Past ArtsForce Events

Business of Arts Symposium & Annual Networking Event

S17 Event Sqaures3March 4, 2017 
All of the arts professionals we’ve talked to have stressed the importance of learning basic business skills.We have put together a Saturday-intensive program which will highlight some of the most important information for you to consider.  Join us for a series of interactive workshops and learn about the resources available for you now to start planning for your future. The Business of Arts Symposium will be followed by the annual ArtsForce networking lunch. Come and connect and reconnect with leaders of local arts organizations and arts professionals. Creating a professional network is one of the most important things you can do while you are at the University.  

All Campus Career Fair

All Campus Career FairFebruary 2, 2017
University of Utah Career Services is hosting an All Campus Career Fair. For more information about preparing for job fairs, click here

Summer Job Fair

SummerJobFairJanuary 31, 2017 
University of Utah Career Services is hosting a Summer Job FairFor more information about preparing for job fairs, click here.

Working a Student Job and Career Fair Lunch

S17 Event SqauresJanuary 27, 2017
ArtsForce and Career Services are hosting a lunch workshop to help you to get ready for the upcoming Student Job and Career Fairs. Career Coach Eric Bloomquist will share best practices and answer your questions to help you to be successful.Attend this workshop, eat some lunch, and learn what strategies are useful for working either  upcoming fair.

Arts & Activism Social

S17 Event Sqaures2January 17, 2017
The Gardner Lecture will feature Guggenheim Fellow and Doris Duke Award recipient, Taylor Mac and acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones discussing their careers in the arts and why the arts are essential to social justice and activism.Immediately following The Gardner Lecture, ArtsForce will host a social where you can engage with other students and faculty about how the arts on campus can be used to promote social justice and activism. Come share your ideas, meet collaborators, and start making a difference. 

Creating a Professional Network Workshop

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November 4, 2016
Students often face the predicament of not knowing how to network effectively. In preparation for the networking event in the spring, join us in this interactive workshop where you will network with local arts professional and students both in and out of your department. You will build and practice your “Elevator Pitch” and learn to "work the room" to improve your networking skills. We will will joined by local arts professionals who use networking skills daily in their careers.

Interviewing Workshop

CareerAndProfDev LogoOctober 28, 2016
Practicing art is extremely important for artists in all areas. However, interviewing skills are just as necessary for artists. Join us in this interactive workshop where you will learn how to successfully interview through student-lead mock interviews. 

Resumes and Cover Letters Workshop

CareerAndProfDev LogoOctober 6, 2016
We know artist statements, portfolios, and demo reels are needed for artists’ success, however so are cover letters and resumes. This will be a hands-on workshop where you will get personal advice on both your cover letters and resumes.  Eric Bloomquist, the CFA career coach will be there, along with student leaders to help you with learning about putting your skills to paper. To get the best experience, bring your cover letters and resumes with you, or we will have sample resumes provided. 

2016 ArtsForce Kick-Off Luncheon

arts force kickoff squareSeptember 28, 2016
Arts Force Kick-Off will feature the 2016 College of Fine Art Distinguished Alumni. Join us to receive helpful advice about how to articulate the knowledge and skills you are learning in your degree from distinguished professionals working in areas across the arts.

Artists as Entrepreneurs

LassondeFebruary 25, 2016
ArtsForce partnered with the Lassonde Institute and Career Services to host a workshop about the importance of business and entrepreneurship skills for artists to craft a creative career.

ArtsForce 2016 Networking Luncheon

2016 Networking LunchFebruary 20, 2016
The Networking Luncheon was a culmination of all the workshops and events we hosted throughout the 2015-2016 school year. The event began with a panel of alumni who shared their stories about navigating the modern workforce and art world, and ended with an hour of active networking with individuals and organizations in the arts community from a broad array of fields. Students had the opportunity to network with leaders in the arts community and learn about internships and job opportunities throughout the region, making this luncheon and panel a valuable springboard for a career in the arts. 

Universes Discussion & Lunch

UniversesDecember 2, 2015
Universes discussion focused on the important role of the arts to highlight issues of social justice, equity and inclusion. UNIVERSES is a national/international ensemble company of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse poetry, theater, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros to create moving, challenging and entertaining theatrical works. Universes discussion focused on the important role of the arts to highlight issues of social justice, equity and inclusion. Lunch was co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity. 

ArtsForce & UtahPresents Discussion: Mercy Killers

MercyKillersNovember 4, 2015
Michael Milligan, creator of Mercy Killers, is a Juilliard-trained performer who has been acting and writing for almost two decades. He discussed how he has created opportunities to make art about societal issues and how he has translated these skills into a meaningful career. 

Creating a Personal Brand: Resume & Cover Letters for Artists

Personal BrandOctober 21, 2015
This was a panel discussion hosted by Eric Bloomquist of Career Services. 

ArtsForce 2015 Kick-Off Luncheon

2015 AF Kick off lunchSeptember 30, 2015
The ArtsForce Kick-Off Lunch featured the 2015 College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni from every department in the College of Fine Arts. Attendees gained insights from Distinguished Alumni through Q & A and brief synopsis of each of their careers.Blue Lemon catered lunch for students, professors, staff, and alumni who attended. 

ArtsForce and Kinsbury Hall Presents: Discussion with William Ferry, Company Manager of Mamma Mia!

Mamma MiaMarch 13, 2015
William Ferry discussed how his career path lead him from the University of Utah Department of Modern Dance to becoming company manager for one of America's favorite touring musicals.

ArtsForce and Kinsbury Hall Presents: Les Ballets Trockadero | Make-up Transformation & Discussion

TrockFebruary 24, 2015
Participants watched and listened as senior company member Chase Johnsey transformed with makeup from street look, to male, to ballerina. He discussed what it is to tour with th Trocks and the preparation it takes to tour with an unrelating schedule. See photos here.

2014 ArtsForce Conference

October 4, 20142014 Conf
CFA students networked with alumni and local arts organizations, built career management skills, and explored multiple career pathways. See photos here

2013 ArtsForce Conference

2013 ConfNovember 1 & 2, 2013
Artsforce 2013 was a two-day conference, designed to help arts undergraduate students understand and articulate the value of arts degrees. See photos here.