Diane Scott Appointed Director of Professional Development at UMKC Conservatory


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that Diane Scott is named Director of Professional Development.

Conservatory dean Peter Witte notes, “Diane Scott’s appointment as Director of Professional Development at UMKC’s Conservatory is big. Diane’s Artist INC., heralded as a model for partnerships, portfolio career development, and entrepreneurship, is yet another Kansas City success story.

From Google Fiber to the Big 5, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit are baked into Kansas City’s identity as America’s Creative Crossroads. The Conservatory faculty, students, and alumni who have worked with Diane in recent years see her appointment as a natural evolution of UMKC’s core strengths in entrepreneurship and the arts.

Daily, we remind ourselves that today’s freshman will retire in 2060. More than simply preparing graduates for a job, UMKC’s mission is to help her students build careers and communities, many of which may not yet exist.

Professor Scott joins a Conservatory and a university excited about the future. The fit couldn’t be better. Together we understand that UMKC Conservatory graduates don’t simply react to the future. They shape it.

Professor Scott’s appointment aligns with UMKC's Strategic Plan Goal #4: ‘To create excellent programs in visual and performing arts that are central to campus life and support Kansas City’s initiatives in entrepreneurship, urban education and innovation.'"

Specifically Scott will help the Conservatory develop courses and experiences that ‘demonstrate the relationships between artistic creativity, entrepreneurial innovation and economic development.’ In coordination with the Conservatory appointment, Professor Scott will continue her role as the director of Artist INC programs out of the UMKC Innovation Center.

About Artist INC

Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, Charlotte Street Foundation, and the UMKC Innovation Center. Artist INC connects Kansas City artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice. For additional information about Artist INC click here

About Diane Scott

Diane Scott, as part of the UMKC Innovation Center, has taken her background in theater production and business administration to create programming that helps artists with the business end of their fine arts careers.  Over the past five years, Diane has served as the principal designer and program director for Artist INC programs.  Prior to this Diane was a member of the management faculty at Wichita State Universtiy in the Barton School of Business for more than 11 years, winning numerous teaching awards including the 2006 Barton School of Business Undergraduate Teacher of the Year and the 2008 WSU Academy for Effective Teaching award.  Diane specializes in creative and fine arts entrepreneurship, management and organizational behavior and has taught thousands of current and future business people in traditional classrooms and professional development settings how to improve their strategic planning, marketing, project planning, teamwork, leadership, coaching and communication skills.  Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Business Administration from WSU. 

About the UMKC Innovation Center

From whiteboard to boardroom, the UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.  With a suite of high-impact programs, the center helps emerging and existing business owners hone their business basics, evaluate commercialization opportunities, and connect with the right resources at the right time.  Innovation Center programs include the Small Business & Technology Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, U.S. SourceLink, KCSourceLink, Artist INC KC and the new Digital Sandbox KC proof of concept center. 

About the UMKC Conservatory

Founded in 1906, UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance enrolls more than 500 students in a comprehensive array of 14 undergraduate and 15 graduate degrees. Giving more than 300 performances a year, the Conservatory is an internationally recognized educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship, and learning in the arts. UMKC is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (1933), the National Association of Schools of Dance (2008), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (1961), and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949