The Formation and Foundation of Albion Youth Theatre: An Experiential Project in Arts Management
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This project has given me many skills that I have found useful. Through the marketing portion of my project, I aimed to teach myself the Adobe Creative Suite software including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop to build my resume. These programs are the graphic design industry standard and are far more advanced than Microsoft Publisher; competency in the Creative Suite programs is a major asset to any organization looking to save some money. Unfortunately, they are often frustratingly sophisticated and cannot be learned in the course of a couple classes or a day of playing with the program. Designing the two brochures and manipulating the graphics for audition announcements took me many hours to perfect. Nonetheless, with every new project I have gained competency with these programs, which has already proven to be an asset with my internship at Fontana Chamber Arts. Furthermore, this project pushed me in my curricular endeavors for my last year of college. Because of the amount of financial paperwork I needed to assemble and readily understand, I decided to take accounting to learn about financial statements and understand organizational fiscal management. That decision proved to help me throughout filling out the Application for Recognition of Exemption because I understood the terminology. Additionally, I took Applied Statistics, mostly to fulfill a prerequisite for graduate school, but also to understand many of the studies I read while researching nonprofit organizations. Overall this project has proven to be an excellent culmination of my college career. I have used much of the knowledge that I attained in classes ranging from Accounting to Theatre and Production Management to Fundamentals of Acting. It has required me to learn new skills, extend old ones, and apply them in real world situations.