Art Prepares Students for Jobs, Entrepreneurship

The Department of Art and Art History launches a new initiative this fall designed to teach students how to turn their ideas into action, both inside the classroom and in the business world.

Through seminars, informal talks and small group meetings, Entrepreneurship in the Arts will create an environment that promotes innovative, creative, collaborative and entrepreneurial thinking.

The program’s first lecture features David Mosby, an entrepreneur, business consultant, and former lecturer of management in the UT Arlington College of Business Administration. Most recently, he worked in Bahrain as an executive advisor at the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. While overseas, he also served as a consultant for several business and government organizations.

Mosby will discuss the characteristics of an entrepreneur at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the Fine Arts Building, Room 148, 502 S. Cooper. Admission is free and open to students, faculty and staff, and the public.

“My idea is to bring diverse minds and interests together to create an idea that could be realized in the classroom or in what is still a scary job market,” said Matt Clark, an adjunct professor of Art and Art History who developed the program.

“There is potential for advertising students, for example, to work with graphic designers and for artists to work with engineers. All of the preparation will help students in their future careers while keeping in mind their goals,” he said.

Other lectures covering topics from budgeting to legal issues to the art of the pitch are planned. Lectures will take place on Fridays throughout the fall semester and are expected to include local business leaders from a variety of industries.

“There are so many sources of revenue that artists, musicians, actors, communication professionals and others can tap into, but they don’t know how,” he said.

Department chair Robert Hower said he believes students, faculty, staff and University community will benefit from Entrepreneurship in the Arts. For more information, contact Matt Clark, matthewclark@uta.edu.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 33,500 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

(Story by Bridget Lewis, University Media Relations)

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