Creative Arts Engagement Resource Guide – Part 1


Top LinkedIn Groups. 2

Blogs. 4

Journals. 4

Publications. 4

Finding Organizations. 4

General Resources. 4

Non-Government Art Organizations. 4

State Agencies and Art Commissions. 4

Government Websites. 6

Sample Corporations Supporting the Arts. 6

Influencers. 6

Job Board Search Sites/Engines. 8

Resume Tips. 10

Interviewing Tips. 10

Networking Tips. 11

Relevant Student (SPEA and IU) Organizations. 11

Open to all SPEA Students. 11

SPEA Undergraduate Only. 11

SPEA Graduates Only. 11

All IUB Students. 11

Bloomington Community and Indiana Organizations. 12

Professional Associations. 12

Previous SPEA Student Internships. 12

Sample Job titles. 13

Top LinkedIn Groups

  1. Arts Administration Network
    • There is an art and a science to arts administration. Everyone follows their own path to starting and loving a career in the field, but we all have a common goal — to create and maintain a safe, nurturing, supportive environment for art and artists. This network is dedicated to arts administration and management professionals in all mediums of art as a place to connect with peers in and across every art industry, and across all disciplines of administration and management. Marketing, sales, box office, fundraising, production, general administration and any other professional is welcome to join and participate.
  2. Arts, Culture & Humanities
    • Arts, Culture & Humanities, painting, sculpture, writing, poetry, sociology, people, nonprofit, education, etc.
  3. Arts for Business Network
    • The Arts for Business Network works to generate ideas and share experiences on what the arts can offer to business. It aims to increase awareness on the relevance of culture for sustainable organizational value creation and strives to advocate the adoption of the arts in business. It is an ideal platform for sharing insights, practices, stories and implications of how the arts can successfully develop organizations and workforce, engage stakeholders, create intangible value into products and services, and humanize business models. The Arts for Business Network targets business people, artists, scholars and anyone else committed to disclose the value of the arts for business. Whether you work on the partnership between culture and business or you are simply interested on participating to the discussion on the role of the arts for business please join the Arts for Business Network.
  4. Arts Funding, Policy, Practice, and Politics
    • Discussion group for people interested in arts funding, policy and politics. It will affect all of us in the UK arts sector from this year’s election onwards. Questions over who to trust, who will do what and what that really means for us.
  5. Art Jobs
    • Arts, culture, education, theatre, gallery, museum and library jobs.
  6. Audience Development for the Arts
    • This group is for artists and arts organization professionals. It’s time to discuss the many challenges and rewards of audience development for the arts. Audience development is about building relationships with people to obtain the “power of people” for your organization. If you are in need of a bigger and better audience, more frequent patrons, an increase in volunteers, donors and sponsors, you have come to the right place. Audience Development Specialists, will help to guide our journey into the fun adventures of audience development.
  7. Community Builders Communicators Network
    • If you are a private or public communicator or planner working to reach community members about a community-development project, this is the group for you.
  8. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Worldwide
    • The Cultural & Heritage Tourism Worldwide has been set up as a forum to allow professionals within the industry to exchange ideas and good practice, form partnerships and network with colleagues across the world.
  9. Cultural Performing Arts Network
    • This group is for networking between those who are either one of the following; A producer of cultural events, connected to cultural events or groups, cultural arts organizations, cultural arts performers, choreographers, companies, conferences, festivals, and community centers.
  10. DC Advocates for the Arts
    • Whether you are an artist, an arts industry professional, or a business professional, arts advocacy can be part of your support for the arts. Many people don’t understand why the arts are important, or why the government is involved in support for the arts. We invite you to become an official member of our organization and remind you that the most powerful way that you can advocate for the arts is to educate yourself on the issues, and speak to your friends, family, and colleagues about why you support the arts.
  11. Emerging Arts Professional Network
    • An online career resource and community network of over 2,700 arts administrators, managers and artists who are at the start of their careers and looking for opportunities to gain valuable access to online mentors and insight into the possible directions in which to forward their careers.
  12. Event Planning & Event Management – the 1st Group for Event Professionals
    • Event Planning & Event Management, the largest virtual community for event professionals on LinkedIn.
    • Mission: To educate, inform, inspire, & connect event professionals globally.
    • Our topical and regional related groups give content maximum exposure. Like conference breakout sessions, more interaction and deeper exploration of specific topics are possible.
  13. Gallerium: the Curator Network
    • Welcome to Gallerium, the definitive place for all sorts of Arts Organisers to meet and talk, share and collaborate. Tell us what you’re working on, or what you’d love to work on, let us know if there’s something you’re looking for and point us at resources you like. Art’s better shared.
  14. The Industry Network for Arts and Entertainment
    • The Industry Network for Arts and Entertainment is the official student-alumni networking organization dedicated to providing students with outside the class room education, networking, internship and job opportunities in the arts and entertainment fields.
  15. National Art Education Association (NAEA)
    • Founded in 1947, The National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle and high school visual arts educators, college and university professors, researchers and scholars, teaching artists, administrators and supervisors, and art museum educators, as well as more than 45,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society or are university students preparing to be art educators.
    • We represent members in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia, U.S. Possessions, most Canadian Provinces, U.S. military bases around the world, and twenty-five foreign countries.


