Launching “Social Change through the Arts” Study Group

The “Social Change through the Arts” Study Group is designed for anyone considering a career in the creative arts or cultural sectors, as well as for those interested in an introduction to the world of cultural entrepreneurship and the concepts behind creating social impact through the arts. We will examine the potential for the arts and cultural sectors to be a vehicle for social change. Over the course of five sessions, participants will become familiar with the definition and concepts behind cultural entrepreneurship and measurement methodology by analyzing the stories of leaders in the field and through studying organizational examples. The Study Group will use HBS case studies, current readings and discussion to examine how cultural entrepreneurship has and is making an impact in the world today. Global examples will be sought throughout, as well as artistic examples across different artistic disciplines. The full syllabus is available here.

The sessions will be led by Carla Dirlikov Canales, SICI Fellow and Professor of Cultural Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Guest practitioners and visiting scholars will be incorporated into each session.


The Study Group will be held virtually from 10:30am – 12:00pm ET on the following dates:

  • October 14
  • October 28
  • November 11
  • December 2
  • December 16

Advanced registration is required. Register here.

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