Graduating Class (Year): 2012
What you are up to now?
For the last four years, I’ve served as the Development and Communications Director for Hope & Help, Inc., a not-for-profit health center that is focused on ending the HIV/STI epidemic in Florida. The Program has helped me greatly in my role as I have adopted the idea behind the Aesthetic Contract in our fundraising practices and endeavors. The Program has taught me how to tailor our signature fundraising events to the most appropriate audiences.
What led you into arts management?
What led me to the Program was the drive to use the arts in order to create positive change in communities.
Most memorable experience in the Program?
My most memorable experience in the Program was the summer trip to Singapore. It was a life changing experience that challenged my prior ideas of what it means to connect audiences. The country’s rich cultural heritage and diversity was the perfect backdrop for self-discovery and introspection. Not only did I learn about cultural policy and understanding audiences, I learned more about myself, both personally and professionally.
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
I wish I knew the importance of finding a mentor. Mentors can help you see things you never knew were there and they can help you reveal and polish your talents.
Advice for current/prospective students?
Spend time learning the arts industry and the many sources of funding. In whatever role you choose in the arts, you will always be a fundraiser to some extent. Make every effort to connect with donors and show them appreciation for their gifts and show how it impacted your mission.
Also, get involved in the arts scene locally. Buffalo has a beautiful arts scene that needs fresh voices to carry on its charm.
The Program has helped me greatly in my role as I have adopted the idea behind the Aesthetic Contract in our fundraising practices and endeavors. The Program taught me how to tailor our signature fundraising events to the most appropriate audiences.