fall 2008 Newsletter


While the Enrichment Project has been successful in past years, student funding for independent endeavors is still limited. By donating to the Enrichment Project and supporting a student’s research and professional development, you can ensure the success of the next generation of art world leaders.

Donations can be made by credit card and check. Please make checks payable to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with "Arts Administration and Policy Enrichment Project" in the memo line. Please mail to:

Office of Institutional Advancement
116 S. Michigan Ave., 5th floor
Chicago, IL 60603

For more information regarding your gift, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 312.499.4190 or