The program gives students more than just performances.
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"Look at what choreographers and directors are able to do. They achieve
excellence with slim financial resources while organizing demanding, and
often highly individual, professionals. That's solving leadership
problems, but I don't see a lot of people in leadership studies talking
about how they do that," says Bruce Payne, lecturer in ethics and
leadership in the Sanford Institute's Hart Leadership Program.
explaining this situation to a woman with whom he'd struck up a
conversation while in New York at a ballet. "We talked in the lobby
during intermission," Payne says. "And she said, 'I think you're right
and we're going to help you.'"
The "we" turned out to be the
Metropolitan Opera because the woman Payne was speaking with, though he
didn't know it at the time, was Sarah Billinghurst, the number-two
person in the Met's organization.
"Just like that, in the lobby of the
Met, the Leadership and the Arts program was born," Payne says.
its second year, the program is a Duke semester in New York City in
which students take two courses taught by Payne, "Policy, Philanthropy,
and the Arts" and "Leadership and Quality in the Arts." They also take a
course about opera taught by Robert Bucker, director of education at the
Metropolitan Opera Guild and an adjunct member of Duke's music faculty.
Students take a fourth course in any field they choose.
As part of the
courses, students see plays, dances, operas and concerts-a total of more
than 45 such performances last spring. They also spend lots of time in
museums, and visiting studios of painters and sculptors.
gives students more than just performances, Payne says. "Last year, we
went to rehearsals for a dance work and talked with the dancers there,
and then we went to the opening-night performance, manning the T-shirt
and coat-check stands, and then met donors at the reception following
Payne says his hope for the semester is that it is the
beginning of a life-long appreciation of and interest in the performing
arts. "These are not art students in the sense that they are planning a
career in the arts," Payne says. "But with repeated exposure and
personal contact, they may become art lovers and supporters in addition
to learning valuable leadership skills. And they may find that, as they
get older, the arts make their lives richer and, sometimes, easier to