Arts & Culture

UK’s Online Arts Emergency Management Course Comes to Catalog

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Thanks to a well-crafted emergency plan, Notre Dame was able to save the vast majority of its art holdings during a catastrophic fire.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 10, 2020) If 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic have taught us anything, it is that we never know when a fundamental shift can happen. For arts organizations, COVID-19 is another reminder that outside forces can bring the curtain down on business as normal.

Arts programmers have been realizing this for years now, as they witnessed fellow professionals navigate both natural and manmade disasters. In response, many have started taking a proactive approach by planning as much as possible for the unknown. Leading this charge is University of Kentucky’s Department of Arts Administration, which has provided not only courses for its students in crisis programming but also a popular online professional development course since 2018.

This summer, as UK launched more online professional development opportunities in the wake of the pandemic, the Department of Arts Administration transitioned its workshop to a new online home on Catalog.  

Developed by Instructure, which created the Canvas learning management system, and supported by Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation, Catalog allows participants who are not students, faculty or staff at UK to take a variety of educational and professional development programs using the university’s Canvas platform. It offers faculty a way of expanding the impact of their teaching and imagining new ways that their disciplines connect with emerging issues in the workforce and beyond. By using a platform that is already common for UK courses, Catalog simplifies the process so that faculty can attend to the intellectual and professional stakes of these workshops, courses and programs.

Arts Emergency Management, a workshop for administrators of arts and cultural organizations to help provide them with skills to develop and routinely update emergency plans for areas of public assembly, will run Aug. 3-Oct. 4. The course costs $699. To sign up for this online professional development program, visit:

Founded in 1987, the Department of Arts Administration at UK College of Fine Arts offers one of the most comprehensive curricula in the country. Dynamic and innovative, the department leads national and international initiatives in teaching, research, professional and community service to educate and inspire responsible arts leaders, artists and entrepreneurs.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.