The Art of Managing Your Career over 13 years…
First a competency chart and printed guide developed by an Expert Working Group of self-employed artists from across the country and across the sector; then a PDF version online; then 5 online courses; then a high school curriculum – enhanced over the years by high school and post-secondary Teacher's Guides, and 8 discipline specific chapters - The Art of Managing Your Career is transforming yet again, to meet the needs of Aboriginal artists across the country, and Inuit artists in Nunavut
The Art of Managing Your Career for Aboriginal Artists
In the January e-newsletter we announced the creation of an A-Team of senior Aboriginal artists from across the country who form the Steering Committee (SC) guiding the creation of an Aboriginal version of The Art of Managing Your Career. The SC has met twice by conference call to help define the broad brush strokes of this important training tool for Aboriginal artists. One of the key elements that has surfaced in these early days is the fundamental importance of setting as a backdrop to the workshop a piece on Protocols and Values, which are integral to Aboriginal art and artists.
The SC will meet in person in late March. Protocols and Values will be on the agenda. And so will how we deal with the TAMYC discipline enhancements – mirror images of the current documents? adaptations? rewrites? or something quite different? It's a very exciting project – and we have the best minds around the table to advise us on it.
The Art of Managing Your Career for Nunavut Artists
Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) principles
From its start in 1999, our government has been guided by Inuit societal values. We continue to be guided by these principles as we address our challenges and step forward together towards a brighter future:
- Inuuqatigiitsiarniq: Respecting others, relationships and caring for people.
- Tunnganarniq: Fostering good spirits by being open, welcoming and inclusive.
- Pijitsirniq: Serving and providing for family and/or community.
- Aajiiqatigiinniq: Decision making through discussion and consensus.
- Pilimmaksarniq/Pijariuqsarniq: Development of skills through observation, mentoring, practice, and effort.
- Piliriqatigiinniq/Ikajuqtigiinniq: Working together for a common cause.
- Qanuqtuurniq: Being innovative and resourceful.
- Avatittinnik Kamatsiarniq: Respect and care for the land, animals and the environment.
On a parallel track, CHRC is working with the Nunavut government to develop a workshop based on The Art of Managing Your Career for Inuit artists in Nunavut – visual artists, crafts people, performing artists (dancers, actors, musicians), and filmmakers.
This project is being funded by CanNor – it is described this way:
"The 2014 Needs Assessment of Nunavut's arts and crafts sector identified the critical need for career management training among Nunavut artists and art industry workers (Nordicity, 2014). Effectively managing the business aspect of art has been a challenge for artists in Nunavut (and, of course, for artists everywhere), who often see their production of art as separate and even in conflict with the wage economy (Atiigo, 2012). However, Nunavut artists have also voiced an interest and need for capacity building in career management."
The stage is set for The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC)
CHRC is delighted to be working again with consultant Sibyl Frei, who wrote the 16-part Post Secondary Teacher's Guide for TAMYC, to develop a TAMYC workshop focused on Nunavut artists – visual artists, craftspeople, performing artists and filmmakers. The work is underway in a very tight timeframe, but the excellent TAMYC material, and Sibyl's indepth knowledge of the guide, her expertise as a writer and adult educator, and her empathy for the north (having spent several years in that part of the country) make it possible.
CHRC is also very pleased to be working with highly respected Inuit artists as Expert Advisors to guide and review the writing.
And, emerging now as no surprise, a piece on Inuit values will frame the work, found in Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) principles.
The TAMYC projects are running in parallel – they are complementary.
CHRC – A National Voice for Culture
CHRC continues to fill its role as a national voice on HR issues, including education and training, in the cultural sector….
"The place to be to discuss hot topics in career counselling and career development, learn from key career theorists, and challenge your current thinking…."
The opportunity to speak at Cannexus 15 – a national career development conference at Ottawa's Convention Centre in January – was intriguing. It wasn't a typical "arts" audience – but it was no surprise that the educators and career counsellors who filled the room were keenly interested in career paths and pitfalls in the cultural sector. They were there for their students, their clients – and yes, the artists in their families! What are the realities of employment and self-employment as an artist or cultural worker?
This is familiar territory for CHRC which over the years has developed tools and resources to support artists and cultural workers in their chosen careers. Careers in Culture LINK is a unique offering: an engaging and highly informative series of online mini sites and books on career paths in the cultural subsectors and as a cultural manager.
And of course the classic: The Art of Managing Your Career and discipline enhancements, with Teacher's Guides at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. This garnered the most attention as it addressed the panel topic:
"Self-employment and entrepreneurship in the cultural sector: From live performing arts; to visual arts and crafts; to the cultural industries; to heritage, there are more than 700,000 jobs in the cultural sector. Self-employment and entrepreneurship are part of the sector's DNA. While artists and cultural workers are highly educated and have well-honed artistic skills, they often lack business skills. Learn how to help your clients navigate and find success in the sector."
Also on the panel was Monika Majewski from YES Montreal - a wonderful resource that provides career coaching and professional development to artists and cultural workers in the Montreal region. A resource that's worth replicating in other municipalities across the country.
Canadian Network for Arts and Learning (CNAL)
CHRC has been a big supporter of arts in education and education in the arts initiatives over many years, and a collaborator with such stellar organizations as the Canadian Music Educators Association, Learning Through the Arts, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, ArtsSmarts, the National Roundtable on Teacher Education in the Arts. The CNAL conference at the Royal Conservatory of Music was a highlight of much of the work and research in this area – and a beacon going forward.
Ben Hepner, MC
Hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning and The Royal Conservatory of Music, this year's CNAL conference celebrated the 20th anniversary of Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) [– a true Canadian arts and education success story..]
Photo © V. Tony Hauser
The day-long program, MC'd by the wonderful Ben Heppner (who didn't sing), featured dynamic speakers and presenters from the arts, business, marketing, academic and media worlds, as well as an array of live performances. Mary Walsh delivered a lively opening address – spiked with laughter and wit as you would expect, and delivered with passion, speaking to the intrinsic importance of the arts to society and lamenting Canada's weak support for its artists. The conference was topped off with a Gala Tribute dinner to recognize the outstanding contribution of Peter Herrndorf O.C., President and CEO of the National Arts Centre, for his exceptional work to support the arts and arts education across many initiatives.
The Important Role of Arts Consultants….
CHRC has long recognized the key role played by Arts Consultants: those experienced, trained, understanding, wise professionals who are hired by organizations, associations, governments and individuals to undertake research, write reports, conduct surveys, and tackle a vast array of projects in the cultural sector. We all know how important it is to be working with people who "get it" – who truly understand and respect the nuances and differences of working in and with the cultural sector.
CHRC's CultureConsultant.ca database, which we inherited from the Association of Cultural Executives (ACE) when it closed its doors, has been our contribution to supporting those key professionals in our sector.
However, as we recently explained to CultureConsultant.ca consultants, on review of the current cultural landscape which includes another database for cultural consultants – Arts Consultants Canada/Consultants canadiens en arts (ACCA) – we concluded that it makes sense for both consultants and the sector to have a single place to go for information on consultants specializing in the arts and culture.
All this to say that closing CultureConsultants.ca is not a sign of lack of support for these professionals, so important to all of us – it is a consolidation.
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