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December 14: Resume Blind Date Workshop
December 14 | 6 – 8 PM | White Labs

The new year is just around the corner and you know what that means? New resolutions! Perhaps you’re looking to grow your career, apply for a scholarship, or just want to dust off your resume for the new year – well, you’re in luck!

Join us on Wednesday, December 14, from 6pm – 8pm at White Labs to hear from two experts on branding your self as you pursue professional endeavors!

Janice Rougas, Director of Human Resources at the San Diego Museum of Man, will share tips, tricks, and trends in the hiring world. Alessandra Moctezuma, Gallery Director/Museum Studies Professor at San Diego Mesa College, will share how she prepares her students for the “real world” outside of school.

Don’t forget to bring your resume! As you enter the event, we will collect your resumes and randomly pair you with another EMP for a peer editing session. You’ll get to discuss each other’s resumes over a pint of beer, giving tips and pointers to help one another succeed, plus you’ll also get to ask the experts in the room their opinion.

Don’t miss out on our last workshop of the year!

See you there!

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July 19: Flash Conference – Making Sense of Organizations in Flux

Flash Conference

Tuesday, July 19 | 6 PM – 8 PM | Monarch Arredon Contemporary Art Gallery

Haven’t made it to a conference or workshop lately? Hear San Diego arts and culture industry peers’ recent conference presentations right here in San Diego!

Join san Diego EMP and Rising Arts Leaders for a flash-style conference all about how to navigate challenging, but exciting changes and opportunities in your day-to-day duties and your organization as a whole.

This event will feature three speakers from different professional backgrounds to give you some perspective and advice on the work you may currently be involved in or future projects.

Our speakers include:

Robert Rutherford | Audience Engagement Manager, San Diego Natural History Museum

Legitimizing Irreverence in the Museum

Reverently, this session will analyze audience response to the juxtaposition of discordant manifestations of museum identities. Irreverently, this session will explore how some museums have thrown centuries of time-tested techniques of interpretation out the window to appeal to the lowest common denominator through humor and irreverence. The humor, relatability, and legitimate news that come from sources such as The Daily Show have proven that people can appreciate both a well-timed joke about flatulence and a logical argument. Modern museums have many tools at their disposal to use irreverence and humor as a legitimate interpretive tool, so what’s stopping them?

Kelly Revak | Archivist, San Diego Museum of Man

Managing Unmanaged Collections

Many museum collections house objects that lack proper identification, accession numbers, and registration documentation. Knowing where to start to rectify the situation can be extremely daunting. Too often these collections remain undocumented, effectively hidden from the community, inaccessible for research, and unable to benefit their institution’s exhibitions and programming needs. Join this session to learn about successful strategies for managing unmanaged collections.

Matt Carney | Executive Director, San Diego Dance Theatre

Communication During Change: Creating Sustainability in the Arts Through a Mixed Strategy Approach

Communication During Change investigates the role of communication during organizational change and development. The project focuses on mid-size non-profit organizations going through structural and/or staffing changes and provides case studies for qualitative data analysis with real world implications. For true sustainability in the arts there needs to be a mixed strategy approach in implementing a strategic plan outside of the usual concentration on the creation of new works. By studying military strategy and public administrative policy, the project takes a different perspective than what is traditionally seen in the non-profit field by focusing on problem solving and action planning. Specifically in the field of dance, studying the flow of communication between all key stakeholders makes change and development a team experience. Rather than a top-down directive approach, involving artistic and administrative staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors in the process of implementing a new strategic plan creates a solid infrastructure for an organization to grow economically, politically, and artistically.

Also, San Diego EMP will lead a leadership activity that will get you networking and thinking about these bigger issues!

Enjoy good conversation with your peers, light snacks, and adult beverages all in a beautiful gallery space in La Jolla.

RSVP Today!



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July 23 – Exclusive Exhibit Tour: Word Balloons

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EMP Exclusive Exhibit Tour: 

Word Balloons: Comics at San Diego State University
Thursday, July 23rd | 5:30 – 6:15 PM
SDSU Downtown Gallery


Join San Diego EMP and the SDSU Downtown Gallery for an exclusive tour of their newest exhibit, Word Balloons: Comics at San Diego State University, on Thursday, July 23rd, from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

This after-hours tour will be led by Chantel Paul, Program Coordinator for the SDSU Downtown Gallery, and will be followed immediately by happy hour at the nearby Stone Brewing tasting room on Kettner Boulevard.

RSVP is required for the tour as space is limited. Registration is free with a suggested donation of $5 to San Diego EMP.

About the exhibit:

Word Balloons: Comics at San Diego State University shares the work of SDSU faculty, alumni, and students. Become immersed in the worldwide art form of comic culture as a vibrant part of the San Diego community. Internationally renowned artist and SDSU grad, Hugo Crosthwaite, will be creating a site-specific mural for the exhibit.

SDSU Downtown Gallery:

The SDSU Downtown Gallery is a program of the School of Art + Design, which in turn, is a unit of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts of San Diego State University. The Downtown Gallery is one of  four galleries affiliated with the School of Art + Design.

For more than thirty years, the University Art Gallery, which is located on the SDSU campus, has received critical acclaim for its outstanding exhibition programming and curatorial vision. The SDSU Downtown Gallery continues this focus on programmatic excellence while also providing a vital link between the School of Art and the San Diego community.

This workshop is made possible by the San Diego State University Downtown Gallery and your contributions. Thank you for your support!

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