Narrowing Niches (An Arts Management Ramble)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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