October 23, 2017
Natalie Dignam

In case you missed it, there are tons of opportunities to have a creative career, so don’t sideline your creative passion to a hobby just yet. Last Thursday, the ACT Arts Related Career Expo at the Memorial University Center gave students chance to connect with arts organizations in St. John’s.

The Expo featured representatives from a variety of organizations, including CHMR 93.5 (Memorial’s campus radio), The Rooms, the Anna Templeton Center, The Overcast, the Writers’ Alliance, Eastern Edge Gallery, the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, RCA Theatre, Visual Arts NL and the Nickel Film Festival.

Just a few opportunities presented at the Expo include The Overcast’s 5-Week Journalism Internship Program (contact chad@theovercast.ca), $25 student memberships for the Writers’ Alliance and a peek at all the fun workshops and classes at the Anna Templeton Centre.

The event was organized (in partnership with Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) by For the Love of Learning (FTLOL), a St. John’s-based non-profit that provides workshops, camps, exhibits, expos, arts spaces, plays and more for St. John’s artists between the ages of 15 and 30 years. I corresponded with Gemma Hickey, Executive Director at FTLOL via email about how the organization helps creative students (like you!) get a start.

FTLOL can help students develop their resumes and portfolios through consultation and hands-on experience. “We offer one-on-one consultations and group sessions in career development. They can also submit their art and writing, which can be featured at our events or in our anthologies. They can participate in our film camps or theatre projects to add diverse experience to their resumes and get hands on direction from local established artists through our mentorship programs,” said Hickey.

Hickey is a poet and artist theirself and teaches creative writing at FTLOL. Hickey mentioned Katie Vautourm, who also teaches at FTLOL and began her career as an artist-in-residence there seven years ago, as an example of a successful working artist. Vatour has been featured in over a dozen exhibits and sold more than sixty original pieces. “We strive to offer a peer mentorship element to our programming,” said Hickey. “Katie is young and successful and relates well to youth who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts.”

Hickey said that anyone between the ages of 15 and 30 is welcome at FTLOL. Workshops are held during drop-in hours Wednesday through Friday from 2-5 p.m. at the FOTLOL center located at 37 Cookstown Road, St. John’s.