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Marlon Webb

Cultivating Young Artists
BS Arts Management


SPEA honors student Marlon Webb believes that the arts have the power to change lives, especially young lives. During his time at SPEA, he has volunteered with several youth organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters. And one day, he hopes to open a nonprofit arts organization in his hometown of Gary, Indiana, “as a way to get the youth off the streets and into activities that promote excellence,” he said.

SPEA’s arts management program has given Marlon several opportunities to combine his lifelong passion for the arts with his desire to serve. In a course on organizational behavior, for example, Marlon and other honors students explored ways in which the Bloomington Community Arts Commission (BCAC) could improve its services. “We researched how other arts commissions functioned in their communities, and chose best practices to incorporate into the BCAC,” he said.

SPEA experiences like this, says Marlon, have given him the tools he will need to improve the lives of future generations through the arts. “Not only can I learn about art and music in general with this degree,” he said, “but I can also understand the business of the arts.”