  1. Americans for the Arts:
  2. IU Arts Administration:
  3. Art Place:
  4. International Network for Arts and Business:
  5. Creative Capital:


  1. Arts Journal:
  2. Arts Management Journal:
  3. Arts Administration books, articles, and market industry research:


  1. National Endowment for the Arts:
  2. College of Art:
  3. Art in Embassies:

Finding Organizations

General Resources

  1. Nonprofit Art Organizations and Centers by State:
  2. Art Museums by State:
  3. Art Museums, Centers and Nonprofit Organizations by state:
  4. Arts Related Organizations:
  5. State and Regional Arts Organizations:

Non-Government Art Organizations

  1. Alliance for the Arts:
  2. Americans for the Arts:
  3. Andy Warhol Foundation:
  4. Artist Trust:
  5. Creative Capital Foundation:
  6. New York Foundation for the Arts:

State Agencies and Art Commissions

  1. Alabama State Council on the Arts:
  2. Alaska State Council on the Arts:
  3. Arizona Commission on the Arts:
  4. Arkansas Arts Council:
  5. California Arts Council:
  6. Colorado Creative Industries:
  7. Connecticut Commission on the Arts:
  8. Delaware Division of the Arts:
  9. Florida Division of Cultural Affairs:
  10. Georgia Council for the Arts:
  11. Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts:
  12. Idaho Commission on the Arts:
  13. Illinois Arts Council:
  14. Indiana Arts Commission:
  15. Iowa Arts Council:
  16. Kansas Arts Commission:
  17. Kentucky Arts Council:
  18. Louisiana Division of the Arts:
  19. Louisiana – Arts Council of New Orleans:
  20. Maine Arts Commission:
  21. Maryland State Arts Council:
  22. Massachusetts Cultural Council:
  23. Minnesota State Arts Board:
  24. Mississippi Arts Commission:
  25. Missouri Arts Council:
  26. Montana Arts Council:
  27. Nevada Arts Council:
  28. New Hampshire State Council on the Arts:
  29. New Jersey State Council on the Arts:
  30. New Mexico Arts – Office of Cultural Affairs:
  31. New York – Arts Commission New York City:
  32. New York State Council on the Arts:
  33. North Carolina Arts Council:
  34. North Dakota Council on the Arts:
  35. Ohio Arts Council:
  36. Oklahoma Arts Council:
  37. Oregon Arts Commission:
  38. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts:
  39. South Carolina Arts Commission:
  40. South Dakota Arts Council:
  41. Tennessee Arts Commission:
  42. Texas Commission on the Arts:
  43. Utah Arts Council:
  44. Vermont Arts Council:
  45. Virginia Commission for the Arts:
  46. Washington State Arts Commission:
  47. West Virginia Division of Culture & History:
  48. Wisconsin Arts Board:

