Arts Enterprise Courses

Arts Enterprise Student Association

New Arts Venture Challenge
Arts Business Research & Symposium

Arts Business Initiative


The Arts Business Initiative empowers artists of all ages and disciplines to fuel and inspire the culture of our community, the state of Wisconsin, and beyond. We provide support and training and teach the strategic skills today's artists need to take leadership in the creative economy.

University of Wisconsin - Madison Partner Organizations

Key People

  • Don Hausch | Faculty Director, Bolz Center for Arts Administration
    5249 Grainger Hall | 608-262-2535 | don.hausch@wisc.edu
  • Sherry Wagner-Henry | Center Director, Bolz Center for Arts Administration
    3344 Grainger Hall | 608-263-4160 | swh@bus.wisc.edu
  • John Baldacchino | Director, UW-Madison Arts Institute
    B136 Lathrop Hall | 608-890-3314 | baldacchino@wisc.edu
  • John Surdyk | Director of INSITE, Wisconsin School of Business
    5110c Grainger Hall | 608-263-2882 | john.surdyk@wisc.edu
  • Sarah Marty | Program Director, Continuing Studies
    Room 7101, 21 N. Park Street | 608-263-2790 | sarah.marty@wisc.edu

Arts Enterprise Courses

We want young, aspiring artists to succeed in their creative endeavors! The Wisconsin School of Business, the Division of Continuing Studies and the Arts Institute partner to provide courses for developing, launching or advancing innovative enterprises in arts, culture and design. Learn more about the Arts Enterprise courses.

Arts Enterprise Student Association

The Arts Enterprise Student Association breaks down the boundaries between arts communities and the business world, emphasizing creative leadership and cultural engagement by providing speaker series, collaborative events and service opportunities for all artists.

New Arts Venture Challenge

The New Arts Venture Challenge (NAVC) is a competition held each spring that provides funding to aspiring student arts entrepreneurs. Continue on to find out about the application process and explore previous successful finalists' projects.

Arts Business Research & Symposium

The Bolz Center for Arts Administration is this country's premier MBA program with a specialized educational focus that links arts and business practice. Every other year, we invite our alumni, guest presenters, and practitioners, as well as our colleagues at other university programs to come back to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for continued learning on current topics and trends in the arts and business research arena. In the alternate years, we share this symposium learning space with the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University through their Biennial Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts. Find out more.