Taking a Fine Arts Education from the Classroom to the Real World

Two hundred students  participated in opportunities to interact with arts professionals through four Fine Arts Career Services' sponsored programs offered in Spring 20ll. Professionals in a variety of career paths shared opportunities and insights with students at The Arts Internship and Networking Fair, New York Seminar in Arts Administration, Design Professional Panel and Art Therapy Workshop.  From these events, students learned first-hand that there are numerous ways to put a fine arts degree to work.

Students donned business casual attire and came prepared to resumes to meet
with over 20 arts administrators, entertainment industry representatives and
entrepreneurs at the Arts Internship and Networking Fair on March 8, 2011. Students and
employers networked, mingled and talked about internship and career opportunities for 2 hours. Blue
Genie Art Industries and C3 were among the new organizations at this
SpringĀ¹s fair. A complete list can be found at Fine Arts Works.
 
14 students traveled to the Big Apple over Spring Break to meet with seven arts organizations at the NYC Seminar. Coordinated in partnership with the New York Texas Exes, students learned about arts administration and the New York arts scene from some of the best in the business. Student learned directly from professionals, through conversations and tours, about career paths ranging from development to advocacy to education to computer programming.  William Craver (MFA and BFA, Theatre and Dance, '52 and '56) coordinated a visit with several staff and board members of the American Theatre Wing, Michael Arthur (PhD and BA, Theatre and Dance, '93 and '98) hosted students at his studio, Charlotte Lee (BA, Music and Plan II, '98)  led a panel of four artist managers at
IMG Artists, and College of Communication alum Dafina McMillan (BS, Public Relations, '04) made the visit to  Theatre
Communications Group possible. In addition to these alumni-sponsored visits, students
made site visits to network at Fractured Atlas, Americans for the Arts, and
chashama. Jan Davidson (BM, Music, '97), is this year's NYC Program Coordinator, .
 
FACS organized a design professional panel for graduating design
seniors in Professor Gloria Lee's course.  Panelists Jess Moss, Senior
Designer at UT RecSports, Tate Strickland, Experience Designer at
thirteen23, and Julie Pizzo, Art Director at Texas Architect represented
varying design environments and and output. The panelists brought to life
the vast array of opportunities available in design and shared challenges
and rewards of the design profession.
 
On April 19 FACS hosted Art alum Deanna Miesch (BFA, Studio Art, '91) at an Art Therapy Workshop for over  20
prospective art therapists. Deanna's in-depth
historical analysis and insight into the day to day aspects of the
profession provided a glimpse into many facets of art therapy. The session culminated in an hour long experiential art therapy
exercise.

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