Institute for Arts & Culture
In the belief that the arts have been, and always will be a meaningful force in human life, and that the arts represent a pinnacle of human expressive potential, the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture (MIAC) is dedicated to making the arts a living presence by offering the highest quality arts programing for the Erie and Mercyhurst University communities.
The primary focus of MIAC is to stimulate student and staff participation in the fine arts through the programs presented at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center (MDPAC) and to instill a habit of life-long arts participation. It is this focus on audience development and the use of the MDPAC as a hands-on laboratory for learning that differentiates Mercyhurst University from other institutions.
In 2011, Mercyhurst announced the formation of the Institute for Arts and Culture, which oversees the arts programming accomplished by the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center and other venues on campus. MIAC manages the planning and execution of artistic and cultural events on campus in coordination with faculty and students.
In August 2012, MIAC began its undergraduate Arts Management degree program. The degree program is consistent with the university’s commitment to hands-on learning, allowing students who are interested in careers in the creative industries to earn course credit for their work at venues like the Performing Arts Center, Walker Recital Hall and Taylor Little Theatre. Students in the arts management degree program are required to complete coursework in the university’s core curriculum requirements, business core, as well as specialized courses in arts management, including audience development, fundraising, performance production and leadership. Overarching to these activities is the desire to develop future patrons of the arts among Mercyhurst students and the greater Erie community through new initiatives and cross collaborations.