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Arts administrators play an important part in the development of new projects, making arrangements for tours and events as well as taking on marketing and planning responsibilities. They are employed in any organization that has responsibility for organizing, planning and delivering artistic or cultural events. There are many government-funded initiatives and local partnerships which employ administrators on various short and longer-term contracts. Many of these projects focus on development of arts activity in both urban and rural communities with a view to stimulating local economic development, addressing social inclusion and ultimately building stronger communities. (U.K. Prospects)
This Arts Administrator profile includes information about managers, directors, executives and other administrative officers working in theatres, galleries, museums, and other arts and culture organizations.
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- So, what is Arts Administration? - from the AAAE
- A Day in the Life of a Performing Arts Administrator - The Princeton Review
- Arts Administrator job profile - from U.K. Prospects
- Careers in Culture - from the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC)
- Article: The art of evolution - profile on an Art Executive from Financial Post
- Cultural Managers - Chart of Competencies - CHRC
- Concert Hall Manager profile - from CareersInMusic.com
- Interview with the Deputy Director and COO of Cleveland Public Library - JobShadow.com
- Podcast Interview: Career Trajectory of an Arts Administrator - Work in Culture podcast episode 001
- Discover your Future in Film and Theatre (see Arts 2021 Information sessions) - University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba does not offer specific training in Arts Administration. However, degree programs offered at the U of M may provide an educational foundation for positions in this field and for graduate programs offered at other schools.
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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Exploring Other Education Options
- Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) - international programs directory
- Search Education Directories
Information for foreign-trained professionals - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Art Museum Director Salary Survey (U.S.) - from AAMD
- 2017 National Compensation Study for Cultural Not-for-profit Managerial and Administrative Positions - Canada's Cultural HR Council
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Arts Consultants Canada
- Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD)
- International Association of Venue Managers
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Creative Manitoba
- Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
- Orchestras Canada - members
- Canadian Association for the Performing Arts - members list
- Association of Manitoba Museums - list of museums
- Canadian Museum Directory - Canadian Museums Association
- Association of Children's Museums - directory (international)
- Canadian Heritage Information Network - Government of Canada
- Arts Dealers Association of America (U.S.) - gallery directory
- Theatre Communications Group (U.S.) - member theatres
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- Career exploration in Arts Administration - from the National Arts Centre
- Arts Management Network
- Article: How arts-minded students are finding niche careers in Toronto culture - NOWmagazine
- Article: Top podcasts for Arts Administrators - Ontario Performing Arts Presenting Network
- Manitoba Arts Network
- Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts
- Winnipeg Art Council
- Canadian Council for the Arts
- Cultural Human Resources Council
- Canadian Conference of the Arts
- Manitoba Film & Music
- Manitoba Arts Council
- International Journal of Arts Management