Graduating Class (Year): 2014
What you are up to now?
I am the Member Relations Manager at the Chicago History Museum. I handle all things membership: renewals, acquisitions, member events, etc.
What led you into arts management?
I was introduced to the arts at a young age. My mom is a music and art teacher and she started teaching me to play guitar at the age of 3. We were always singing, creating art projects, and visiting museums together when I was younger. The arts management field felt like a great fit because I could be immersed in the arts, while honing my skills in organizing and detail management.
Most memorable experience in the Program?
I had many memorable experiences in the Program. Those that I appreciated most were the field trips we took to different arts organizations such as the Shaw Festival Theatre and the Royal Ontario Museum. I valued the opportunity to meet with the staff of each organization and tour the facilities. It was inspiring to hear from professionals who were already in the field and doing the good work that we hoped to do.
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
Don't be afraid to ask questions. The professors are fantastic resources and you should try to learn as much as possible from them during your time in the Program.
Advice for current/prospective students?
My advice for current/prospective students would be to find a mentor in the program or the Buffalo community. I was lucky enough to work for Phil Rehard at the concert hall during my time in the Program. This gave me the opportunity to gain work experience and Phil played a big role in shaping my career, from acting as a reference to giving me advice on the interview process. I would also encourage all students to find an internship while in the program. I was also able to intern at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in Tonawanda, New York during my time in the Program because of a connection made by professor Patrick Fagan. This experience enabled me to gain skills in development and event planning and gave me the opportunity to network with local arts professionals.
I valued the opportunity to meet with staff members and tour facilities during organization site visits. It was inspiring to hear from professionals who were already in the field and doing the good work that we hoped to do.