AIMO – Art is My Occupation

Providing you with the knowledge, skills and networks you need to succeed in arts careers.

Art is My Occupation (AiMO) is an interdepartmental professional development program led by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts in collaboration with BEAM, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Cantor Art Center, The Anderson Collection and the Departments of Art & Art History, Music and Theater & Performance Studies.

AiMO offers workshops, Q&A's, networking opportunities and more for students interested in the arts throughout the academic year. Sign up for our mailing list or check back for upcoming opportunities.

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Courses

The Changing World of Popular Music

ARTSINST 150/MUSIC 150P

Spring Quarter | 2 units

The majority of the course focuses on the industry as it works today and on forces that are causing it to change rapidly. The course features guest artists and executives with current experience in the field, as well as project-based assignments designed to give students hands-on experience.

Project Illuminate: Creative Careers

Winter Quarter

The majority of the course focuses on the industry as it works today and on forces that are causing it to change rapidly. The course features guest artists and executives with current experience in the field, as well as project-based assignments designed to give students hands-on experience.

Arts in Context: The Process of Cultural Production

ARTSINST 50/MUSIC 50/TAPS 50

Fall Quarter | 1-2 units

This course will provide students with the foundational skills necessary to produce programs on campus and/or work in the arts. Every session is open for drop-in attendance, or students may take the entire series for credit.

Past Events

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Creative Connections 2018

Come for a networking workshop then stay for a mixer with arts organizations offering internships or entry-level opportunities. Learn how to connect with arts professionals and then practice with representatives from film, theater, museums, music, and more!

Monday, January 29, 2018
6:00-8:00pm
BEAM

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ARTS INSIDERS: Short-term Internship, Long-term Goals

Heard "Stacy's Career Corner" on the BuzzFeed podcast Another Round? Get more of that great advice during a lunchtime Q&A!

Thursday, May 25th 2017 
12:30am - 1:30pm
Roble Arts Gym

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ARTS INSIDERS: Fashioning Your Future

Join us for a student-led conversation about working in the fashion industry with Stanford alumni with fashion designer Barbara Tfank and photographer Mark Leibowitz.

The Q&A will be followed by hands-on workshops led by Barbara and Mark.

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ARTS INSIDERS: Shake Up Your Career

A lunchtime Q&A with Scott Kaiser, Director of Company Development at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Wednesday, May 10 2017 
12:00 - 1:00pm
Green Room, Memorial Auditorium

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MATTHEW ISRAEL: On Being Artsy

A lunchtime Q&A with Matthew Israel, author of The Big Picture, Curator at Large, Artsy; Director of Artsy OnSite; Advisor to Artsy Learning; Director Emeritus, The Art Genome Project.

Thursday, April 20 2017 
11:30am - 1:00pm
Roble Arts Gym

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ARTS INSIDERS: Acting the Part

Join us for a conversation with actress, writer and producer Chelsey Crisp (Fresh Off The Boat, In-Lawfully Yours) on how to make that transition from drama nerd to working actor.

Monday, April 17
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Roble Arts Gym

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ARTS INSIDERS: Anne Pasternak

What does it take to run a museum? How do emerging artists get discovered? Find out at a Q&A with Anne Pasternak, Director of the Brooklyn Museum

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Resource Room, Anderson Collection

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ARTS INSIDERS: Running the Show

Join us for a student-led lunchtime Q&A with Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller, co executive producers of The Office, The Mindy Project and Superstore. They will talk about their career paths and life on the small screen.

Tuesday, April 26 2017 
12:30 - 1:30pm
Roble Arts Gym

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Creative Connections 2017

Come for a networking workshop then stay for a mixer with arts organizations offering internships or entry-level opportunities. Learn how to connect with arts professionals and then practice with representatives from film, theater, museums, music, and more!

Monday, February 6, 2017
6:00-8:00pm
BEAM

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ARTS INSIDERS: Publishing like a Pro with Yaa Gyasi

Come hear Stanford alum Yaa Gyasi share the industry insights she’s gained from her time at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and on the New York Times bestseller list for her debut novel, Homegoing.

October 12, 2016
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Harmony House

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ARTS INSIDERS: Podcasting like a Pro with Microphone Check

Join Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley as they discuss what it took to run the hip-hop music and culture podcast that brought in NPR's youngest audience and how they're relaunching Microphone Check independently.

October 27, 2016
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Roble Arts Gym

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ARTS INSIDERS: Art + Tech = teamLab

Join us for a conversation with teamLab co-Founder Daisuke Sakai, and learn about the job and internship opportunities available with the Tokyo-based artist collective.

Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 2017
4:00-5:30pm
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ARTS INSIDERS: Amy Potozkin

Director of Casting/Artistic Associate with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Green Room, Memorial Auditorium

Co-sponsored by TAPS

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Activating Engagement in the Arts

Join us for a panel discussion with Bay Area artists and arts professionals about their work engaging and cultivating diverse audiences. Featuring: Brett Cook (visual artist and educator), Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez (Executive Director of MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), Julie Phelps (Artistic Director of CounterPulse), and Janice Ross (TAPS professor, Faculty Director of ITALIC, Founder of Dance in Prisons Project). Moderated by Aimee Shapiro (Director of Engagement, Anderson Collection)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Anderson Collection Resource Room