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Arts management students create a roadmap for the future

This UTSC arts management class developed a guide for young people who want a career in the arts

The arts will continue to thrive in Canada if the graduating class in arts management at UTSC has anything to say about it.

Not only are they preparing to join the workforce to serve arts organizations; they are lending a helping hand to high school students with similar interests by creating and producing a career guide, READY: Resources for Emerging Arts-Driven Youth, that showcases the arts as a legitimate and exciting career option.

READY grew out of the arts management senior seminar class that requires the students to create a project to synthesize the skills they have learned in the program. The guide was officially launched May 2 at the Dare to Create Conference at Cedar Ridge Centre in Scarborough as part of National Youth Arts Week. It's available in PDF form on the websites of Cultural Hotspot, a new City of Toronto arts initiative and Work in Culture, though the class held a soft launch and celebration in late March at Hart House.

Many of the students in the program had an interest in the arts during high school, but didn’t know where to turn for guidance, said Lesley Bramhill, one of the graduating students and the marketing co-ordinator for READY.

“The arts have been cut out of a lot of high school programs, so we thought we could help youth realize the potential of what they can do in the arts in Toronto,” Bramhill said.”We wanted them to know that there are more jobs than working as artists. There are lots of options: production co-ordinators, project managers and designers, for example.”

READY contains interviews with current arts workers who discuss their career paths, and it offers a selection of arts blogs to follow. It also lists organizations that offer volunteer or internship opportunities and provides a list of arts professionals willing to chat with students about careers in the arts.

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