Government Websites

  1. National Endowment for the Arts:
  2. National Endowment for the Humanities:
  3. Art in Embassies:

Sample Corporations Supporting the Arts

  1. Aetna Inc., Hartford, CT
  2. Alltech, Inc., Nicholasville, KY
  3. Austin Energy, Austin, TX
  4. Badger Meter, Milwaukee, WI
  5. Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
  6. Blick Art Materials, Highland Park, IL
  7. Chaves Consulting, Inc., Baker City, OR
  8. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, OK
  9. CopperPoint Insurance Companies, Phoenix, AZ
  10. com, Burlington, VT
  11. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
  12. Dunlap Codding, Oklahoma City, OK
  13. Earl Swensson Associates, Inc., Nashville, TN
  14. Exxon Mobil Corporation, Irving, TX
  15. First Community Bank, Corpus Christi, TX
  16. Golden Artist Colors, Inc., New Berlin, NY
  17. Jackson and Company, Houston, TX
  18. Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
  19. MASCO Corporation, Taylor, MI
  20. M Powered Strategies Inc., Washington, DC
  21. Northern Trust, Chicago, IL
  22. Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH
  23. Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, FL


  1. Adrian Cheng, @ac_kaf, 43.9k followers
    • The Hong Kong collector and entrepreneur Adrian Cheng is the scion of a real estate and jewelry empire, and in the past decade he has been using his influence to champion the Asian art market and nurture its artists. In 2008, he founded the K11 art mall and its partnering foundation (KAF), most recently announcing a collaboration with the New Museum to produce the group show “After Us” at the K11 museum in Shanghai. His feed offers a glimpse into his globetrotting life—from art exhibitions to fashion shows to artisanal desserts—in Asia and beyond.
  2. Kimberly Drew, @museummammy, 122k followers
    • Kimberly Drew is the social media manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but she began @museummammy in 2011 with her Tumblr blog, Black Contemporary Art. She has used the account to highlight lesser-known black artists and spaces that deserve more attention. Her feed now offers a mix of both emerging young talent and overlooked figures from the recent past, as well as a dose of political engagement and a peek at her globe-spanning travels, most recently to the opening of Zeitz MOCAA in South Africa.
  3. Matthew Higgs, @matthewhiggs2015, 21k followers
    • Matthew Higgs is the director and chief curator of White Columns in New York and a very busy man about town. We recommend following his feed for a guide to the people and places you should know in the downtown New York art scene, as well as a wealth of unexpected recommendations of historical books, magazines, and poster art. Oh, and lots of cute pics of his dog, Olive, too.
  4. Michael Xufu Huang, @michaelxufuhuang, 35.8k followers
    • One of the more precocious figures in the contemporary art market, Huang started his collection at the tender age of 16 and went on to co-found the contemporary art museum M WOODS in Beijing before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. At only 23, he’s already hosted one blockbuster exhibition at M WOODS and also sits on the board of the New Museum. True to millennial form, he posts lots of flawlessly composed images of himself in exotic locations—but surprisingly, most are not selfies.
  5. Choi Seung Hyun T.O.P 최승현, @choi_seung_hyun_tttop, 8.2m followers
    1. Choi Seung Hyun, better known by the moniker T.O.P, may be most famous for his career in the K-Pop group Big Band, but his 8.2 million Instagram followers are also getting a crash course in blue-chip art thanks to the inside look he’s been providing of his personal collection on social media. Artists ranging from Jonas Wood to Ed Ruscha pop up in between images of his band mates and stills from his forthcoming movie. Choi has been collecting art since he was 18 and, last year, he collaborated with Sotheby’s to curate the art auction #TTTOP.
  6. Charles Lutz, @charleslutz, 11.9k followers
    • Charles Lutz is a conceptual artist whose cheeky Instagram account follows in the same vein as his “Warhol Denied” (2008) series, in which he submitted meticulous copies of Andy Warhol paintings to the artist’s authentication board and then gleefully exhibited them with their rubber-stamped rejection markings. In addition to posting pictures from various art events around the city, you’ll find a wealth of Obama memes and New Yorker-style cartoons needling the power-brokers of the contemporary art scene.
