Diane Ragsdale | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Diane Ragsdale

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Director of Master of Arts in Creative Leadership
Chair of MA Creative Leadership
MFA, University of Missouri–Kansas City
BS and BFA, Theater from Tulane University
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Diane Ragsdale is the Director of the MA in Creative Leadership, an online master’s program that will welcome its first cohort in summer 2022. Diane is a scholar, lecturer, and advisor on a wide range of arts and culture topics.

She joins MCAD from both Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, where she served as Faculty and Director of the Cultural Leadership Program, and Yale University where she is adjunct faculty and leads an annual workshop on Aesthetic Values in a Changed Cultural Context. She was previously an assistant professor and program director at The New School in New York, where she successfully built an MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship in the School of Performing Arts and launched a new graduate minor in Creative Community Development in collaboration with Parsons School of Design - The New School of Design and the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment. Diane is currently a part-time doctoral candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam where she was a lecturer in the Cultural Economics MA program from 2011–15.
Diane holds an MFA in Acting & Directing from University of Missouri-Kansas City and a BS in Psychology and BFA in Theater from Tulane University. She was part of Stanford University’s inaugural Executive Program for Nonprofit Arts Leaders, produced in partnership with National Arts Strategies.