University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art and Art History

Arts and Entrepreneurship Week

The Arts and Entrepreneurship Week is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Vermont

Tuesday, January 24:  Arts Alumni panel

5:30 Memorial Lounge, Waterman

Arts alumni from Film and Television Studies, Theatre, Music and Dance, Art and Art History will talk about their experiences in forging their successful careers in the arts.

Gregory Schondelmeier (FTS), Associate Writer/Producer, AMC Networks

Stephanie Strasnick (Art History), Senior Account Executive, Social Media, FITZ & CO

Justin Hoekstra (Studio Art), Independent Artist

Lily Lovinger (Dance), Assistant Director, Fundraising and Special Events, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Karlie Kaufield (Music Education), Musician, K-8 Music teacher, Grande Isle Supervisory Union

Natalie Battistone (Theatre), Actress


Wednesday, January 25: Careers in the Arts

5:30 Memorial Lounge, Waterman

The directors of the Flynn Theatre, Lane Series, and Burlington City Arts will discuss career options, what employers seek in potential employees, and what undergraduates can do to prepare themselves for the job market. The Career Center will explain their services to students and talk about strategies for locating jobs and internships.

Thursday, January 26: “Cultural Entrepreneurship: Celebrating the Artist and Designer”

5:30 Memorial Lounge, Waterman

Michael Spalter, a pioneer of Cultural Entrepreneurship initiatives in the 21st century, will speak about the critical importance of a thriving symbiotic relationship between business and the arts.

Michael Spalter is Chairman of the Board at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), as well as Trustee of the American Friends of the Louvre. He is also on the Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Culture Entrepreneurship Initiative.  He cofounded Preservation of Capital Management, LLC, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of D.E. Shaw, a global investment and technology firm. He also serves on the Investment Committee of Lifespan, an integrated, academic health system. Mr. Spalter has been a Visiting Scholar at Brown University, where he founded the Entrepreneurship Forum.


Friday, January 27: Lunch and Learn with Kath Buckell and Yael Deckelbaum

1:00pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman

Careers in Music and Arts Management

Light lunch will be provided for attendees. Everyone is welcome, but you must rsvp to by January 26. Space is limited to 35 people. 

Kath Buckell is an Australian singer/songwriter based in New York City. She has been regarded as one of the “strongest singer-songwriters heard in years” by the New York Gazette, and has been in the top 40 charts in both Roots/Americana and AAA radio stations across America. She has won the honorable mention award for the Mid Atlantic Song Contest for her song ‘Orphaned by The Color of My Skin’. She has worked with notable producer Jaroslav Jakubovic (Bette Midler, Paul Simon, Carly Simon) and recorded with Bette Midler’s very own Harlettes and Darlene Love’s (20 Feet from Stardom) long time backing vocalists the divine Ula Hedwig, with whom she sang in duet on a rendition of her song ‘Bird Of Mine’. Kath has been a booking agent for the past ten years working on bringing up-and-coming artists into the market. She is also currently working with the top artists in the industry developing and sustaining their careers both domestically and internationally. Kath is currently working in the Adult Contemporary division with one of the most influential and forward thinking agencies in the industry, APA Agency, who represent Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, 50 Cent and comedy artists such as Amy Shumer, Louis CK and Aziz Ansari.

Yael Deckelbaum is an award-winning Israeli/Canadian singer-songwriter and activist.

She is a founding member of the legendary trio Habanot Nechama, who had a #1 hit in Israel, with their single “So Far” and sold over 50,000 copies of their album. Yael has written and composed the song “Prayer of The Mothers”, that turned into the anthem of the march of hope, lead by the movement “Women Wage Peace”. Yael has performed on the same stage with Sir George Martin, Suzanne Vega, Chris Kornell, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin (3 x Grammy winner), Bobby McFerrin and Matisyahu. Three of her songs have been featured on the internationally acclaimed “The L Word” TV series on Showtime.

Friday January 27: Lane Series event: Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and EVA

UVM Recital Hall, 7:30pm

A few of the greatest folk musicians of our time, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin (three-time grammy winner) and EVA (an international trio of artists, including Kath Buckell, who will be speaking at the lunch event on the same day) will perform as part of the Lane Series.

To see a prior performance of this incredible collaboration, click here!