Change Makers

Arts and Social Entrepreneurship means using your skills as an artist to help find sustainable solutions to our biggest social challenges – in education, the environment, or community health — among others. It means understanding the latest in business-based, non-profit structures; the latest in audience and community engagement; and the latest in community teaching methods. It means becoming part of a generation of artists who are leaders in their communities as they strive to make meaningful social change.

Artists in all fields can be catalysts for community change and invaluable team members for community-based organizations or partnerships of organizations in collective action. This certificate prepares students with arts training in all disciplines (film, creative writing, visual art, theatre, music and dance) for careers in community and civic leadership at non-profits or governmental agencies.

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Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Certificate - Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

For questions, or to declare a minor/certificate, contact the Peck School of the Arts Advising Office at (414) 229-4763 or psoa-advising@uwm.edu

Students must be in good standing at the university and in their own department to complete the certificate. Maximum of 6 transfer credits can be applied.

Degree Curriculum 18 CREDITS
THEATRE 320 Arts & Social Entrepreneurship 3
Home Department Capstone
(non-arts students select Capstone with participating faculty)
Peck School of the Arts Multicultural Courses
(Choose from below) 3
ART 150 Multicultural America
FILM 150 Multicultural America
THEATRE 150 Multicultural America
Educational Policy Courses
(Choose from below) 3
ED POL 111 Comm. Engage. & Comm. Change
ED POL 612 Community Participation & Power
Approved Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART ED 227 Intro to Art Education
ART 306 Intro to Community Arts
DANCE 420 Creating Dance in the Community
FILM 301/319 Radical Film
FILM 380/420 Documentary Project
FILM 460 Ethnographic Film
MUSIC 310 World Music
THEATRE 120 Performance & Popular Culture
THEATRE 204 Theatre & Social Change
THEATRE 260 Storytelling
THEATRE 360 Service Learning in Theatre
THEATRE 448 How to be a Teaching Artist
BUS ADM 292 Intro Entrep. & Small Bus. Formation
BUS ADM 360 Principles of Marketing
BUS ADM 393 Bus. Ethics & Social Responsibility
BUS ADM 447 Entrepreneurship
BUS ADM 492 Business Models of New Ventures
ED POL 409 Community Partnerships
ENGLISH 233 Intro to Creative Writing
ENGLISH 234 Writing Fiction: Structure & Technique
ENGLISH 235 Writing Poetry: Forms, Styles, Voices
ENGLISH 236 Introductory Topics in Creative Writing
PH 101 Introduction to Public Health
PH 303 Climate Change, Envrion. & Human Health
URBPLAN 140 Issues in Cont. Urban Planning
URBPLAN 141 Urb. Plan. Solutions to Urban Problems
URBPLAN 315 Great Cities of the World: Their Growth & Guided Urbanization
URBPLAN 316 Planning for the Great Cities of America
URBPLAN 350 Social Justice, Urban Planning & the New Multicultural America



Art Museums & Galleries
Exhibit Design/Preparation
Exhibiting Artist
Public Relations
Travel/Tour Guides
Visiting Artist

Art Sales
Art Agent/Consultant
Art Dealer
Art Manufacturer Sales
Art Sales
Corporate Curator

Design & Visual Communication
Digital Photo Editor
Graphic Designer
Multimedia Design
Product Design
Web Design

Arts Administration
Art Councils
Art Libraries
Community Centers
Public & Private Schools
Public Policy

Art Criticism
Art Journalism


Faculty within the Arts & Social Entrepreneurship Certificate program are comprised of select Peck School of the Arts faculty & staff dependent upon your chosen focus of study. For a list of all Peck School of the Arts faculty please follow the link below.

Faculty & Staff Directory

Dedicated Arts & Social Entrepreneurship Faculty

profile photoAnne Bastingbasting@uwm.eduTheatre 242

Professor, Theatre

Professor, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoRaoul Deal(414) 229-1154rgdeal@uwm.eduHolton G24

Senior Lecturer, Community Arts

Senior Lecturer, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoDani Kuepperdkuepper@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

Senior Lecturer, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoRobin Mellormello@uwm.eduTheatre 220

Area Head, BA Theatre

Associate Professor, Storytelling & Theatre History

Associate Professor, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship