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Welcome from the Dean

​​​Greetings from the College of Arts & Media (CAM) at the University of Colorado Denver!

Not only is our unit Colorado’s first arts and entertainment college—but we are also one of the few public institutions nationally to be offering programs at the intersection of arts, technology and commerce. It’s at that location that our art changes lives.

It has only been within the past 20 years that significant research has illuminated new career paths for prospective students and their parents to consider. Please read the following sentences from Steven J. Tepper and Elizabeth Long Lingo (formerly of Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy),

Artists need to be masters of navigating across historically disparate domains, for example, specialization and generalist skills, autonomy and social engagement, the economy’s periphery and the core, precarious employment and self-directed entrepreneurialism, and large metro centers and regional art markets.” 

That is what CAM is all about. Our faculty have high expectations for our students—and in that regard, a core belief we all share is the importance of assuring that young artists, designers and scholars have the tools to form their own creative identity. They will then be able to establish their role in the new contingent economy by leveraging entrepreneurship and enterprise for their success as artist citizens.

Please explore our web site, printed materials—and then plan a visit to our campus. When you meet our faculty and students you will understand the special nature of how an education at the intersection of arts, technology and commerce changes lives.

With best regards,

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media
Professor of Music, Entertainment and Industry Studies 
University of Colorado Denver
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 Dean's Messages


 April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016 

Dear Colleagues of the CAM Faculty and Staff 

On April 1st, 2016 there was a vote of the faculty to determine the frequency for meetings. The vote was taken with an anonymous ballot (and those who could not come to the meeting sent Shannon confidential votes). The results were 27-­1 to sustain the consensus decision that was reached last Spring by the faculty and affirmed by the Executive Committee, which is to have two full CAM faculty and staff meetings per semester. Some comments were heard, including a suggestion that the CAM faculty should meet. I will meet with any individual or group at any time. Shannon helps me with scheduling: Please do not hesitate to request time for individual meetings, small groups—or the entire faculty. 

Thank you for the dialogue and participation in our democratic process, and the reaffirmation of openness and transparency that demonstrates how CAM concerns are addressed when they are heard. And thank you for continuing to support the success of our students – particularly as the semester (and year – for some) comes to a close. Please look at the blog that our students have contributed to on sponsored trips to Art Dubai, SXSW and a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit.

Let me give a vigorous and sincere shout out to the advisors as their schedules start to get busy with registration season. Stop and thank our advisors when you see them. 

Brian DeLevie and Noelle DeLage are currently overseas in the Middle East on a recruiting, donor stewardship and CU Denver cultivation trip. The Middle East is a region that is rich in potential for student recruitment and investment in CAM. Michelle Carpenter also has recently made two trips to the Middle East. 

Budgets for next year? Stand by. There is good news so far, as we have been allowed to search for a MEIS Chair, music history specialist, art history specialist and an enterprise/entrepreneurship specialist—so we are in an exciting time for CAM. 

Please pass this link around—as it reaffirms the strength of our curriculum, programs and a bold and bright future for our graduates. Uncle Henry is Wrong. 

Here is the link for the a2ru 2016 National Conference that will be hosted by CU Denver. 


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA Dean, College of Arts & Media



 April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016 

Good morning CAM faculty and staff, 

As you may have read in the April 7, 2016 CU Connections the University of Colorado Board of Regents approved a non-base- building salary pool for eligible employees at CU Denver for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017). This means that this will be a one-time raise.

Why a one-time raise and not a raise that is permanent? CU Denver did not hit our enrollment goals for the current academic year, and 85% of our budget comes from tuition. This is one reason that I have been reminding everyone of the critical importance of not just recruiting—but assuring an increase in yield (the students whom we can count as enrolled on the census date—about 2 weeks after the Fall semester begins) funds the budget that is set in advance of the academic year.

I encourage you to continue to discuss and consider how you and your role can strengthen our efforts to reach out to the 700+ admitted students to encourage them to look carefully at their college choice and consider the many benefits of attending CAM. We have members of our team focused on these efforts, but they cannot do it alone – we each have a critical role to play in ensuring that admitted students become enrolled students. Our outreach and engagement efforts have increased the number of admits by 61%, but we’ll need all of us – faculty and staff – to “close.” 

