Dream Job Dossier

When one thinks of reliable jobs that are going to sustain through a rocky economy, jobs in the arts do not typically come to mind. It is an interesting phenomenon to express a desire to work in the arts industry in a conversation and have people state their concern about the vitality and sustainability of that decision. The old stereotype of the ‘starving artist’ and the idea of the exclusivity related to employment in the arts industry has perpetuated the myth that the arts industry is both dying and unrealistic for a college graduate to break into. Despite these misconceptions, having a career in the arts industry has been my dream and my goal for years. Something that started out as a simple hobby has turned into the source of my inspiration and the bulk of my education. My dream job, you could say, is to work in a renowned visual arts center or a nonprofit organization specializing in arts advocacy.

Interestingly enough, in progressive cities, the arts are considered a necessary cornerstone to city planning and economic development. Various arts and cultural venues and activities have the power to draw in visitors from inside and outside of the community, adding to tourism incomes and an appealing destination factor. “Seventy-eight percent of all American leisure travelers (118 million adults) participate in cultural and/or heritage activities while traveling, contributing more than $192 billion annually to the U.S. economy.” (Nasaa-arts.org) Galleries and museums, big and small, also do their part to preserve rich cultural and local histories, making their presence in communities a vital part of protecting the past and assuring a future of representing culture.

Galleries and museums, big and small, also do their part to preserve rich cultural and local histories, making their presence in communities a vital part of protecting the past and assuring a future of representing culture. Artists do their duty to society by displaying aesthetic beauty, telling important stories through visual narrative, encouraging viewers to see the world through a different lens, and bolstering imagination. The mission of art museums to preserve art, educate the public, make art accessible, and showcase works is a worthy and noble cause.