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Art/s Admins, Who? an OSU Barnett Fellow Podcast

About the show: 

Art/s Admins, Who? Cover Art
Art/s Admins, Who? cover art

Art/s Admins, Who? explores the intersections of identity, life-long learning, and cultural policy through the voices of arts administrators. Guests share their perspectives on questions like:

  • Who are art administrators?
  • What are an art administrator’s professional development (lifelong learning) needs?
  • Do art administrators utilize components of entrepreneurship in their work?
  • How are identity/ies and professional development related?
  • How can these understandings support policies to advance the creative sector?



Image by #annhamilton for #oneeveryone project
Image by #annhamilton for #oneeveryone project

About the cover art: 

I had to learn how to do a lot of things quickly as an arts administrator.  Including design brochures, posters, programs, and websites. I’m not a designer. There was no time to learn how to use fancy design software, so I improvised with Microsoft Word for years. I’m not saying everything looked awesome, but I did learn how to make it work and this scarlet and gray homage to Word design will do for now. 

About the host: 

Erin J. Hoppe, MA, CTA

Art administrator. Lifelong Learner. Researcher. Educator. Creative Sector Stakeholder. Bird Nerd. Swiftie. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.


Episode List

January 2020 

Morgan Green photo


In this inaugural interview with Morgan Green, MA, we talk about the in’s and out’s of arts administration, including the differences and similarities in the for- and non-profit arts worlds. 

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Connect with Morgan:

Morgan's Recommended Reading:
My Semester with the Snowflakes 
James Hatch, December 21, 2019, Medium.com

Morgan's Recommended Artist:
Charlotte McGraw, Columbus, OH, Goodwill Art Studio


March 2020 

Rachel Skaggs

In this second interview, Dr. Skaggs, Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Assistant Professor of Arts Management, and Erin discuss entrepreneurship, quantitative data, support and space for artists, and life in Columbus vs. life in Nashville.

Listen now on SoundCloud

Dr. Skaggs' Recommended Reading:
Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville by Daniel B. Cornfield, Rachel’s sociology mentor

Dr. Skaggs' Recommended Artist:
The Highwomen, the new country supergroup comprised of Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby, and Brandi Carlisle

About This Episode’s Music:
Johann Sebastian Bach’s unaccompanied cello suite #3 Gigue and suite #6 Gavotte II, performed by Barnett Fellow, Ying Chong Wang (@freyja_yingchong_wang)

A moderated conversation with Back to Back Theatre Company after their performance of The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes at The Wexner Center for the Arts on February 15, 2020.  This was B2B’s last stop on their American tour.  Actors Sarah, Michael, and Scott talk about the show’s origins, accessibility, ableism, spectacle, how they got into theatre, and what’s next for them.  Enough’s enough!  Stand up.  Act up. 

Back to Back Theatre Company
Image credits: Jane D'Angelo

Back to Back Theatre Company is based in Based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, and “driven by an ensemble of seven actors perceived to have intellectual disabilities.”  Find them on social media @backtobacktheatre and on their Vimeo page.


Janelle and I met in 2006, when we started the Arts Policy and Administration Master’s program at OSU.  In 2020, we talk about her current role at the Ohio Arts Council, professional development for arts administrators, arts in a pandemic, her creative practice, the value of not being busy, and tips for arts advocates (hint: tell your authentic story).  

Janelle Hallett

Janelle’s Recommended Reading:
Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving, Celeste Headlee

Janelle’s Recommended Artists:
Erin M. Riley, fiber, tapestry artist
Stephanie Metz, biomorphic abstract sculpture artist

About this episode’s music:  Barnett Fellow, Ying Chong Wang (@freyja_yingchong_wang), performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s unaccompanied cello suite #3 Gigue and suite #6 Gavotte II.


Episode 5 features AAEP alumna, Sharbreon Plummer, PhD. The episode is a conversation touching on individual artist support, black feminist material culture, the importance of language, changes coming in the cultural sector, and bread (yes, those delicious carbs). 

Sharbreon Plummer photo

Sharbreon’s Recommendations: 

  1. The Movement for Black Lives - we can achieve more together than we can separately. 
  2. Rashayla Marie Brown Studios - an "undisciplinary" studio practice through photography, performance, words/writing, installation design, video and conceptual film direction. 
  3. Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF) is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. Through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, we seek to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art. 

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All views and opinions expressed in these podcasts are those of the host, Erin Hoppe, and her guests, and do not represent the opinions of The Barnett Center, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy, The Ohio State University, or any institutions referenced during the recording.