After earning a BA in Print Journalism from American University, I worked as a Project Manager and User Experience Lead at Threespot Media, focusing on digital projects such as websites, and as a Web Project Manager at American Apparel.
I really wanted to work at an art museum and I was not getting any traction applying to jobs at art museums with my BA in Print Journalism. I thought that a master's in Arts Management would help me break into the field, and I was right!
Our trip to the 2009 Venice Biennale, specifically, getting a tour of the group exhibition at the Arsenale from that year's curator, Daniel Birnbaum.
I manage digital initiatives at the Albright-Knox, including the museum's website, email communications, and social media. I am currently managing a complete redesign of the Albright-Knox's website. I also co-founded and lead the museum's cross-departmental Digital Engagement Group.
"I really wanted to work at an art museum and [...] I thought that a master's in Arts Management would help me break into the field, and I was right!"
The Arts Management program helped me make connections that have been invaluable in both my personal and professional life. I also find myself calling on the information I learned in the business and legal classes that I took as part of the program. I think this classes are a very important component of the program.
I would encourage them to get as much hands on experience in the field as possible, through field work, internships, volunteer work, etc.