Erin Hutchinson, CAM’s Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, is working with the budget and finance offices to gather information from central campus so the College of Arts & Media may determine how and when CAM’s share of the non-base-building, merit-based salary pool will be distributed to CAM faculty and staff. Merit-based salary pools must be approved by the Board of Regents and are based on the campus’s ability to fund a pool. Typically, salary pools are allocated at the discretion of the Dean and are based on merit scores earned during the preceding performance review cycle. 

Stay tuned for more information and thank you for your hard work and dedication to the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & Media. 

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA Dean, College of Arts & Media University of Colorado Denver 

 April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016 

Dear CAM Faculty and Staff, 

In my March 11th, 2016 message to all faculty and staff, I described some of the ways that Sam McGuire is helping out on the many duties of the Associate Dean. Within that message I listed some specific accountabilities Sam had taken on in a role that we are calling “faculty administrator.” 

We have learned that Joann Brennan will be leaving her role as Associate Dean of CAM as of May 1, 2016, to assume the position of Associate Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs | CU South Denver University of Colorado on a full-time basis. Starting in the AY 2017, she will be teaching one photography course per year in VA. Let me make this clear that Joann’s tenured position at the level of Professor will remain in our college. This is the way that all tenured administrative leaders function at any institution—it is always with a “home” unit. 

I wish to thank Joann Brennan for dedicated, selfless and sterling service to the College of Arts and Media for 18 years as an award winning artist/faculty member and 8 years as Associate Dean. To say that she has served CAM with distinction (in a very difficult and challenging position) would be an understatement. Thank you Joann. 

Knowing that this (Joann’s move to CU South) might occur, I looked at the CAM By-Laws and started querying the Executive Committee about the suitability of a current faculty member to fill Joann’s role, should she change positions at CU Denver.  

Approved April 6, 2012 

College Administration 
2. Associate or Assistant Dean(s): 
a. Appointment is by the Dean of the college in consultation with the CAM Executive Committee. Term of the appointment of the Associate or Assistant Dean is indeterminate, and at will. Associate Deans and Assistant Deans are subject to yearly performance/merit reviews as Professional Exempt Administrative positions. 
b. There shall be at least one Associate Dean of the college whose role and responsibilities will be determined by the Dean in relationship to program and college need. The Associate Dean will report to the Dean and assist, advise and support the Dean in the academic leadership of the college.

Since the March 11th, 2016 memo detailed the roles Sam had taken on, I’m asking him to step up to assume broader responsibilities throughout April and assume the title of Associate Dean on May 1st.  

As stated in the CAM By Laws (adopted by the faculty in April 2012) regarding the appointment of an Associate Dean, “Appointment is by the Dean of the college in consultation with the CAM Executive Committee.” I have spoken with the members of the Executive Committee, as well as several CU Denver leaders—and there is a strong consensus that supports his taking on the role to “assist, advise and support the Dean in the academic leadership of the college.” 

As always, I invite faculty, staff, and students to come and speak with me about this and all other matters of appointments, communications, organization, structure of the college and any other matters. I am fine with seeing people individually, with their Chairs or in small groups. Most of you know that Shannon Squires coordinates my calendar, and she may be reached at

So we are moving forward as change agents and this is continuing to be an exciting time for CAM and CU Denver.

All best!

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA Dean, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver​

 April 18, 2016

It’s no secret that there are many misconceptions about careers in the arts. Some, like this commercialare more prevalent than others. It seems that this television commercial furthers misperceptions about careers in the arts. The stereotype of the starving (or at least poor) art school attendee/grad (Dad at the wheel of the minivan)— is advanced through the mouths of babes who seem to be aware of an often-repeated storyline that, in reality, is baseless.

What do we know about the lives of arts graduates? Data from surveys administered by Indiana University’s Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) of over 100,000 alumni of arts programs tell us the following:

  • Only 4% are currently unemployed and looking for work
  • 74% of alumni, who intended to be professional artists, have done so
  • 82% are satisfied with their ability to be creative in their work
  • 90% say their overall experience in art school was either very good or excellent
  • 76% would attend their institution again
  • 87% are satisfied with their current jobs
  • Only 3% of arts majors work in food services

Starving? Hardly. Satisfied with their lives/work? Seems so.

At CAM, we will be administering the SNAAP alumni survey for the first time in the Fall of 2016. We look forward to working with each of our departments to engage and encourage our alumni to participate.

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver

P.S. This short video informs us about the bright future of arts graduates:​


 April 27, 2016

CAM Staff members (in the Dean’s Office, the Departments and other locations), Today is Administrative Professional’s Day. During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association's name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.

