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CultureWork

A Periodic Broadside* for Arts and Culture Workers

July, 1997. Vol. 1, No. 2.
Institute for Community Arts Studies
Arts & Administration Program, University of Oregon

In this issue:

The Arts Management Employment Interview

by Deborah Snider

 When an interview is offered to a prospective arts manager, it is the ultimate forum in which to determine whether the organization and individual are well matched. If only we had thought to ask the key questions, perhaps we would not have accepted the position. Perhaps information could also have been uncovered that makes the position even more desirable to the interviewee.

Having directed three community art centers in three different states, with three completely diverse sets of circumstances, I have developed this list of questions below as a catalyst for thought when considering an arts management position.
 

QUESTIONS TO ASK AS YOU CONSIDER AN ARTS MANAGEMENT POSITION:

THE BOARD:

THE STAFF:

THE VOLUNTEERS:

FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

POLITICAL CLIMATE:

LOCAL SUPPORT/FLAVOR OF THE COMMUNITY:

HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION:

PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF THE ORGANIZATION:

WHAT PROBLEMS ARE THERE FOR THE ORGANIZATION?

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS:

PERSONAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS:

REALITIES OF THE FIELD:

Deborah Snider has been a high school art teacher, an arts administrator, a community builder, and a manager in the fields of higher education and corporate business. She is a practicing visual artist, and offers consulting services in creative visioning and problem solving to arts organizations. She is available at: Department of Art & Design, CN 209, Southern Utah University, 351 W. University Boulevard, Cedar City, UT 84720, 435.586.5425, deborahsnider@suu.edu [updated January 7, 2013].

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