Rozsa Arts Management Program - RAMP





As Alberta’s artistic landscape continues to mature, diversify and thrive, the demands on arts administrators are growing. The Rozsa Foundation believes intentional investment in the education and professional development of the workers on the front lines of this vibrant sector will further support the sustainable growth of arts and culture in this province.


The Rozsa Arts Management Program (RAMP) has been offered through Executive Education - Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary since 2012. In 2015/2016, the program expanded to Edmonton for one year to the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta.



The Rozsa Arts Management Program (RAMP) provides early to mid-career arts professionals an opportunity to become familiar with new concepts or dig a little deeper into topics including governance, resource development, marketing, human resources, leadership, and finance.


This unique certificate program is designed to address the specific needs of arts managers through customized content that is both relevant and practical while providing an important opportunity for peers to network and learn together.

This professional development opportunity includes over twenty-one hours of customized instruction and mentoring while addressing current workplace challenges. RAMP is offered at discounted rates to all who currently work in arts administration.


Participants must be prepared to complete all coursework and adhere to the set schedule. It is expected that their Board Chair will endorse their application and that members of the board will attend the presentation of project.


Graduates of the program receive a certificate that signifies a commitment to organizational excellence and professional development. On a macro scale, this program aims to increase sector standards by supporting consistency in best practices and providing a transferable framework for excellence in arts administration.


Who should apply

Mid to senior level arts professionals

What is RAMP?

RAMP takes place each year from September to March in Calgary, Alberta.

Each session (8 in total) is 4-8 hours long.


When is RAMP? (2019/2020)

RAMP 2019/2020 Program Schedule (PDF)

What is the tuition for RAMP?
Between $300-$1500 depending on budget size of organization.


Is there a waitlist?
Please email Ayla Stephen at to be put on the waitlist for details about the next RAMP session.


TUITION (2019/2020)


The Rozsa Foundation subsidizes tuition for participants working for non-profits/registered charities. 


  • $300                    Operating Budget less than $300,000

  • $750                    Operating Budget between $300,001-$900,000

  • $1500                  Operating Budget more than $900,001


Anyone from a medium or large organization who is ineligible for the Canada Alberta job grant may contact the Rozsa foundation for information on further subsidies (this includes board members and contracted staff of arts organizations).



In addition to the subsidy that the Rozsa Foundation offers, you may also have the option of applying for the Canada Alberta Job Grant – a funding opportunity for employers to develop their employees. The Canada Alberta Job Grant can fund up to 2/3 or your program costs to a maximum of $10,000 per individual or $300,000 per organization.


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Each participant will select an existing challenge within their organization and will work closely with a faculty mentor to design and implement a plan to address it. The program culminates with participants presenting their Action Learning Plan (ALPs), which are designed to move their work forward in an impactful and measurable way.


ALP presentations have covered everything from new audience development, board succession planning, fund development, strategic planning, membership development, organizational sustainability, human resources, youth and community outreach, plus many more challenges faced by the arts sector. It is an exceptional professional development and networking opportunity for arts administrators.


RAMP is taught by Haskayne School of Business instructors at the University of Calgary.


Read stories about others' experiences with RAMP and our other Arts Leadership programs HERE

Business skills for arts managers, festival directors, marketing and resource development professionals, sector employees from all organizational sizes and genre, and arts business owners.

"RAMP provided me with the skills and resources to tackle some organizational challenges with timely, relevant and progressive programming. The ability to network and collaborate with the industry professionals in my cohort was an added bonus." Ali Bryan, Program Coordinator, Alexandra Writers Centre Society

“Open your mind and let the real you shine through. RAMP makes you shine." 
Lanre Ajayi, Arts Instructor/Administrative Support, Studio C/Prospect

“RAMP has been helpful and eye-opening in helping me improve what I know about the arts and what I am doing.”
Brian Batista, Arts Instructor, Atelier Artista

“As a new generation of creative leaders emerge, programs like RAMP help grow their capacity, confidence and clarity of vision. Thank you.”  Laurel Green, Festival Producer, High Performance Rodeo

“RAMP gave me a good understanding of the challenges faced by other members of my organization and encouraged me to try harder to apply leadership principles from within our team.”  Amanda MacKay, Communications Coordinator, Leighton Art Centre

“If you are tentative about RAMP, don’t be. Come prepared with an open mind and a love of your organization, and you will flourish.” Carlos Foggin, Music Director, Rocky Mountain Symphony

“RAMP provides essential administration basics for those of us who thought we would never work in an office.

Thank you to the Rozsa Foundation and the U of C.”  Kaylee Maciejko, Facilities and Gallery Manager, Untitled Art Society


Ayla Stephen, Programs and Granting Manager, Rozsa Foundation, 403-245-6063 or

cSPACE King Edward, suite 490

1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7, Canada

(403) 245-6063

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