  7. Toyin Ojih Odutola, @toyinojihodutola, 40.2k followers
    • Dedicated fans and new followers alike will revel in the teasers that the Nigerian-born artist Toyin Ojih Odutola posts from inside her studio. See glimpses of her figurative work, which was featured on the decadent TV series Empire, as well as her studio life in the run-up to her hotly anticipated solo show, “To Wander Determined,” opening this October at the Whitney.
  8. Eva Respini, @curator_on_the_run, 26.8k followers
    • True to her handle, Eva Respini, chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, does, in fact, always seem to be on the run. Based on her location tags, Respini routinely trots from one great art show to the next, both around Boston and the wider world. We think her best posts, however, are culled from her unbeatable access to the ICA’s inventory.
  9. David Rimanelli, @davidrimanelli, 20k followers
    • The art critic David Rimanelli uses his Instagram as a digital museum. As a contributor to Artforum, Rimanelli wrote some early screeds on social media, but since his 2014 piece “Like, Totally,” in which he lamented his “mere 2,380 followers,” his numbers have improved considerably.
  10. Karen Robinovitz, @karenrobinovitz, 60.3k followers
    • Karen Robinovitz is the co-founder of Digital Brand Architects, a talent management agency geared toward social media influencers. Since she makes social media branding her job, it’s no wonder she has a strong presence herself. Robinovitz’s Instagram also introduces followers to the vibrant abstract and surreal art that she seems to admire most.
  11. Antwaun Sargent, @sirsargent, 49.7k followers
    • Antwaun Sargent is a dapper writer and critic whose Instagram posts alternate between coolly posed self-portraits against colorful backdrops and artworks by important African American artists. Some of his favorites include Barkley L. Hendricks, Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, and Jennifer Packer. Come for the amazing wardrobe, stay for the art.
  12. Nancy Spector, @nespector, 116k followers
    • As the chief curator and artistic director of the Guggenheim, Spector is one of the most influential curators working today, but she’s not resting on her laurels. An outspoken activist, Spector recently began using Instagram to re-publish a few of the letters written by international artists opposing the so-called Muslim Ban, more prescient than ever before.

Job Board Search Sites/Engines

  1. National Guild:
    1. The National Guild’s Job Board is the premiere source for jobs and internships in the community arts education field nationwide. New jobs are posted regularly and remain posted on the site until they expire.
  2. Musical American Worldwide:
    1. Job board offering positions available in the music industry.
  3. Americans for the Arts:
  4. American Alliance of Museums:
  5. Art Career Café:
  6. Arts for LA Job Bank:
  7. Art Jobs:
  8. com
  9. Alliance of Artists Communities:
  10. Association of Performing Arts Presenters Job Bank:
  11. California Arts Council Arts Jobs Board:
  12. Commongood Careers:
  13. Culture Capital:
  14. Dance/USA Jobs in the Arts:
  15. Emerging Arts Leaders of DC Job Listings:
  16. Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Jobs Board:
  17. Global Museum:
  18. Hampton Roads Area Nonprofit Careers:
  19. Hire Culture, Creative Employment in Massachusetts:
  20. Idealist:
  21. Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute Career Search:
  22. National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture:
  23. New England Museum Association:
  24. New York Foundation for the Arts:
  25. NonProfit Career Match/The NonProfit Times:
  26. Philanthropy News Digest:
  27. Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, OR:
  28. Smithsonian Institution:
  29. The BridgeSpan Group Nonprofit Jobs Center:
  30. The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
  31. USAJobs:
  32. The Washington Post:
  33. Art Jobs: and
  34. IU Arts Administration Job Board:
  35. Live Career:
  36. Careers in Music:
  37. Entertainment Jobs and Internships:
  38. American Alliance of Museums:
  39. Bay Area Video Coalition:
  40. Creative Hotlist:
  41. Mandy – Platform for Performing Arts:
  42. Idealist:
  43. Work for Good:
  44. Indeed:
  45. Indiana InternNet:

