Careers in Culture – Careers in Cultural Management

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“I am in the enviable position of combining almost all of my personal passions and professional skills in one great job. I work on a wide range of fine craft activities and projects – exhibitions, marketing ventures, web sites, publications, business training, export development, government advocacy, events – all focused on career development for professional and emerging craft artists. Like most cultural professionals, I could probably make more money doing something else but I do what I do by choice. I am motivated by the creativity of the people I work with and for, and challenged by generating fame and fortune for them.”
-Tom McFall, Executive Director, Alberta Craft Council

Whether you are the sole staff person in a cultural organization or part of an administrative team, you will be called upon to contribute to the many essential tasks and activities that make an organization healthy and successful. Indeed, the management and administrative tasks involved in running arts and heritage organizations are diverse and require creative solutions. The broad task areas are listed below.

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But don’t think that you need to be able to do all of these things to begin a career in arts and heritage management. Many of the people profiled on these web pages have brought some skills to the job and learned many more over years in the cultural sector. In fact, being able and encouraged to bring your own experience into cultural management – including your culture and heritage, and artistic passion – is one of the exciting drawing cards in this field. You can be sure you will not be bored!