Making It In The Arts

Making it in the Arts Making It In The Arts (MIITA) series, is an informational and networking initiative to connect current St. Olaf students—as well as alumni—with prominent graduates working in the field of arts management.

 MIITA will consist of four relevant themes, each consisting of a facilitated conversation and networking reception on engaging topics that arts-oriented students might face during their careers.

Prominent alumni and friends of the college working in arts management, will be invited to campus to share their experience in a facilitated conversation, Q & A with the audience, followed by a  short reception where there will be opportunities for students to talk with the invited guests and other alumni present.  Guests will also be invited to give a guest lecture in the arts management class, which will be open to all students on campus.

Making it in the Arts is a collaboration between the Piper Center for Vocation and Career, Fine Arts Departments, and Arts Management Faculty.

Registration is not required but strongly encouraged. Register in Handshake by following the links below.


2019-2020 Series

Art and Education in an Age of Crisis: Making an Impact, Testing the Boundaries

Tuesday, September 25th, 2019 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Viking Theater
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We begin our 2019-2020 Making It In the Arts (MIITA) Series with a conversation considering the role of the arts in education, and the unique challenges that face the field today. While the arts perennially occupy a precarious position within schools and colleges, ever-tightening funding and an evolving political landscape have made for unique challenges and burdens on arts educators today. As previous models of arts-based pedagogy are being challenged – and new opportunities arising – we bring together professionals to discuss the evolving landscape that will greet graduates looking to enter the field. What pathways exist to participate in arts education beyond getting a teaching license? What are the unique needs of young people today, and how might the arts hold special promise in fulfilling them? What barriers exist to entering the education field, and what constraints control how the arts can be integrated into schools? And how do dedicated educators work with and around these constraints to address the pressing needs of communities in which they work?

Building a Season, Building a Scene, Building an Identity: Being Part of a City’s Creative Landscape

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Haugen Theater (Theater Building – Rear Entrance)
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Governing Creativity: Building and Negotiating an Artistic Vision for the 21st Century

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Center for Art and Dance, Groot Art Gallery
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All Art Is Local: Connecting Civic Engagement with Public Arts Initiatives

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Center for Art and Dance, Dance Studio (Shoes will need to be removed.)
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