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Career Conversations:
Discovering Careers in Arts, Culture & Heritage

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 pm
103 McLaughlin College (Career Centre Presentation Room)

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Registration on the Career Centre's online system is required for all panel events (you must sign up for an account on the system before you will be able to register for any events).

About the Event

Interested in a career working in the arts? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles within this field?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in arts, culture, and heritage, and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Participating Panelists

Suzanne Carte
Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

Suzanne Carte is a curator and art critic. Her exhibitions have appeared across Canada, USA and Australia, and her critical writing has been published in Magenta Magazine, Art Writ, and Huffington Post. After working for the Blackwood Gallery and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, she joined the AGYU in 2008 as Assistant Curator. Within Suzanne's independent practice, she has curated exhibitions in public spaces, artist-run centres, commercial and public art galleries including All Systems Go!, Under New Management, MOTEL and Man's Ruin. Suzanne sits on the Board of Directors for Images Festival, the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby's Art Institute in NY.

James McEleney
York alumnus: BFA Music, 2008

I am a musician specifically a bassist now active in the Toronto jazz and bluegrass/new acoustic music scenes. I currently freelance with many artists in a broad array of styles and plays regularly and appears on recordings of "A Sondheim Jazz Project" "The Unseen Strangers" and "The Andrew Collins Trio".

Collette Murray
Artist-Instructor/Dancer, Dance Immersion/AFIWI Groove
York alumna: Specialized Honours BA Equity Studies, 2014

Artist-Instructor in Dance Immersion's Youth Arts Program and AFIWI Groove, I am known as "Coco”; a 15 year performer with many Toronto-based companies. I am glad to find a way to integrate my education with my art. I have presented research on the cultural appropriation and racism involved in West African dance/drum at conferences. Outside of my full-time employment in higher education, I manage a part-time dance career that I enjoy. The best highlight is being named the 2013 Canadian Dance Assembly’s "I love dance community award" for my teaching.

Heather Phillips
Entrepreneur, Co-Owner and Creative Navigator, ARTiculations
York alumna: BFA Visual Arts, 2008

After graduating from York University in 2008, I was confident of one thing; I was going to be a practicing artist, curator and teacher. Shortly thereafter, I was faced with another less romantic obstacle; I needed to pay rent, eat and pay down my student loan. I spent the next 3 years trying to figure out how to do both. 2 1/2 years ago, I took a leap of faith with my good friend and became an entrepreneur. We opened ARTiculations; an art supply store, art gallery and workshop space in the Junction. Now I get to inspire and be inspired by creative people every day. And that's a gift.

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