In the Fall of 2016 Marc was Visiting Professor of Practice at The John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University.

The John Nicholas Brown Center is a division of the American Studies Department and awards Masters in Public Humanities degrees.  Marc is now a member of the Center’s Advisory Board.

Marc taught two seminars to graduate students:

Managing and Evaluating Arts & Cultural Institutions 

Organizations with a mission to create, present, teach, interpret and cultivate interest in cultural activities are re-assessing their missions, business models, and relationships with their constituents and communities. Students learned how these strategic and operational challenges are being addressed by stakeholders in and out of the cultural sector. In addition to studying various conceptual frameworks for managing innovative cultural organizations, students will develop practical skills to apply to the planning, budgeting, and community-engagement processes at arts and culture organizations and how to evaluate their outcomes. This course was designed for graduate students interested in work in public humanities, cultural institutions and philanthropic agencies. It aimed to prepare students to consider critical questions facing the field today, and to develop strategies and tactics for meeting them from multiple vantage points.

Creativity, Community and Controversy in Cultural Policy

The art of making good policy lies in making tough choices between competing options to maximize public good. Governments perceive the arts and arts-education as amenities and slash their budgets whenever belts need to be tightened. However, creative placemaking initiatives, the expansion of the creative economy, the rise of design thinking and recent victories by broad-based arts coalitions suggest new ways for policy makers to constructively resolve apparent either/or dilemmas to advance arts and other policy goals too. The course explored public policies that stimulate the arts; how arts advocates make their case to public officials; the benefits of the arts to their communities; and how policy makers in many sectors in the US and internationally leverage, or exploit, arts-based solutions in their work. This course was designed for graduate students who are either interested in the cultural sector, or in public sector policy work or both. In this course students will learn about how culture-based public policies stimulate vibrant local arts ecosystems, spur economic growth, contribute to community development and advance international relations – and how arts advocates make the case for them to legislators and public officials.


In addition to teaching Marc presented a lecture on Measuring Audience Engagement and presented guest lectures by Adam Huttler on Exponential Creativity and John Killacky on The Culture Wars

Student Feedback from End-of-Course Evaluations: 

Marc Vogl’s professional experience within the public humanities field and use of hands-on learning activities made the class both intellectually interesting and practical. Marc’s business approach to nonprofits gave me an entirely new perspective on the field, one that I hope to continue to refer to as I make my way through my career.”

 “This course gave me an overview of the nonprofit field and provided me with useful skills and knowledge for a career with nonprofits. All the classes combined gave me a new understanding of how nonprofits can be dynamic organizations that change over time.”

 “I imagined some of the course material (fundraising, learning about boards, mission statements) was going to be tedious, but Marc made every subject interesting.”

 “Marc is an engaging lecturer and discussion leader. He is optimistic, upbeat, and helpful.”

“I found this course extremely relevant and helpful for my thesis research. The course encouraged participation and critical thinking, and Professor Vogl challenged us to consider the topics in new ways.”

“This course helped me to really think critically about how we view the arts in America and what we consider culture. In turn, it expanded how I was able to consider cultural policy, in terms of what it is, what it can do, and how far reaching its impact can be.”

“The course was tough but now that it’s over I’m appreciating how much I learned and how it pushed me to think rigorously.”