As an audience member at dance, music, or theater events, you've probably enjoyed watching others shine in the limelight. If you've ever performed onstage or seen your artistic efforts displayed in a newsletter or website (or even posted in the school hallway), you know the thrill of putting your best creative foot forward.
But for every artistic event, much of the work remains hidden. Arts administrators work behind the scenes to make sure artists keep creating and the public keeps appreciating art of every kind.
Arts administrators run arts programs that cover the gamut -- from finger-painting to photography; from ballet to belly dance; and from hip-hop to opera.
The term arts administrator covers various job titles such as director of development, chief financial officer, and arts education manager.
Someone with a passion for business as well as art. You'll thrive if you enjoy teamwork and communication. You'll need excellent organizational and time management skills. Arts administrators enjoy setting and working toward goals -- but can deal flexibly with the unexpected events that are part of any creative activity.
At small organizations, arts administrators often juggle several tasks -- for example, office management, fundraising, and public relations. At larger organizations, jobs are usually more specialized.