Did you know that 87% of arts alumni are satisfied with their current job?
So says the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP).
Here are some other stats from the same source:
70% of all arts alumni (and 60% of undergraduate arts alumni) work within the arts
76% of arts alumni have been self-employed at some point in their life
83% of arts alumni who are currently professional artists and 61% who are not currently professional artists make or perform art in their personal time
and our personal favorite:
only 3% of arts alumni currently work in food services
In this age of cumbersome student debt and a rocky job market, one might question the use of an arts degree. So, SNAAP collected data from arts alumni from across the country to see where an arts degree gets you (see their results here).
At the University of Utah, the College of Fine Arts has organized ArtsForce 2013, a two-day conference for current College of Fine Arts undergraduate students to address some of the same questions. Students will attend events and workshops that prepare them to understand and articulate the transferrable skills they are developing. Students will also have an opportunity to network with arts alumni and members of various local arts organizations. Students will take away from the conference tools that will undoubtedly ease the transition from college into the modern workforce.
The public is invited to attend the Keynote Address by Steven J. Tepper,PhD, Friday, November 1, 5:30-6:30PM in the U’s David Gardner Hall. Tepper, ssociate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, is a leading writer and speaker on US cultural policy and his work has fostered national discussions around topics of cultural engagement, everyday creativity and the transformative possibilities of a 21st century creative campus. His research and teaching focuses on creativity in education and work, conflict over art and culture, and cultural participation.
You can learn more about ArtsForce at http://artsforceutah.com.