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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
swilensk@stanford.edu
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Upcoming Events

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Masako Miyazaki

Career Coaching for Artists w/ Masako Miyazaki

Masako will lead students through the skills necessary to engage opportunities that sustain and nourish a career in the arts. Topics will include creating an online presence, networking, generating contracts for commissions, applying for artist residencies, and navigating graduate education in the arts. Masako Miyazaki's work ranges from sculpture and printmaking to film and animation. She most recently finished her MFA degree from Stanford University. She is now a selected charter tenant of the Studio Program at the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, California.

Part 1, "Online Presence and Networking": Friday April 17, 2pm (Pacific) via Zoom (RSVP for Zoom link)

Part 2: April 2020

Presented by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA)

For more information contact Evelyn Anderson

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Past Events

2019-20

In Conversation: Pathways in Classical and Contemporary Music
February 2020
Join us for a conversation with Visiting Artist Tarik O'Regan and Stanford alumni Giuliano Kornberg (Chief Development Officer at Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera), and Stephanie Fischer (composer, vocalist and current Stanford staff) to learn about pathways in classical and contemporary music.

Creative Opportunities Fair
January 2020
Join BEAM for an opportunity to meet employers across the arts, entertainment, and other creative industries. Presented by BEAM.

Resumes for Artists, Arts Administrators, and Artist-Administrators
January 2020
Learn how to craft a resume for a variety of career pathways in the arts.

Workshop with DJ Lynnée Denise
January 2020
Hands-on opportunities to DJ with access to controls and turntables. Open decks will be hosted where mixing, blending and critical listening practices will be sharpened. Equipment will be provided, no experience necessary. Presented by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA).

Building Your Arts Community Beyond The Farm
November 2019
Join us for a panel featuring IDA alumni fellows artists Rosewater Vigilante (Miranda Shepherd) and Tyler EAGLEBABEL Brooks, and Erina Alejo as they immerse in dialogue on life beyond university as independent artists and community-engaged scholars.

Behind the Scenes with Debra Martin Chase, producer of HARRIET
November 2019
Join us for a conversation with Debra Martin Chase, producer of the new film Harriet.

Art + Tech = teamLab 2019
October 2019
Join members of teamLab to learn about their work and the opportunities available for emerging artists.

Mark Fuller
October 2019
Meet visionary and Stanford alum, Mark Fuller of WET Design, behind the world's most famous water features.

2018-19

Professionalizing Your Practice
April 2019
Join artists Kevin B. Chen and Erika Chong Shuch for a two session workshop on professional development for artists. During the workshop, students will develop tools to apply for grants, prepare for residencies, and excel in internships. Students will work collaboratively to write and edit artist statements, create promotional material, and discuss best practices in networking while staying true to their work and themselves. Workshop is open to all majors.

Behind the scenes gallery tour with JR
February 2019
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.

Carlton Cuse
February 2019
Meet Carlton Cuse, an Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe winning television creator, writer and showrunner and ask him all about the biz. His credits include Lost, Bates Motel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and the upcoming show Locke & Key for Netflix.

Experiments in Blockchain with artists Eve Sussman, Simon Lee and Snark.art CEO and Co-founder, Andrey Alekhin
November 2018
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.

Art + Tech = teamLab 2018
November 2018
Join members of teamLab to learn about their work and the opportunities available for emerging artists.

2017-18

Creative Connections 2018
January 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!

Art + Tech = teamLab 2017
November 2017
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.

2016-17

Short-term Internship, Long-term Goals: Stacy-Marie Ishmael
May 2017
Heard "Stacy's Career Corner" on the BuzzFeed podcast Another Round? Get more of that great advice during a lunchtime Q&A!

Fashioning Your Future: Barbara Tflank and Mark Leibowitz
May 2017
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.

Shake Up Your Career: Scott Kaiser
May 2017
A lunchtime Q&A with Scott Kaiser, Director of Company Development at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Acting the Part: Chelsey Crisp
April 2017
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.

Running the Show: Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller
April 2017
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.

Creative Connections 2017
February 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!

Publishing like a Pro with Yaa Gyasi
October 2016
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.

Podcasting like a Pro with Microphone Check
October 2016
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.

2015-16

Anne Pasternak
May 2016
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

Amy Potozkin
April 2016
Director of Casting/Artistic Associate with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Activating Engagement in the Arts
April 2016
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)