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College of the Arts Career Conference


Second Annual Arts without Limits: Explore Careers in the Arts


Friday, January 25, 2019
1- 5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center KIVA and Third Floor Meeting Rooms

Come join the creatives and discover:

  • What you can do with an arts related degree?
  • How can you make a living as a freelance artist?
  • What does it take to break boundaries in your field?
  • Where do you start if you are starting up your own business or non-profit organizations?
Come to Arts without Limits: Explore Careers in the Arts.

The 2018 Conference was a such a huge success, we’re inviting all students, alumni, faculty, and Advising staff to do it all again!

The conference kicks off at 1 p.m. in the KIVA with a short keynote with Liz Maugans, MFA (Kent BFA, Printmaking and Painting, 1989).  Ms. Maugans’ has played a vital role in the Northeastern Ohio arts community through her roles as artist, Co-founder and Executive Director of Zygote Press, and most recently  as Director of  the YARDS Projects and curator of the Dalad Collection at Worthington Yards in Cleveland's Warehouse District.  

Two, one-hour panels will begin at 1:45 p.m..  You will have a chance to go to two of the following panels:

Creative Freelancing

It is a “gig economy,” but how does one “gig?”  The panel will cover subjects such as building a network, finding opportunities, promoting yourself, saving for taxes and the lean times, resources, and finding an ideal location to do your work.

What Can You do with an Art, Music, Fashion, Theater or Dance degree?

Answer: More than you realize!  The panel will help you discover career options and paths, how to identify and apply your transferable knowledge and skills, creating and building opportunities, and networking.

Breaking Barriers: Opening Arts to All

The Arts are known for breaking barriers of societal norms and narrow minds.  The panel members will share their experiences and advice on breaking personal and societal barriers, opening minds, and creating and building opportunities for all in the arts.

Teaching the Arts:  Opportunities in Education from K-12 and beyond

Those who can, can also teach.  The panel will share how to create your own teaching studio, what it takes to teach in public and private education, careers in combination (creating and teaching), and graduate school education.

Transforming Your Art (dance, fashion, music, or theatre) into a Business

You have what they want.  Now, how do you transform that into a business?  The panel will cover how to start as a start-up business, where to find funding “angels,” building and maintaining clients, marketing, virtual and bricks/mortar business options, and working with partners.

Arts and Non-profit Administration: Arts Changes Lives

You know how the arts changes lives and improves communities, but how do you get started in creating or managing arts (and other non-profit) organizations?  The panel will include an overview of arts and non-profit administration career options, how to find internships, where to volunteer, what skills are key, and the importance of networking.

The conference will wrap up with a “How to be a Networking Artist” workshop disguised as a reception (4:15 – 5:15 p.m.)