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) 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.

AiMO Contact

Sabrina Wilensky
Manager of Grants and Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Upcoming Events

We want to hear your ideas for future AiMO events and workshops! You can submit as many ideas as you wish. Our team may reach out to you over the summer to discuss your proposal.

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Past Events


Behind the scenes gallery tour with JR

Meet French street artist and photographer, JR, while he installs his newest exhibition at Pace Gallery, The Chronicles of San Francisco – Sketches, which will include portraits, video installations, lightboxes, and etched glass works. 




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


Experiments in Blockchain

Q&A with artists Eve Sussman, Simon Lee and Snark.art CEO and Co-founder, Andrey Alekhin

Can the power of blockchain change the way art is made and collected?  Andrey of Snark.art, a blockchain laboratory, discuss with artists Eve Sussman and Simon Lee how they create new artworks on blockchain. 

Monday, November 28, 2018

12:00- 1:30pm

Roble Arts Gym, 375 Santa Teresa St, Stanford, CA 94305


Photo of Stacy-Marie Ishmael

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


LUNCH Q&A with teamLab

Join members of teamLab to learn about their work and the opportunities available for emerging artists. Sushi lunch will be provided.

Monday, November 5, 2018

12:00- 1:30pm

Roble Arts Gym, 375 Santa Teresa St, Stanford, CA 94305


ABOUT teamLab

teamLab (f. 2001) is an art collective, interdisciplinary group of ultratechnologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world. Various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects form teamLab.

teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art. Digital technology has allowed art to liberate itself from the physical and transcend boundaries. teamLab sees no boundary between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world; one is in the other and the other in one. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life.



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.


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



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


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

anne pasternak

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


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


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


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

Art is my Occupation, Q&A with Microphone Check co-hosts Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. 
Student interviewers junior Sojourner Ahébée, left, and senior Jess Spicer, right.

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

Pace Gallery teamLab Field Trip - Robert Shi IMG_0093 copy

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
d.school Studio 3

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


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