Arts Management Grad Connects Passion With Career

From the moment Ren Dryzer set foot in the School of the Arts as a senior in high school in 2017, Dryzer was drawn to the Arts Management Program.

Originally from Tennessee, Dryzer has been entranced by the power of the arts since early childhood, and wanted to find a college degree to intertwine that passion with a career.

“My goal in life is to have an impact on the arts on a regional and national level,” says the arts management major and Honors College student. “I grew up in Knoxville where I was repeatedly told that being an artist would mean I’d be starving and homeless, but – instead of being discouraged – I wanted to prove everyone wrong.”

Dryzer’s major advisor Kate Keeney helped Dryzer discover an interest in public administration, which led Dryzer to pursue a minor in political science to gain more knowledge on how the arts are affected on a state and federal level. Dryzer’s dream, one day, is to work for Americans for the Arts or the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Every internship I completed was not only about gaining experience in my field,” says Dryzer. “I wanted to understand how arts organizations worked so that I could be more informed when addressing policy-related issues.”

Dryzer has interned with the Charleston Music Hall, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, J. Rhodes Interior Design, the Charleston Gaillard Center, and the Rivers Performance Hall Foundation. Most notably, Dryzer interned with the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project and used the experience as inspiration for a required bachelor’s essay. Dryzer analyzed arts education implementation by using ABC as a model, focusing on how the organization partners with state agencies like the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

“What I love most about my degree is its adaptability,” says Dryzer. “As a kid, I never thought I’d enjoy being in business, and before entering college I never knew I could actually conduct research on the arts during my undergraduate career. When I began my first year at the College, I assumed there would be very little opportunities in the arts. I was incredibly wrong. Here I am four years later – struggling with choosing among thousands of possibilities for jobs and future academic programs.”


To read more about Ren Dryzer’s artistic endeavors, check out the full article at The College Today.

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