Resume Tips

  1. Organize resume by relevant experiences (as opposed to reverse chronologically) unless otherwise requested by the employer.
  2. Use headers that clearly organize your experiences (event management experience, community engagement, leadership experience, etc.).
  3. Utilize bullet points to show accomplishments formatted as SKILL – TASK – OUTCOME:
    • Example: (Skill) Analyzed (Task) visitor surveys (Outcome) to determine success of marketing targeted to new museum visitors
  4. Keep resume to one page when possible/appropriate.
  5. Research the organization thoroughly prior to applying to ensure solid understanding of the position and role via their website, articles, blogs, etc.
  6. Use key skill words from the job description in your resume.

Interviewing Tips

  1. Research company/organization website to get a “feel” of its mission, learn latest news about its operations, and how it relates to employees and the community (its clients)
  2. Use to check for typical interview questions asked by the company/organization.
    • Note: not all companies will be represented on this site. Glassdoor also provides employee feedback that may be useful in your preparation.
  3. Highlight the main skills required/desired in the job description as these are clues to what the interview questions will be about and what type of questions may be asked.
  4. Develop answers that are suited for behavioral interviews (“Give an example of when…” Tell me about a time when you…”)  using the STAR method:
    • Situation: Open with a brief description of the Situation and context of the success story (who, what, where, when, how).
    • Task: Explain the Task you had to complete highlighting any specific challenges or constraint (ex: deadlines, costs, other issues).
    • Action: Describe the specific Actions that you took to complete the task. These should highlight desirable traits without needing to state them (initiative, intelligence, dedication, leadership, understanding, etc.)
    • Result: Close with the result of your efforts. Include figures to quantify the result if possible.
  5. Prepare for common interview questions:
    • Tell me about yourself
    • Strengths and weaknesses
    • Why do you want to work for X company?
    • Why should we hire you?
  6. Conclude the interview with strong interview questions that show your knowledge and understanding of the role and company.
  7. Collect contact information from interviewers and follow-up within 24 hours with a thank you note or email.

Networking Tips

  1. Use social media to promote yourself and your skills – think of it as your brand. Word about you looking for work will spread quickly and people might recommend you. Employers will reference your online presence.
  2. Gain valuable experience through volunteering, internships, part-time and summer jobs, and apprenticeships.
  3. Acquire strong skills in research, fund-raising, speaking, writing, and an attention to detail.
  4. Develop good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well on teams.
  5. Research other skills specific to your field of interest needed to be successful and find opportunities (volunteer, internships, etc.) to work on skills.
  6. Stay up-to-date with policies and laws pertaining to your interest that may affect your field (funding, etc.).
  7. Learn about trending news in the industry to use as a talking point at networking events or conversations.
  8. Join art-related professional and student organizations.
  9. Volunteer with fundraising efforts for the arts or another committee (marketing/promotion/administration) to further your skills and experiences.
  10. Craft your “perfect pitch” for introducing yourself: Personal qualities, strengths, your focus, what interests you, how you stand out, what motivates you, where are you headed?
  11. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Ask friends, family co-workers and bosses, if they know anyone in the industry you are interested in pursuing.