The Administrative Professionals in all offices of the College of Arts & Media attend to many essential tasks that support research/creative work, teaching, service, student support, fiscal management, human resource management, communications, development/advancement, technical support, upkeep/tracking of expensive equipment, procurement, travel, laboratory and studio support and other areas.

Our team of staff members helps us all to attract and retain talented students, achieve national rankings (in 3 areas), and support faculty attainment. 

Thank you colleagues who work toward the quality and excellence that we take much pride in. Your work is noticed and appreciated.

All best!

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver


 May 2, 2016


In our retreats and mission/values planning (Golden Circle), “Diversity of Voices” is part of the how of CAM. Diversity is a closely held value. That sure sounds good—but what does it mean? Let me share some of the steps we have taken as examples of a commitment to inclusion and diversity: 

Recently, we’ve been strengthening our college by focusing on inclusive hiring practices: 

  • Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Brenda Allen met with the search committee for the MEIS Chair to assure that diversity would be a central principle of the search process. MEIS faculty were asked to nominate individuals to help assure a diverse pool of applications. 
  • Three recent additions to the faculty and staff have brought individuals who offer culturally diverse perspectives. 
  • The priority request from CAM for new faculty/staff (AY 2017) was a faculty position that would be for both teaching and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. That request was not funded. 

We’re being intentional and thoughtful to strengthen our current and future programming with strong themes of diversity: 

  • The CAM Diversity Council continues to meet, and recently completed a planning retreat. They will soon release recommendations. 
  • The deans of CAM and the College of Architecture and Planning are meeting with Brenda Allen to see how an event in 2017 might be planned to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and find ways to highlight how diversity and inclusion can be advanced by the common threads found in both Arts & Media and Architecture and Planning. 
  • CAM helped sponsor Michelle Norris (NPR Host and Special Correspondent, and Founder of the Race Card Project) who presented a speech at CU Denver on April 21, 2016. 
  • The 2016 Winter Convocation with John Hockenberry (host of The Takeaway) helped us advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion with regards to outreach. We featured a program and panel rich in ethnic diversity and gender, diversity of age and ability and diversity of experience and thought. Five CU Denver faculty, students and administrators were interviewed on The Takeaway and those interviews were released online and archived reaching millions of listeners. The Takeaway has attracted a more diverse audience, with African American listenership exceeding public radio averages by 60%. 

We’ve taken some steps to start expanding/globalizing CAM’s curriculum to create a more diverse context for learning: 

  • MEIS is conducting a search for a tenure track music history position to specialize in non-western music. This is a hire that is rich in potential to help diversify the curriculum. 
  • VA just made a hire of non-western art historian with a specialization in Chinese Art. 

Current Colorado demographics show that the population breakdown is 81% Caucasian; 20% Latino; 4% African America and 2% Asian. The Chronicle of Higher Education states that children born today in Colorado will grow up with these differentials in demographics: 

By 2030: 

  • Caucasian -7.5% 
  • Hispanic +20% 
  • African America -8% 
  • And other +13% 

How will our curriculum and faculty/staff hiring reflect the above statistics? What do our students see when they choose courses?  A cursory look at the course titles and descriptions show that out of more than 1000 active CAM courses, 10 TFVP, 14 VA and three MEIS courses indicated global content in the titles and descriptions (what students use to search for courses). My challenge to CAM is to continue teaching quality classes that reflect diversity and inclusion—and add courses that provide value to our programming and curriculum. 

What can we be doing to sustain and enhance inclusive practices? How can this information inform and strengthen our student recruitment and enrollment and programming efforts? 

Im proud of our efforts thus far, but know we can do more and do better. I look forward to supporting proposals and initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion and to continuing this important dialogue. 


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA 
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM) 
University of Colorado Denver 


 May 12, 2016

Increasing the reputation and building the brand of CAM

Dear Faculty and Staff colleagues,

In both of our retreats, the three top priorities that I heard about were:

  1. A new CAM building
  2. Increasing the reputation and building the brand of CAM
  3. Scholarships

Let me focus on increasing the reputation and building the brand of CAM:

To build the brand of CAM you (faculty, staff, students and community partners) identified three essential values: creative excellence, discovery and Denver. We took part in activities last year to allow us find a position we can own, to communicate the benefits of our brand and to work towards going inside the mind of prospective students (and their parents), donors, industry leaders and others.

