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Why Continue a Career in the Arts? (Part 1)

With the national focus shifting from the financial crisis to job creation (and now, this week back to the financial crisis once more), I thought I would use my personal story as a midcareer arts administrator to help shed light on the impact the economy is having on jobs in this field. I’m in my […]

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Community Engagement & College Degrees: Building the Next Generation of Arts Leaders

Lately, it seems that every conference I attend, classroom I enter, or art forum I participate in is fixated on the notion of transforming those in the arts field from just merely that of an artist or an administrator to that of a community leader. While the arts have been recognized for over two decades […]

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Letter to a Young Administrator

A friend and colleague—one on the earlier end of her career—recently emailed me and asked what she thought of her possibly moving back to the east coast and entering a graduate program in the hope of advancing her career more quickly. This is what I wrote her. Because her question is about career development, I […]

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Teaching Artists

When we consider careers in the arts, I would like to see more attention paid and resources assigned to cultivate the next generation of teaching artists. At the Los Angeles Music Center, teaching artists are central to our work helping schools gain capacity to provide quality arts education. Our teaching artists provide inspiration and support […]

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Careers in the Arts – A Plug for Enlightenment

I have this sneaking suspicion that if you ask a typical high school student to tell you what career choices exist in the arts, they would give “artist,” and “art teacher” as their two, and possibly only two, examples. Unfortunately, I think that too many young people are unaware of the myriad career options that […]

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What Arts Graduates Tell Us About Their Lives and Careers

At the end of September, over 300,000 arts graduates across the U.S. and Canada will be eligible to complete the 2011 SNAAP survey. SNAAP is the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project – an annual survey and data collection project that investigates both the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates. The project–the biggest of […]

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Well, I Do Declare: Studying Arts Not A Major Mistake

I have the great privilege of attending this year’s Americans for the Arts Annual Convention as a student representative of San Diego State University. As a student, I was excited to attend the Higher Education Peer Group. During the session, the conversation gravitated toward the difficult decision college students face as they declare their major. […]

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Reporting from San Diego

Yesterday morning I happened to walk down the hall and saw a sign for a “Higher Education Peer Group” session. I am an arts administrator who works in higher education, so I hoped the session would be open to anyone, and I was in luck. I immediately recognized the person in charge: the bow-tied Ron […]

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Mayors, Higher Education, & The Arts

Institutions of higher education and the communities in which they reside must be collaborators, and they must mutually seek beneficial ways to partner. Nowhere is this more critical than the arts. Put another way, the arts in higher education must be part of and inseparably linked to, and woven into, the fabric of the community […]

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So You Want to Be an Art Therapist, Part Six: Should I Get a Doctorate?

As King Lear said, “oh, that way madness lies”…well, maybe not in every single situation, but it’s complicated. Primary Topic:  Psych Careers read more

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