Document Type

Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Arts Administration




The following paper documents Meredith Harper’s internship from May 2012 to August 2012 at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA as part of the degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Arts Administration. The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is the only non-collecting, multi-disciplinary arts center in New Orleans, and has worked to present the very best of the "art of now" to the New Orleans community since 1976.

This paper is written from the point of view of an arts administrator observing the organization as an outsider. This paper will discuss the responsibilities and duties of the internship, focused through the lens of organizational development, and examine the CAC’s institutional effectiveness by identifying strengths and providing solutions for areas needing improvement.


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