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Arts Administration

Sara Kissinger | Class of 2014

Sara Kissinger

What have you been up to since graduating from the Arts Administration program?
Immediately after my time at CCM, I moved to Baltimore to join the team at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. I worked for the BSO's Annual Fund team for nearly three years, and have just recently accepted the position of Individual Giving Manager at Baltimore Center Stage. I've also taken up acro yoga, swing dancing and gymnastics. I love to be a Baltimore tour guide for friends who come to visit.

How did UC’s Arts Administration program affect your career path?
At CCM, I was fortunate to find great mentors in development (thanks Andrea Rush and Sydney Schnurr!) who encouraged me and provided the first nuggets of information I'd eventually use to follow my career path as a fundraising professional. I also benefited greatly from the internship required between my first and second years, when I moved to the Berkshires to learn more about development from brilliant people at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Additionally, skills acquired during my graduate assistantship under the guidance of Curt Whitacre in the CCM PR Office continue to serve me today.

Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
In five years, I may be highly skilled enough in acro yoga to join the circus.

What makes you excited to go to work?
The best things about working in development are a talented staff, an engaged donor base and a fabulous product to promote — thankfully at Baltimore Center Stage, I've discovered all three.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
At the BSO, I was responsible for the organization's first foray into mobile giving. With great nerdy fervor, I researched possible companies, chose the best option and dove into creating and implementing a campaign for the BSO's 2016 Gala. In the 10 minutes our Gala attendees were able to interact with the live screencast, the campaign raised just over $41,000, which pushed our total Gala revenue well over $1M, a goal that would not have been possible without the additional funds from the mobile campaign.

Any other exciting news?
One of my favorite projects since graduation has been continuing to work with fellow CCM arts admin graduate Sommer Renae Schoch. She is kind enough to invite me to work as a development consultant at her growing organization, Flashback Theater Co. in Somerset, Kentucky, and ridiculous enough to collaborate with me on a new podcast called #UTWA (Unstructured Time With Art).


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If you are a current student, cognate or alumni of the Arts Administration program, some job and internship postings are available to you within the alumni network.

Additional inquiries can be directed to artsadmi@ucmail.uc.edu.