NYFA Online Learning: How to Find and Land Your Dream Job in the Arts!

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NYFA Online Learning: How to Find and Land Your Dream Job in the Arts!

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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce its next online workshop, part of our Online Learning Initiative that provides professional development workshops to artists and creatives nationally and internationally through a webinar platform. Our first Spring 2020 workshop is “How to Find and Land Your Dream Job in the Arts,” presented by Maria Villafranca, NYFA Coach and Consultant. It will take place online on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST.

Workshop Description:

Are you passionate about the arts and looking for a career where you can contribute to a vibrant cultural sector? Whether you are an entry-level job seeker or an experienced manager who is interested in a career transition, this workshop will help you define your career path, find opportunities, and walk you through all stages of a job search from applying to interviewing to negotiating an offer. We’ll discuss arts-specific resources covering a range of disciplines, common application missteps, and how to strategically network in the field. You’ll walk away with a clearer sense of how to frame your career for new opportunities and essential strategies to land your dream job in the arts.

Geared toward arts and culture employees at all career stages, this workshop will walk you through all aspects of searching for a job including:

  • Defining your dream job: We’ll discuss a range of career options in the visual, literary, and performing arts, and key questions to consider in tailoring your search.
  • Where to find opportunities/networking: In addition to an overview of arts-specific employment resources, we’ll talk about informational interviews, staying informed about the field, and networking.
  • Application strategies: We’ll define tips for creating and adapting your cover letter and resume for each application, including common missteps!
  • Interviews: We’ll review how to prepare for an interview, how to respond to challenging questions, and key questions that you should ask potential employers.
  • What Comes Next: Finally, we’ll talk about job offers, how to negotiate, and how to build lasting relationships in the field.

Presenter’s Bio:

Maria Villafranca is a nonprofit management consultant with over fifteen years of experience in leadership roles at NYC-based arts organizations. She specializes in supporting creatives to manage career transitions and/or navigate acute issues such as asking for a raise or handling employee conflict. She has presented on nonprofit management, creative careers, and cultural resources at organizations across the country. She has also held positions, primarily in leadership roles, at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Pace Gallery, Marbella Gallery, and the Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities. She has a BA in Art History and English from Rutgers University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Philadelphia.

Our 2020 Spring workshop series, highlights NYFA Coaching, a professional development service that offers access to one-on-one individual guidance from a variety of arts professionals, including NYFA staff. If you are interested in learning about the program and how to benefit from it, please click here to learn more.

Technology Requirement:

You may attend this webinar using either a Mac or PC computer (with speakers), standard phone, smartphone, or tablet device.

Please use the AnyMeeting App or Chrome for the best webinar experience.

Make sure your Adobe Flash Player plugin is up-to-date. If it is not, you will be prompted to update it, which will take about a minute. Strong wifi or hard-wired Internet connection is preferred.

For additional technical questions or issues, please email at learning@nyfa.org.


This workshop will be recorded. The recording will be shared with all previously registered participants after the session concludes, regardless of whether participants attend the live webinar or not. The recording will be posted online for 6 months, but not available for download.

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