Daemen College Speaker Series

Daemen College Virtual Speaker Series

Join us for a series of three (3) virtual presentations hosted by Book Arts & led by faculty from Daemen College’s Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts Program (LEA), dedicated to advancing leadership opportunities in the arts.

Presentation topics include introductions to: artists as entreprenuers, non-profit leadership, grant writing, marketing & branding, client management, & more!

The virtual Daemen College Speaker Series is intended for artists and arts curious folks interested in learning about or working in a creative field. All experience levels are welcome to attend. Registration is free!

Watch Recordings of Speaker Series Sessions

About Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts B.S. Program. 

 Our graduates can work in meaningful leadership positions in both non-profit or profit arts organizations or become successful, self-sustaining artists. Crafted with the help of 30 leading arts professionals, our program prepares students to find jobs, both locally and globally, within many different settings, including museums, symphonies, theatres, and more.


  • Enjoy creative flexibility, with a wide range of classes from many different fields, including business, marketing, entrepreneurship, fine arts, the performing arts, and more.
  • Embrace entrepreneurial opportunities, including projects and internships with leading professional arts organizations in WNY’s vibrant and diverse culture.
  • Study abroad to learn art history in Rome and Florence, art and entrepreneurship at the Venice Biennale, and more.
  • Work together to develop and manage a creative enterprise, such as an exhibition, production or radio show.
  • Gain skills in financial management, marketing, organizational, programming, and event planning.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Daemen College has, for a long time now, been determined to provide graduates in the fine and performing arts with the skills needed to succeed as creatives. The growth of the start-up and gig economies, coupled with changes within the not-for-profit cultural sector, led us to design a new program that can provide students with both a deep foundation in the arts, and the skills needed to succeed as creative professionals

Dr. Robert Waterhouse

Chair/Associate Professor of Theatre, Daemen College

The LEA program challenges students to energize the creative economy with innovative new ideas. How can we make it more accessible? How can we make sure every voice is heard? This is the spirit of entrepreneurship, and it is underpinned by a relentless commitment to creativity.

Emily Burns Perryman

APR, MA, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Daemen College

Take a look at the blog series!

SEO Basics for Artists

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO for short, has become a crucial element of marketing for businesses and nonprofit organizations in the last decade. Learn more about SEO strategies for emerging artists! Written by Chris Miano, Founder of MemoryFox.

Take Every Win as a Win

A conversation with Book Arts Grant Writer, Kathleen Kearnan, in support of Daemen College’s Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts (LEA) Program.

From WNYBAC to Book Arts

From WNYBAC to Book Arts We’re proud to have worked with Telesco Creative Group on creating the new Book Arts’ brand. The refreshed, modern and creative Book Arts mark is representative of who we are, what we do, and the mission we hold dear. As Buffalo’s only...

This program is presented through a collaboration with the WNY Book Arts Center and Daemen College’s Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts Program (LEA)