Graduating Class (Year): 2015
What you are up to now?
Currently, I am the publications manager and part of the audience engagement team for BodyVox Dance in Portland, Oregon. My responsibilities include the company's press releases, website copy, email communications, scheduling photo shoots for media kits and the annual calendar, and social media. I also organize the annual fundraising event with our development director.
What led you into arts management?
I spent the year after graduating college teaching English abroad and realized how much the arts played a role in my life. Returning to Buffalo, I joined a friend in starting a high school summer musical theater program. Working with the students and behind the scenes with the director and music director made me realize that my passion for the arts could become a career. I initially joined the UB Arts Management Program as a non-matriculated student; after taking the class "Why Manage the Arts" with Dr. Katja Praznik, it became clear that AMP would provide me with the tools to break into the Arts Management field, and I was right.
Most memorable experience in the Program?
The practical side of the program really helped me see the possibilities of the Arts Management field. The different field trips to theaters, art galleries and museums where we were able to speak with the directors helped us learn more about the different aspects of the field. The trip that stands out the most is our trip to Vienna during the summer of 2014. Being able to have in depth discussions with guest speakers and cultural leaders of the city was an experience like no other. It showed me how arts organizations can provide a voice to minorities and safe spaces to create work without judgment, as well as creating spaces for younger people to be exposed to the arts. Traveling to Washington D.C. to talk to U.S. Representatives about the arts was incredible. Getting the chance to speak to arts leaders during conference and visiting some of the community centers in the city that provide arts access to youth was unforgettable.
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
Don't hesitate to ask questions. I regret not asking as many questions when we had guest speakers come in or when we went on field trips. Those moments are opportunities to learn more about the field and to also figure out what aspects interest you the most.
Advice for current/prospective students?
Get as much practical experience as possible, even if it's not in the field you want to continue in. Many aspects of arts management carry over from one arts field into another.
I initially joined the UB Arts Management Program as a non-matriculated student; after taking the class "Why Manage the Arts" with Dr. Katja Praznik, it became clear that AMP would provide me with the tools to break into the Arts Management field, and I was right.