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Nonprofit Arts Management Professional Certificate

The Nonprofit Arts Management Professional Certificate provides learners with the necessary skills and competencies in self-management and entrepreneurship, creative writing, fundraising and essential business practices. This prepares individuals for careers in the public and private sector. You will learn the core principles and strategies of self-promotion, career planning, literary and stylistic approaches in different genres, board governance, and regulatory impacts in the nonprofit art industry. Taught by industry experts, you will learn through hands-on application of real-world examples and concepts. Completing the program empowers learners to take advantage of their creative ideas and pursue employment opportunities in nonprofit arts management.

Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials

There’s a story inside you waiting to be told, and in this introductory creative writing and storytelling course, you’ll nurture…
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Nonprofit Arts Management

Explore the diverse landscape of the nonprofit industry to prepare for a variety of careers within this growing space. Although…
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Self-Management and Entrepreneurship

Build your skills as a creative entrepreneur in this Self-Management and Entrepreneurship course with Columbia College Chicago Online.
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Cara Dehnert Huffman

Cara Dehnert Huffman is an attorney, nonprofit executive, and passionate supporter of the arts and entertainment industries. In addition to teaching, Dehnert Huffman is an active writer and contributor to major art publications and other media outlets, including Chicago Artist Resource, Chicago Art Magazine and more, as well as a strategic planning and philanthropic consultant.

She has previous legal and arts administration experience as the former Executive Director of I Am Logan Square as well as with the Illinois Arts Council, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and other creative organizations in Chicago and nationwide.

Course: Nonprofit Arts Management

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Justin Sinkovich

Throughout his career, Justin Sinkovich has started a record store and music venue, managed a record label and founded multiple music startups, including Epitonic.com, one of the first and most influential MP3 websites. His first record store, Landspeed Records, won “Best New Business” of the year (Metro Pulse).

In 2011, the music discovery startup—Epitonic, had grown to include a music and comedy festival, a live recording session series, a record label and a management company. While teaching full time, Sinkovich remains an active entrepreneur, consultant, producer and musician.

Course: Self-Management and Entrepreneurship

"Self-management and freelancing has a very realistic approach to life. Making the tasks more personal and implementing them in the class makes me feel like I can do this in the future."

— Camila R., Columbia Online Studeney
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Sam Weller

Sam Weller is a fiction and nonfiction writer. Weller is an award-winning author and writer of the national bestseller, The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury. He co-edited the short fiction anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, and in 2014, the graphic novel adaptation of Shadow Show was published. Weller is a frequent lecturer on the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury and has given more than 350 talks worldwide.

Courses: Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials, Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury

Each lesson reveals the endless possibilities our writings can accomplish. Through this, I believe it will further our expectations and ambitions as we delve deeper into the world of writing. It opens worlds, such as the lesson revolving around forms of narrative that could really be useful in times of struggle.

— Cristian R., Columbia Online Student

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