Professional development in the arts doesn’t always follow a traditional path. While formal education, professional affiliations and conferences are valuable, there are numerous unconventional ways to grow as an artist or arts administrator. Check out these unconventional routes can be just as enriching as the traditional ones and add yours in the comments!
💃 Exploring Local Opportunities:
Local arts and culture organizations often offer free or low-cost resources that can significantly contribute to your professional development. Here’s how you can make the most of them:
Attend Open Workshops: Many arts organizations host open workshops, where you can learn new skills or techniques without breaking the bank.
Volunteer for Events or in the office: Volunteering at art exhibitions, music festivals, or theater productions allows you to observe and learn from professionals in your field. It’s also an excellent networking opportunity.
Join or Start Art Clubs or Collectives: Local art clubs or collectives often organize group exhibitions and collaborative projects. Joining one can help you showcase your work and receive feedback from peers. Or, start your own!
🌐 Explore Online Resources:
In today’s digital age, there’s a wealth of information and opportunities available online. Take advantage of these:
Webinars and Online Courses: Many national arts organizations, museums, and universities offer free or low-cost webinars and online courses. These are excellent for learning about art history, arts administration, and various creative practices. Check out the Smithsonian Online Learning Lab, Americans for the Arts U or Fractured Atlas’ Knowledge Base for example.
Virtual Mentorship: Reach out to professionals whose work you admire. Send them a respectful email or direct message on social media to express your interest. They may be willing to share their experiences and insights with you. Virtual networking also takes place online with organizations such as Creative Mornings and EventBrite.
Don’t limit your growth to tradition. Embrace these unconventional ways for artistic excellence! 🌟👩🎨🚀 What ways have you grown unconventionally?