Dato Nadiradze came to Southern Utah University from the country of Georgia. Full of spirit and excitement for the world of arts, and a passion for a country full of cultural wonders and generous people, Dato sought after an arts administration degree with the goal of helping others find their artistic passions.
Dato received his bachelor of arts in fine and studio arts from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. He then went on to receive his master of arts in visual arts and cultural management from the same school.
“At this time, I was working on piano performance and music theory to be able to understand the arts and see problems from an artist’s perspective,” said Dato. “My desire to help the arts and cultural environment of Georgia led me to the idea that I should merge my artistic knowledge, passion, and love for the arts with management.”
Dato found SUU’s Arts Administration Program through the Association of Arts Administration Educators. He felt that he had prepared himself for the program and had a rich background to apply to his studies.
“The program totally transformed my vision and challenged my ideas and opinions about everything,” said Dato. “It has been an eye-opening time of my life, and one that I am grateful for.”
At SUU, Dato said he has been greatly impacted by the work of Bill Byrnes, professor of arts administration. Byrnes has worked at the university since 2004, and collaborated with international experts in arts management who helped Dato better understand who he is and what he can achieve.
“Bill has given me confidence with how I can transform the arts and cultural environment around me,” said Dato. “He equipped me with the necessary knowledge to go into the real world and make positive changes.”
With his degree, Dato wants to make an impact on the arts in his home country. He said he has seen many talented artists, specifically in Georgia, who are constantly looking for support from an underdeveloped arts management field.
“I want to help people become proud of their culture and identity,” said Dato. “I want Georgians to be passionate about their culture and preserve valuable traditions.”