To continue this work, we have engaged an agency to work in further building the brand of CAM. This firm is called Karsh Hagen and they have a hard-earned, well-deserved national reputation for success in branding and research in the area of marketing that strives to gather attention in a crowded media arena. Karsh Hagen works with the University of Colorado System, various other CU Denver colleges and units, schools and units at Anschutz, Colorado Tourism and many others.

In the meantime, we will continue our work with Orbit Design, a local design agency, to produce promotional material and our printed publications. We are also leveraging our student talent by employing CAM students in roles for graphic design and events.

On my part, careful planning goes into local and regional event attendance, presentations at national conferences, visits to alumni and donor stewardship/prospecting. All of those activities allow me to activate our branding and positioning to advance CAM’s value proposition.

Another essential part of any Dean’s job is to “be the face of CAM” with organizations that can advance all aspects of reputation, recognition, rankings and support of CAM. Since arriving in Denver I  have been asked to be a part of numerous local, regional and national boards. Here are some of the groups that I participate in and the roles that I play:

  1. Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation, Board of Directors
  2. Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Board of Directors
  3. Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), National Advisory Board
  4. Arts Schools Network, Board of Directors
  5. Stanley Film Center and Film Festival, Advisory Board
  6. Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), 2016 National Conference Host and member of the Strategic Planning Group
Several faculty and staff members of CAM are officers and board members of local, regional, national and international organizations. Your service is appreciated—and we cannot be too active in organizations that allow us to tell the story of CAM. As we embark on this journey to continue refining and establishing our value proposition, please work closely with our marketing and outreach team members and share your stories and the stories of your colleagues, students and alumni.


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver


 July 6, 2016

July 6, 2016

To the Faculty and Staff of the College of Arts & Media,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce three new CAM tenure/tenure track colleagues:

Richard Strasser, PhD, is the new Chair of the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Department. He was granted tenure by the University of Colorado Board of Regents and comes to the University of Colorado Denver from Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Strasser is a graduate from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music (distinction) and a Graduate Diploma in Music. After winning both the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award and the Arts Council of Australia Scholarship, he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Richard Strasser also has an arts administration degree from New York University. He has served as a faculty member of numerous universities including John Cabot University in Rome, Clarion University of Pennsylvania and as Coordinator of the Music Business program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Richard served on the Board of Director’s for the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, the Cultural Organization of Lowell and the working group for the development for national music industry education standards for the National Association of Schools of Music. He is author of The Savvy Studio Owner published by Hal Leonard books, Music Business: The Key Concepts, and The Music Business and Recording Industry with Routledge. Richard is the recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award at Northeastern University. His first day was Tuesday, July 5th!

Yang Wang comes to CU Denver as Assistant Professor of Art History from a post-doctoral fellowship in Asian art history at Luther College. She holds a PhD and a master’s degree in history of art from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from the University of Missouri. She was recently awarded a Philanthropic Education Organization International Scholar Award for Doctoral Studies and a Presidential Fellowship from The Ohio State University. Yang was granted a Louise Wallace Hackney Fellowship for the Study of Chinese Art, American Oriental Society from the University of Michigan and an Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship from The Ohio State University. She has nearly eight years of teaching and lecturing experience through the University of Toronto, The Ohio State University and the University of California-Davis.

Aleysia K. Whitmore comes to CAM as an Assistant Professor of Music History and previously was a visiting assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She holds a BM from the University of Toronto and AM and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology from Brown University. Her dissertation, entitled Performing Pleasure: Africa and its Diaspora on the World Music Stage, was an ethnographic study of two world music bands that creatively combine West African and Cuban musics, and the industry and audiences that surround them. A multi-sited ethnographic study of the contemporary world music industry across Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean and North America, it provides a window into the transnational lives of musicians, industry personnel, audiences and the specific post-colonial era of globalization in which they are situated. She is currently researching cultural policy and the world music industry in France.

You will be able to meet these new colleagues at our CAM Welcome Back Faculty and Staff Meeting on Wednesday, August 17th at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Theatre (Tivoli).


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver


 July 29

We have all heard the saying that goes, “You will never have a second chance to make a first impression.” I have certainly found that to be true.

On Friday, August 19, 2016, CU Denver is hosting the 2016 New Student Convocation ceremony. This serves as a symbolic initiation into the world of higher education and a formal introduction to the traditions, standards and principles of CU Denver. 