Relevant Student (SPEA and IU) Organizations

Open to all SPEA Students

  1. Cultural Policy and Management Alliance

SPEA Undergraduate Only

  2. Indiana University Debate Program
  3. Music Industry Networking Club
  4. Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
  5. Undergraduate Policy Student Organization
  6. Undergraduate Student Organization

SPEA Graduates Only

  1. Nonprofit Management Association
  2. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
  3. SPEA Graduate Student Association
  4. Global Partners

All IUB Students


Bloomington Community and Indiana Organizations

  1. Visual Arts Organizations:
  2. Arts Council of Indianapolis:
  3. Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington:
  4. City of Bloomington – Arts and Culture:

Professional Associations

  1. National Endowment for the Arts:
  2. Americans for the Arts:
  3. American Craft Council:
  4. Association of Art Museum Directors:
  5. College Art Association:
  6. National Association for Independent Artists:

Previous SPEA Student Internships

  1. Bloomington Playwrights Project
  2. Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival
  3. Buskirk Chumley Theatre
  4. Cardinal Stage Company
  5. Cheekwood Arts & Gardens
  6. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
  7. Christie’s Shanghai
  8. Cinema St. Louis
  9. Cleveland Museum of Art
  10. Colorado Symphony
  11. Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  12. Disney Internships and Programs
  13. Experience Music Project Museum
  14. Indiana Arts Commission
  15. Indiana Department of Education
  16. Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  17. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  18. Library of Congress
  19. London School of Economics
  20. Lotus Festival
  21. Life Week Magazine
  22. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  23. Metropolitan Government of Seoul, South Korea
  24. Museo de Las Americas
  25. Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago
  26. National Endowment for the Arts
  27. National Museum of American History
  28. New York City Ballet
  29. Phoenix Art Museum
  30. Rock, Paper, Scissors, Inc.
  31. San Francisco Playhouse
  32. Seattle Opera
  33. Secretly Canadian
  34. Smithsonian Museum
  35. Spoleto Festival USA
  36. Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  37. Tanglewood
  38. Theatre Noir Foundation
  39. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  40. The Freer and Sackler Galleries
  41. The Long Center for the Performing Arts
  42. The Philips Collection
  43. Windfall Dancers, Inc.
  44. Wu Promotion

Sample Job titles

  1. Actors
  2. Administrators
  3. Advertising and Promotions Managers
  4. Advertising Sales Agents
  5. Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
  6. Archivists
  7. Art Directors
  8. Art Therapists
  9. Art, Drama, and Music Teachers/Educators
  10. Artists and Related Workers, All Other
  11. Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists
  12. Broadcast News Analysts
  13. Business Development Managers
  14. Chief Executives
  15. Choreographers
  16. Commercial and Industrial Designers
  17. Consultants
  18. Copy Writers
  19. Craft Artists
  20. Curators
  21. Development Managers (fundraising)
  22. Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Gallery, Community, Creative
  23. Editors
  24. Education Administrators
  25. Event Managers/Coordinators
  26. Fashion Designers
  27. Film and Video Editors
  28. Fine Artists – including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  29. Grant Writers
  30. Graphic Designers
  31. House Managers (ticketing, sales, stage)
  32. Individual Giving and Stewardship Managers
  33. Instructional Coordinators
  34. Interior Designers
  35. Journalists
  36. Library Assistants, Clerical
  37. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
  38. Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
  39. Multimedia Artists and Animators
  40. Museum Technicians and Conservators
  41. Music Composers and Arrangers
  42. Musicians, Instrumental, Music Directors
  43. Photographers
  44. Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
  45. Policy Analysts
  46. Producers
  47. Production Workers
  48. Program Analyst
  49. Program Coordinators
  50. Project Manager
  51. Public Relations
  52. Radio and Television Announcers
  • Reporters and Correspondents
  • Research and Development Managers
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
  • Singers
  • Talent Directors/Managers
  • Tour Guides
  • Volunteer Managers