Culture War Bootcamp: Curation, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship in the Arts

Course Description

What does it take to produce a show? How is art funded in the United States? What is the relationship between the American tax code and histories of racial inequity and violence? Are you an artist if you make TikToks?

“Culture War Bootcamp” introduces you to the complex relationships between entrepreneurs, buyers, sellers, producers, managers, audiences, artists, and the state. This class seeks to situate artistic production within histories of cultural practice, management, and technology, and ultimately aims to endow you with the tactical, critical, and strategic acumen necessary to thrive in an arts sector in flux.

This course is ideal for those interested in preparing to enter college with a focus on art, performance, production or design. The class structure is organized to prepare you for the sorts of writing, public speaking, and project-based collaborations expected in college. Whether you are an emerging artist interested in learning how to become a professional or are simply curious about how art and culture work in the United States.

By the end of this course, you will:
• Be grounded in the microeconomics of artistic practice in the United States
• Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between art, infrastructure, and social justice
• Conduct independent research on art and artists, online and in archives
• Compare and contrast different organizational structures use of art as a mechanism for change
• Prepare budgets for themselves and collaborative creative ventures
• Have practiced working in teams to accomplish a variety of tasks ranging from producing a mini-show to conducting collaborative research

In short, “Culture War Bootcamp” is designed to catalyze your investigation of creative practices in contemporary context, while orienting participants in the ways and means of cultural production in academic context and beyond.


Some personal familiarity with the arts- as well as a personal artistic practice- may be useful, but is not required. Ideally, those taking this class would be excited to apply their learnings to a creative practice, either individual or collective.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Sydney Skybetter
Course Number: 10173