Work to live, or live to work?
My students at Towson’s Mass Comm department frequently ask me about the kinds of work they might do upon graduation. This week, I saw first hand an incredible example of meaningful work that also does good things for society. I think any student who desires a meaningful and varied career in communication/public relations with a chance to make a contribution to improving the human condition should consider working for a nonprofit organization.
I was honored to lead a seminar on strategic communication for arts organizations at the 2007 Art Works for Virginia Conference held in historic Richmond January 23-25. The conference brought together well over 300 artists, board and staff leaders of Virginia arts organizations, arts educators, and arts advocates. The event was sponsored by Virginians for the Arts Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The level of attendance from so many different organizations illustrates the number of opportunities to do serious communication/PR work and help enrich the lives of people by promoting arts and cultural institutions. And this was just the state of Virginia!