The Career Services Coordinator fosters professional networking opportunities between alumni and employers in the Nashville visual arts community. Alumni are encouraged to participate in career-related events, workshops and seminars hosted by Watkins. Alumni can utilize the many professional development resources that are available to them through the Career Services Office.
Beginning with the Fall 2013 graduating class, alumni who have completed a baccalaureate program at Watkins may take up to two degree-program classes — one per semester — tuition-free, on a space-available basis, within two years of their graduation date. Alumni will be responsible for any fees associated with the classes. Registration will take place each semester after degree-program, certificate, and regular special-status students have completed the registration process. Alumni may choose either to audit or enroll in courses for college credit. Fill out the Special Status – Alumni form and submit it to the Admissions Office.
Other Alumni Benefits
Did you know that, through your Watkins email account, you can access Atomic Learning, an online technology training and professional development tool, absolutely free?! Contact the Watkins IT department for more information at [email protected].
Weekly Opportunities Listing
Are you receiving the weekly opportunities listing put out by the Career Services Office? If not, sign up with the “Participate” form and get an email every week detailing jobs, both full-time and gigs, notices of grants, residencies, and other listings of interest to artists, designers and filmmakers.
Need help with your résumé? Alumni can contact the Career Services Office to set up an appointment.
Current Jobs in Art
The National Employment Bulletin for the Visual Art Professions publishes a monthly resource of job listings for graduates in the visual arts field. This bulletin is available to Watkins Alumni. To get on the list to receive this newsletter, contact the Student Life Office.
Online resources for Alumni
AIGA-The Professional Association for Design
ART DEADLINES THE ARTIST’S GUIDE
ART JOB ONLINE
CAREER ROOKIE CAA-College Art Association
NEW GRAD LIFE
State Regional and National Arts Organizations
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) – Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2010, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing arts in America. AFTA is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of arts. Supports arts and culture through private and public resource development, serving more that 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) – CERF+ is committed to supporting the careers of craft artists throughout the United States. Through business and career-strengthening programs, emergency relief support, advocacy and research, CERF+ helps professional craft artists strengthen and sustain their careers so that they can thrive and, thus, contribute to the quality of life in our communities.
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) – Provides leadership and service to advance the use of philanthropic resources on behalf of arts and culture. GIA is the only national association of private and public funders making grants to artists and arts organizations in America.
Metro Nashville Arts Commission (MNAC) – Serves arts organizations, individual artists, and the general public as a facilitator, technical assistance provider and partner-collaborator with other arts groups. Artist registry available, workshops on arts-related issues, grant programs, public art programs and artist resources.
Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) – A non-profit organization formed in 2006 to advance the creation, awareness and understanding of sculpture in our communities. MSA is only the second affiliate of the International Sculpture Center (ISC) and serves Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Its membership is open to anyone anywhere with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture, including sculptors, art educators, patrons, collectors, galleries, suppliers, architects, developers, journalist, critics, historians, curators and museums.
Nashville Chamber of Commerce – The Chamber is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating community leadership to create economic prosperity. Employment resources, Internship listings and job boards are available online.
National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) – Promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artist with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. Resource directories, list serv, funding, call for entries and networking opportunities.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) – The most extensive directory of awards, services and publications for artists. National listing for jobs in the arts.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – An independent federal agency supporting artists and arts organizations.
Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) – State agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences for the citizens of Tennessee.
Tennesseans For the Arts (TFTA) – Supports the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission as it promotes and supports artists and arts organizations in every city and county within the state.
Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts (VLPA) – A non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance and education to low-income artists of all disciplines and emerging non-profit arts organizations located in the greater Nashville area.
Southern Arts Federation (SAF) – Supports and promotes arts in the South.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) – National directory of Lawyers for the Arts.