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MSLCE Students Get Real Life Experience Analyzing Organizations

By Ben Levine

Today, we’re taking a look at one of our core classes and what students learned. Here’s MSLCE student Ben Levine describing our Organizational Processes course taught by MSLCE director Pablo Boczkowski.

The Organizational Processes course is the base that helps us understand how organizations function. We analyzed case studies using “The Three Lenses” perspective as a means of breaking organizations down into the various components that make them work. The lenses are: strategic design, political, and cultural. All of our cases focused on the creative fields and we even got to work directly with a local arts organization on a group project where we provided in-depth analysis of the organization and offered suggestions for how they can best handle a large change they’re going through.

From Sculpting to Stand-Up Comedy, MSLCE Student Reimagines Her Career in the Arts

By Amy A. Ross

Allison Riddle has long intuited her life would revolve around the arts; however, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that she even imagined a career in comedy.

Riddle attended Eastern Michigan University, and during that time she developed her skills as a sculptor using non-traditional materials like fabrics and fibers.

Upon graduating in 2012, Riddle was confident she wanted to work in the arts, and equally confident that she didn’t want to be an artist.

She worked a couple of non-art jobs, including marketing for the Jimmy John’s restaurant chain, before spontaneously moving to Chicago two years ago and discovering her love of comedy. (more…)