Thursday, 21 July 2011
The Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) is reputed to be the southern hemisphere’s premier arts festival, thanks in part to WAAPA’s talented arts management graduates.
The festival welcomes more than 300,000 visitors each year to enjoy international art, culture and music through a number of free community events.
PIAF currently has five talented WAAPA graduates working behind the scenes to organise the 2012 festival, the most graduates from any of WA’s tertiary institutions.
WAAPA graduate and Development Executive: Corporate and Government, Kathryn Clements, credits WAAPA for preparing her for her arts management career.
“The Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management) course provided me with the opportunity to learn more about the relationship the arts has with the wider community, as well as network with other like-minded arts managers,” Ms Clements said
“Studying at WAAPA prepared me well for a career in arts administration.”
Fellow WAAPA graduate Nicole Rendulic, who is currently the Executive Assistant to Artistic Director and General Manager, is excited to be working on the event, and thanks WAAPA for giving her the building blocks for a successful career.
“Through my time at WAAPA (Arts Management) it taught me the deadline and efficiency skills needed to do my role now.,” Ms Rendulic said.
“Understanding every aspect of the arts business inclusive of finance, management and marketing has allowed me to have deeper understanding of product development and audience reception to products such as the Perth International Arts Festival.”
Both Kathryn and Nicole are excited to be working at the festival and look forward to developing their career in the future.
“The opportunity to balance theory and practical teachings in the Arts Management degree gave me the confidence to undertake my current position and to aim higher within the Arts environment,” Ms Rendulic said.
“Studying at WAAPA prepared me for any challenges I face in my career, both now and in the future.”