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By Mors Smith

Hello College of Fine Arts!

ArtsForce had the opportunity to kick off the Spring 2023 semester with our Career Trek to the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, or UMOCA for short. We explored the museum and what careers can be found inside. Golda Dopp Ovalles, UMOCA’s K-12 Educator started the trek off by handing us a custom worksheet sheet to take notes on throughout the trek, showed us around the museum and discussed the curation process for each exhibit.

We first explored the Projects Gallery. Which is currently showing, Beyond the Margins: An Exploration of Latina Art and Identity. The Projects Gallery is reserved for Utah based artists, which can open up more opportunities for curation. The second gallery we explored was the Street Gallery, currently showing: Thomas Campbell: Making stuff to express stuff, To share stuff, So others can feel or wanna make stuff, Hopefully. This exhibit was from a California-based artist, which meant that during curation, shipping costs and size had to be considered.

Lastly, we took a peek inside the empty Main Gallery. Here, we went over each position currently in UMOCA: Curatorial, Leadership, Development, PR/Marketing/Design/Social Media, Education, and Visitor Services. These positions were written on the worksheet, and we were encouraged to write what excited us about the work involved for each one. On the other side of the sheet, Golda gave us a look at what her everyday life might look like. Being an educator for a museum involves a lot of outreach. In the morning, you might be attending legislative sessions on Capitol Hill, and for the evening you could be teaching a workshop. Who knows?  Maybe throw in teaching a group of college students in the middle of that! At a non-profit museum, there is always something for you to be doing.

Golda is three years into her career and she gave us excellent advice for students graduating soon. She urged us to take the initiative in as many networking opportunities as possible: Don’t put up barriers for yourself before you try! A way to approach networking is to have the attitude of helping each other. Being open to networking in this fashion can lead to many opportunities both for you and others. When putting yourself out there, make sure to play to your strengths. Try thinking of three words to describe yourself, and what you want to leave your audience with. Overall we were left with the impression that jobs in the Fine Arts are there and ready for the taking.

After the trek we walked to the debrief and had coffee and snacks. We shared our thoughts about the trek and networked with each other.

Up next is our 10th Annual Networking Event, on March 25th. Make sure to RSVP to celebrate 10 years of ArtsForce!

After that, our next Career Trek to Eccles Theatre in April.

Author Mors Smith is a Studio Art Major with an emphasis in Ceramics and an Emerging Leaders Intern at ArtsForce. 

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By Sara Kenrick

In January, ArtsForce took college of fine arts students on a career trek to the Rise Up School of Dance to learn more about the art professionals in Salt Lake City’s dance industry and what it’s like to start a non-profit organization. IMG 26162

Alyssa Bertelsen started Rise Up to give underprivileged kids the opportunity to dance without limitations. She feels it’s important that ballet should be supportive and inclusive so that anyone can flourish through their art rather than despite their art. It was incredible to hear from someone who wants to change the environment of their art for the better. This really inspired me to think about the difference we can make as students if we ask ourselves what we have to offer in our communities and how we can use our skills to better our crafts and our industries. 

Alyssa took us on a tour of the dance space where you can see that there is a lot of love and thought put into her practice. She explained that they rent dance studio space from the community church. The studio is a step in creating the non-profit that she wants to lead for years to come. We learned that starting a non-profit doesn’t necessarily mean having all of the pieces put together right away -- it’s one step at a time, little by little.

Alyssa and one of her fellow teachers, Savannah, discussed the importance of the work the teachers do to plan and run their classes. Volunteer teachers donate their hours for a free class every Saturday and regular teachers are paid to make sure that they can live on their art. It’s an extremely collaborative process and the result is a community of dancers that work together to make sure everyone can enjoy dance no matter their financial situation or background.

It was a privilege to hear from Alyssa and her team about the amazing work they do at Rise Up School of Dance. Check out their mission and classes here

We hope you can join Arts Force on our next career trekAnd don't forget to RSVP for our annual networking event on Saturday, March 7th

Visit our website to find out how you can get involved! 

Author Sara Kenrick is an ArtsForce Emerging Leaders Intern and a Film Production major with a minor in Theatre.
ArtsForce is a student-led organization dedicated to helping students articulate the value of their arts degree.

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By Sara Kenrick 

ArtsForce is a student-led organization dedicated to helping students articulate the value of their arts degree. Recently we took art students to Salt Lake Acting Company and Radiant Film Studios so that they could meet art professionals in their workspaces. This Career Trek was a valuable way to learn more about the careers that students are pursuing and how to achieve their professional goals.  

When talking to the wonderful people of Salt Lake Acting Company we received some helpful advice. Cynthia Flemming advised us not to fear opportunity, she said, “...if you are “saying ‘no’ because you are afraid of it that is when you have to say ‘yes’.'' Students asked thoughtful questions and learned about how making connections, gaining experience and working hard can lead to unexpected opportunities. 

Jessica Argyle and her teammates at Radiant Studios gave us a tour of their amazing workspace. We learned about their hiring process and what makes a good employee or intern. We also got a sneak peek of some of their unreleased work and spoke with some U of U alumni who are interning with Radiant. We learned about what it takes to create a successful company and team. 
trek3From L to R: Carly Taylor, Laurie Larson, Jameson Williams, Megan Burnett, Leanne Hodges, Emily Gardner, Celina Crane, Kira Sincock, Sara Kenrick
Finally, we gathered at the Rose Establishment to discuss our takeaways. It was a lovely way for us to receive feedback and for students to trade notes and reflect on their experiences. Film Production major Emily Gardner shared this, “Networking can involve just participating and being actively interested in other people and/or businesses. Get involved because you never know what will come of it.” We loved being able to get to know these students and learning more about them and what will help them achieve their goals. 

ArtsForce will be hosting two more Career Treks this coming Spring semester. We will be visiting Rise Up School of Dance and the Utah Symphony Opera. If you are interested, join ArtsForce here

Author Sara Kenrick is a Film Production major in her junior year at the CFA. 

Published in Finer Points Blog