Narrowing Niches (An Arts Management Ramble)


Hey, kiddies! This has become a long-delayed post, but I decided to buckle down and finish editing this before week’s end. It’s bleak winter (and hopefully the last few days of it), so I thought some of these old photos from last spring would help to brighten up the days a bit! ☺ I’ve been on Reading Week for the past few days, and have spent it well thus far, including going to TIFF’s Battle of the Bands on Friday night – a nice way to celebrate acing a finance test just that morning! ♔ Anyways, I digress.


Since my last post, I’ve been trying to narrow down and define what it is that I want to do professionally. Even though “most people don’t know what they actually want to do until they’re 25”, I figured it would be nice to delve into at least one particular area – an area that I’m genuinely interested in and something I could potentially be good at.


When I first discovered ‘arts management’, I wasn’t 100% sure what it was and what it covered (actually, I’m still not 100% sure); but I remember finding it intriguing because it was then that I then realized the arts world had a business side. Up to now, what is included in arts management is still kind of a gray area to me. Most of the people I’ve met thus far are dancers, performers, musicians, artists, and select few historians. Tending to enjoy all of the listed without a particular bias for a singular one, I’ve been having a hard time focusing on one aspect and setting specific goals. After a recent class project, though, I’ve become extremely interested in the sector of tourism and culture.


Tourism and culture pretty much includes all those things (great performance venues, fun family attractions, and even commercial businesses) that make being human great; and seems to be focused on the general preservation and promotion of a nation/heritage. As someone who loves to travel, I’ve visited almost every place that is listed in a tourist’s guide book – but there are so many other great places that haven’t been mentioned in ‘the big books’. It would be great it I could somehow help promote these ‘overlooked’ places, or even work for top-level organizations in international relations. I’d potentially be able to use my economics knowledge from my degree, and be able to implement my language-learning skills.

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If upon further research I discover that this is an area I’d like to delve into, I figure a “top” goal for me would be to help promote Taiwanese heritage and culture in the West. We all hear about Italy’s biennials, France’s Louvre, and China’s Forbidden City; but does anyone have on the top of their destination list: the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Kenting National Park, or the white sand beaches of Southern Taiwan? There might be a bit (okay, or a lot) of awkward political situations, but that shouldn’t stop the world from being able to see what this beautiful, comfortable island has to offer: vivacious life, energy, and vibrant culture (and potential international growth).


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