Kenneth L. Smilovitch
Instructor, Arts Administration (2011). BCom, 1985, McGill University, Montreal; MBA, 1990, Richard Ivey School of Business, Ontario. Experience: Project Manager, Aboriginal Human Resource Council; Marketing Director, McGill University Executive Institute; Economic Development & Tourism, Arts Division, Government of the Northwest Territories; Marketing, Desrosiers Dance Theatre; Media Planner, Ronalds-Reynolds Advertising. Boards: Steering Committee Member, Youth Employment Services. Awards: NWT Arts Council; Canada Council for the Arts; Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec. Recordings: Drawing Down the Moon; Catch the Light Like Water; Surface Tension. Artist Residency: Residential Guitar Seminar, France.
I am a performing artist, administrator, and educator with a background in management development, project management, and marketing. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with a concentration in marketing and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, where I was president of the Business & the Arts Society. I am currently a mentor for a National Science Foundation/Museum of Science & Industry project to address the issue of nutrition in Chicago. The program employs arts-based learning to foster creative thinking, critical analysis, and problem solving.
Arts-based learning is a growing area that is being increasingly adopted by innovative organizations and can provide new employment opportunities for emerging artists. My experience in this field and my background in performing arts, mentorship, marketing, and entrepreneurship provide me with a unique perspective and pragmatic approach to art and management. While we often hear about what the field of management can provide to artistic practice, I am equally concerned about what artistic processes can bring to the field of management and excited about sharing this perspective with SAIC students.
Drawing Down the Moon [MP3] is a song from my first recording. Most of my songs document personal experiences and incorporate some kind of repetitive, rhythmic acoustic backdrop. I spend a lot of time trying to get different sounds out of the guitar without using too many effects. I listen to a lot of African music and borrow from the circular approach you may find in the thumb harp, marimba or kora instruments associated with that music. I also enjoy the movement jazz music provides and pursue rhythms that are most comfortable reclining a little. Mix in these elements with a night sky, a full moon, or an open field, and you have something like what I do. Folk Noir. Musical Haiku. Suspended Animation.
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