Arts Administration Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation Conference

Arts Administration Orientation 2021 - September 2-4

Welcome to the official page of the Arts Administration Orientation, a three-day event held every year at Southern Utah University. Based on the Mission and Learning Outcomes of the Arts Administration program, the goal of this orientation is to welcome students, providing a practical programmatic foundation so that they are adequately prepared for the scope and culture of the Arts Administration Program.

This page includes the conference schedule, descriptions of events, and maps. Please note that some events require an RSVP, linked below. We look forward to seeing you all in September!

Note on Our COVID-19 Preparations and Precautions:

As we plan the 2021 Arts Administration Orientation Conference, we are staying up-to-date on best practices in regards to COVID-19 safety. We are listening to our Southern Utah University and State of Utah leadership, as well as local and state health officials, to ensure the best possible experiences for our attendees. Currently, the plan 2021 Arts Administration Orientation is to simply be mask friendly, but knowing the situation is fluid, if further restrictions or rules are enacted as a result of a spike in the pandemic, we will adjust as needed. 

To view SUU campus policies in regards to the safety of our students, employees, and guests, visit Additionally, SUU is following the procedures outlined by the State of Utah, which can be viewed at 

RSVP Form Campus Map

THURSDAY, September 2

09:00 am - WELCOME
All AA faculty, students, and mentors will meet together for a brief introduction and instructions regarding the orientation process. Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation Plaza (The Patio), SUMA 

10:00 am - SESSION 1
Q&A Panel with the Director and Associate Director of the Arts Administration Program
Please come to this panel having read the AA Handbook (found under the MFA and MA Information drop-downs for the respective degree track) and prepared to ask questions about the Arts Administration Program. The Burch Mann House Classroom [MFA Students] and The Burch Mann House Backyard [MA Students]

11:00 am - SESSION 2
Digital Literacy & Networking [MA Students]: Students will learn about resources to find, evaluate, and communicate information requiring both cognitive and technical skills and what resources are available outside of the program to help the student network with and research organizations to meet those expectations. The Burch Mann House Classroom
Assistantship Introductions [MFA Students]: Students will be taken to their respective assistantship locations and given a brief introduction to their position, responsibilities, and coworkers. The Burch Mann House Front Lawn

12:00 pm - FREE TIME

01:00 pm - SESSION 3 
DBT Training [MFA Students]
Program Culture [MA Students]

02:30 pm - SESSION 4
DBT Training [MA Students]

Program Culture [MFA Students]

04:00 pm - SESSION 5
IT Help & Canvas Training: Members of the SUU IT team will check all things IT-related for students, including logins and passwords, and SUU Canvas staff will walk through a basic Canvas training for those unfamiliar. Please bring your own laptop or tablet.The SUMA Classroom, The Southern Utah Museum of Art

05:00 pm - FREE TIME

06:45 pm - USF Play Orientation
07:10 pm - USF Greenshow
07:10 pm - USF Performance: 

FRIDAY, September 3

09:00 am - SESSION 6
Campus Tour: Students will use this time to take care of any university items, like HR paperwork, visiting Financial Aid, getting SUU Student IDs, etc. Current students will be on site and available to help in any way. The Burch Mann House Front Lawn

10:00 am - SESSION 7
SUMA Tour:
 Students will be guided on a behind-the-scenes tour of Southern Utah Museum of Art. Meet in the SUMA Lobby

11:00 am - SESSION 8
BTSCA Tour: Students will be guided on a general tour of the Beverley Taylor Sorensen Center for the Arts. Meet at the Fred Adams statue in the USF Administration Building Courtyard

12:00 pm - FREE TIME

01:00 pm - SESSION 9
Capstone Presentations:
Over the summer, graduating students have linked theory with practice through a Capstone Project. Upon completion of these projects, students return to Cedar City to give a presentation on the experience and how it all relates back to the AA program. This is also a wonderful opportunity for incoming students to see what the end of their tenure in the program could be like. The SUMA Classroom, The Southern Utah Museum of Art

03:30 pm - FREE TIME

All AA faculty, students, mentors, and family members are invited a casual get-together at Cedar City's Canyon Park (West Side). Potluck sign-ups are included on the RSVP form above. Please bring blankets and chairs to sit on! Directions from SUU: Head east on Center St/University Blvd, turn right onto 400 East, turn left into Canyon Park. We’ll meet at the pavilion right next to the parking lot. 

SATURDAY, September 4

09:00 am - SESSION 10
Program Breakfast:
We will all meet together to break bread, and watch a video of advice from graduating students about how to make the most of their time in grad school.The SUMA Classroom, The Southern Utah Museum of Art

10:00 am - SESSION 11
Alumni Panel: An informational panel discussion of alumni from both degree tracks, facilitated by Rachel Parker (Director). The SUMA Classroom, The Southern Utah Museum of Art

11:00 a.m. - FAREWELL 
Closing remarks from Rachel Parker, AA Program Director, Shauna Mendini, Dean of the College of Performing & Visual Arts, and James Sage, Associate Provost of Southern Utah University.The SUMA Classroom, The Southern Utah Museum of Art