Last year’s Convocation Ceremony was very impressive. The number of incoming students in attendance was exceptional—and many parents were there too. The incoming students wear regalia (over their casual clothing) and process into the venue. After the very short ceremony, they return their regalia and get a CU Denver t-shirt in exchange. The message being—complete your time at CU Denver and you will wear the regalia again. 

Unfamiliar with Convocation? Click here for a 90-second student produced video overview.

The day consists of three events:

School & College Receptions
All faculty and staff are requested to attend their designated school/college reception from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. to interact with new students prior to the convocation ceremony. Light refreshments will be served. CAM Reception Tivoli 440 Adironacks.

New Student Convocation Ceremony
The formal ceremony is held in the PE/Events Center Gym from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is the main event where more than 600 new students will be inducted into the university. It is the bookend to commencement and faculty and administration dress in academic regalia. Students are dressed in black gowns to symbolize their transition into the world of higher education.

Convocation BBQ
Immediately following the ceremony from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., all attendees, including the families of faculty, staff and administration, are invited to celebrate the start of a new academic year on the CU Denver Field and enjoy the free fun, games and delicious food sponsored by Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q.

Each year CAM’s participation by our faculty and staff grows, and I’d love to see this trend continue, so I ask that you consider attending.

The new student reception will give you an opportunity to mix and mingle with our new students, talk with them, answer their questions and make them feel welcome. 

Thank you for your consideration of making a lasting impression on the new students, parents, and leadership of CU Denver who will be seated on the podium of this impressive event.

I look forward to seeing you there!



 August 5, 2016

The potential appointment of a 2nd Scholar in Residence

Dear Colleagues of the CAM Faculty & Staff,

Through the efforts of music business faculty member Storm Gloor and several city and philanthropic officials, the need was identified for someone to provide research and make policy suggestions for both the city and state governments. Hence, CAM is receiving funding to help add a two-year position entitled “Scholar in Residence for Creative Industries Research and Policy.” This funding will place an academic researcher in CAM who has Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy, and is already widely published in the areas of the arts and entertainment economies.

In order to best articulate the how this Scholar in Residence opportunity came to fruition, I’ve included some important background information and details about the opportunities and impact of the position.


Since Dr. Dorothy Horrell arrived and assumed the position of Chancellor, the Deans of CU Denver have benefitted from her profile as a foundation president, president of the state community college system and chancellor of a local community college. In the case of CAM, she is leveraging her contacts in the city government to provide some valuable linkages.

The connections she has provided opened the door for discussions about a potential CAM presence in the new Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). A new building/facilities was the primary concern of the CAM community who attend the two all-CAM retreats in 2015. A CAM building in the new DCPA is a vision for the future in which we are enrolled—and it requires that CAM be positioned favorably with Denver’s Office of Arts & Venues.

The City of Denver’s cultural plan, IMAGINE 2020, provides a collective framework for innovation and advancement. Colorado Creative Industries, the state’s arts council, also defines a path for creativity in Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock view the creative industries as essential to quality of life. It would be highly beneficial for them to have clear data on the impact of further investment in creative industries that will drive up the City’s and State’s social, cultural, and economic growth.

The College of Arts & Media (CAM) is committed to answering that call both inside and outside the classroom. The accessibility, diversity and cultural energy of Denver and beyond make the College of Arts & Media a better place to teach, work and learn. Students in CAM learn with purpose, create with passion and change lives in Denver and beyond.


The position of a Creative Industries Research and Policy Scholar offers reciprocal support to the citizens of this great city and pays it forward by quantifying the reach and economic impact of the arts in Denver and the State of Colorado.

An initial 2-yr. internal appointment:

  • Fulfill the mission, values and near-term CAM strategic priorities of the October 1, 2015 document that was formed through the participation of CAM faculty, staff, student representatives and community partners, and based on the January 2015 retreat.
  • Support the vision to improve program relevancy and strengthen CAM’s reputational excellence by attracting a creative industries research and policy scholar with the direct support of state and local government, and to serve nonprofit and philanthropic entities, private businesses, and individual creative workers.
  • Employ real-world experience to cultivate cross-disciplinary, cross-department, cross-college creative exchange, and create new social and academic networking opportunities for students the vision to advance creative industries research and policy.
  • Through research and formation of policy, facilitate successful learning experiences where the complementarity and interdependence of the three departments in CAM is recognized and conveyed.
  • Assure that creative industries research and policy is a part of the CAM student experience.

