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Meet an Alum

Megan Merchant

2014, Arts Management, MA


I studied arts management to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become an arts leader. I decided to study at George Mason University because of its proximity to the vibrant arts scene in Washington, D.C. The Arlington Campus is accessible, and the faculty and staff are very supportive. The most important thing I’ve learned at Mason is that I am in control of my future. The program is set up to allow students to find their own concentration of interest. If I apply the tools given to me through the program, I have the opportunity to reach for my highest aspirations.
Megan names the United Kingdom Study Abroad course, Arts Policy, and Finance classes as helping on her path to success. They gave her perspective and comparisons to understand the direction of the field and its impact on the world. She says, “I’m inspired to see the growth of youth when exposed to the arts. I’ve had the opportunity to see kids experience the arts for the first time and go on to pursue the arts.”
Megan currently works as the Education and Community Programs Manager for the Washington Performing Arts Society. She also served as secretary for the Graduate Arts Management Society (GAMS), a student organization within the program. Upon graduation, she plans to lead an arts organization and volunteer on a Board of Directors.

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