The YPA Weekly Round-Up
Articles, events, and opportunities for arts professionals prioritizing professional development, social and cultural issues, and resources within the field.
This weather is certainly having us crave far-flung beaches and sunshine. But we shall not be discouraged. Bad weather just means we’re not feeling guilty for staying in and working on our careers, catching up on shows, and reading. We’ve got plenty for the latter in our READ section and have especially been enjoying the Emerging Arts Leaders Blog Salon by Americans for the Arts. If you do want to brave the rain these days, we have plenty of exciting events to GO to. And make sure that you save the date for our June 18 event “Job Hunting in the Arts” at Sotheby’s. Lastly APPLY for exciting opportunities we have for you by YPA members, NYFA, and more.
The first week of May has come and gone and with that, the annual wave of Frieze-related art fairs and activities. We hope you survived! This week we are focusing on improvement and starting with how to advocate for the arts and humanities-check out READ for that and more. For GO, head to the NY Historical Society for a vital #metoo oriented conversation on how museums and institutions can support women and their stories. APPLY has professional development opportunties for those in the dance community and Harlem, plus the usual job round-up. Another week, another chance to do just a little bit better. Onwards!
Some days we need little reminders about the power of the arts. This week we’ve been pouring over two reports that have provided that kind of reminding; one by Springboard for the Arts and the other by the British Council. Both beautifully capturing the importance of the arts and culture in reconciliation, community, and building resilience. They’re certainly worth a READ. We’re also hoping to see you at this week’s YPA tour of The Other Art Fair (free!) or we hope you enjoy some of the other events under GO. And APPLY features some great opportunities for young professionals like you. Here’s to a successful week for all!
Spring clean all areas of your life and start with your career! From hiring tips to creating inclusion and learning how to disagree—our READ section is full of wisdom to start anew. If the image of Notre Dame ablaze is still hanging over you, head over to The Met for an informal program on the great cathedral in GO and for APPLY, be sure to check out the Play Company’s Arts Administration Fellowship.
Finally, Gala season is upon us and because often arts galas and affordability do not go hand in hand—we’ve created a round-up of springtime benefit’s just for emerging arts professionals and highlighted the pros and cons of splurging on a ticket. Read our new article, Springtime Gala Season on a Budget.
While preparing this Arts Weekly, we actually laughed out loud at the brilliant TED Talk by Shawn Achor (see below). Not only did it cause a profound re-thinking around the concepts of happiness and success, but it also made us grateful that we work in an industry where it’s easy to find passion and joy through our love of arts. No matter how difficult our industry can be. Another Read this week is looking at how we need to re-think arts management courses and what curriculum changes should happen. Go to a mix of career development, earth day celebrations, and Dante readings this week. And lastly, Apply this time features two great professional development opportunities. Here we go, another week and another chance to find the happy secret to better work!
The only thing we love more than this past glorious spring weekend are all the messages of support and guidance from today’s Arts Weekly. From the-not-surprising but still gratifying to hear statistic released by a new NEA report that says arts-based economic development has been shown to be responsible for more than 600,000 jobs and $67.5 billion in economic activity in rural communities to pros and CEOs dishing weekend tips for mastering a strong work week, our Reads section will give you fuel to stay motivated and centered. Get ready for Earth Day with Women of Culture’s conversation on art and the environment in Go, plus opportunities for museum educators, registrars, and more in Apply. Now off to a new week of getting after your goals and promise us, you’ll take a lunch outside if possible!
Do you know that feeling of suddenly seeing something clearly? While collecting articles for this week’s round-up, we suddenly saw a clear theme emerge: the work-life balance. Or as we like to call it, the life balance. READ more about how to make room in your work life for you in an HBR article, and why procrastination has nothing to do time management or self-control. Not sure how we felt about procrastinating going forward, but at least we now know why we do it! In GO, we have exciting panels, talks, and conversations for you and the ever-popular Target First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum. And as always, if you’re out for a new challenge, our APPLY section is where it’s at. Off we go into a new week, YPAers!
FINALLY! Arts Administrators are getting the appreciation and recognition they deserve -READ all about the new Berresford Prize which awards those in the fields whose jobs support artists and more. In GO, LMHQ’s acclaimed breakfast series continues to keep us coming back! This month’s conversation is on a topic that is not nearly discussed enough- emotions in the workplace! Snag your ticket now, and if your week is looking too packed, check out the webinars we have listed as well. Our APPLY section offers a variety from around the field and within our community. Onwards, into the Springtime!
We’re fighting the good fight this week, acknowledging how hard arts careers can be and why we’re still working towards being arts professionals while finding ways to work around questions such as “What is your current salary” in the READ section. Under GO we’re excited to meet the new NYPhil music director Jaap van Zweden, and learning how to apply for grants and residencies. And as always, we have plenty of opportunities for you to APPLY for as well.
Post-art fair week, we hope you are feeling more inspired than depressed. But if you are in need of some uplifting news, check out our READ section where according to a new NEA study we learn just how much the arts contributes to our country’s economy (more than agriculture, transportation, or warehousing!!) In GO, Woman’s Month is coming in strong with panels, conferences, and Art+Feminism Edit-A-Thons! In APPLY, become a DEI Fellow with AAM, plus jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Onwards!