Specific duties:

  1. Provide research and policy support to Denver Arts and Venues and Colorado Creative Industries in their efforts to advance creative industries in Denver and statewide.
  2. Lead research and policy efforts to advance art forms as creative industries (and economic drivers) in Denver and statewide.
  3. Convene students and inspire them toward action as agents of the artistic experience, perhaps creative industries researchers, possibly policy-makers, but always champions of nurturing creativity as "agents of the artistic experience." This is essential if they are informed through research to develop the flexibility, vision, social empathy, enterprise and entrepreneurship they will need to adapt to and thrive within new economic parameters.
  4. Embed with students from the three departments who can develop enabling mechanisms develop their capacities, that will in turn, identify other student leaders to become CAM ambassadors who will advance the creative industries.
  5. Provide support for CAM-related creative industries initiatives, including but not limited to 2017 Association of Popular Music Education National Conference, convening, Music Academy Start-Up (if repeated), and LYNX National Arts & Media Music Industry Summer Camp.
  6. Assume the role of CU Denver Partner Content Curator for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru).
  7. Join the CU Denver team that is facilitating and hosting the November 2016 National Conference of a2ru that is being held on the CU Denver Downtown Campus and Anschutz Medical Center.
  8. Provide support and assistance with CAM’s participation in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project initiative and alumni survey in conjunction with the Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement.

General Duties

  • Attend departmental faculty meetings.
  • Keep the Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement informed about communication that can boost efforts.
  • Alumni—work collaboratively with Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement and Assistant Director of Development.
  • Meet regularly with student leaders and co-stage events with the Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise (mixers, networking, fairs and other opportunities—both in person and in various digital/cyber formats that will encourage interaction).
  • Record, document and quantify interactions, encounters, meetings and activities.

Some desired action items:

  • Have contact and communication with other CU Denver units and community partners, including but not limited to: Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Denver Arts and Venues, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, SCFD, Biennial of the Americas, AEG, and 7S Management.
  • Become a voice in the national conversation of creative industries research and policy.
  • Through scholarship and research posit how these proposed Centers may interact with the local research and policy ecosystem in meaningful and productive ways.
  • Leverage the talents of CAM’s professional staff.
  • Investigate opportunities for CAM engagement in the reimagining and animating of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
  • The creation of arts and entertainment databases that can inform planning on several different levels (local, regional and state governments, in addition to private agencies, arts organizations and philanthropy).

Initial outcomes/deliverables:

  • Students will be polled at the outset (August 2016) and then in April 2018 about their abilities to research, advance, and advocate for creative industries, including the Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurship and Engagement.
  • Specific research deliverables relevant to core partners: Denver Arts and Venues, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, and Colorado Creative Industries.
  • Quantify how both local organizations and campus entities will have gained a familiarity with the power of research and policy information that emanates from CAM.
  • SiR will have presented at a national conference(s)
  • SiR will have CAM represented in national organizations that further creative industries in Denver and Colorado.
  • SiR will move faculty champions for creative industries to become visible leaders across CAM through their actions and thought leadership
  • SiR will have helped advance CU Denver’s membership in a2ru through attending the national conferences and leading the student groups to the annual Emerging Creative Student Summits (and perhaps host one at CAM)
  • Position the Dean to have the ability to increase visibility of CAM to the point that philanthropy may endow the present and future of creative industries at CAM (and perhaps fund this position)
  • Feature articles in print media, interviews/features on radio, TV and internet will assure a type of viability that will attract attention from government, industrial, educational, creative and non-profit entities.

The funds being used for the CAM match on this hire are reserve funds that cannot be used for permanent raises or permanent hires. Thus, nothing is being “taken” from a source that could be used for regular faculty or staff positions.

The work of this Scholar has the potential to yield great benefits for the College of Arts & Media:

  1. Realization of new career paths for CAM students (in government, higher education, arts councils, state, regional, and national agencies, and others).
  2. Bringing CAM faculty and students closer to arts and entertainment policy makers in state and local governments, and extending their educations through formal and informal learning.
  3. Research in the creative industries is contextually linked to the social, cultural and economic factors in a community. CAM students maybe inspired to attend graduate school and enter this evolving field.
  4. This position will enhance the reputation and branding of CAM. It is a very distinctive area of study, and thus can be institution enhancing (adding value to CAM degrees) through publications of articles, white papers, books and presentations at local, regional, national and international fora.
  5. The intellectual side of CAM will be expanded, and compliment researchers already in place (art history, music history, music business, and others).

More information will be coming soon on this exciting opportunity for CAM. As always, my door is open should you have any questions.


Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)