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‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

The need for creative people with administrative skills has been on the rise. Businesses in a broad spectrum of disciplines are looking for creatives who can think differently; people who can integrate knowledge across disciplines, who can spot and solve problems and people who can create new ideas (Lichtenberg, et al. 2008). In the conference board study “Are They Really Ready To Work?”, Annette Byrd (Manager, Healthy Work Environment, GlaxoSmithKline) was quoted as saying, “We need people who think with the creative side of their brains, people who have played in a band, who have painted, been involved in the community as volunteers. It enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.”

In Daniel Pink’s bestselling book, “A Whole New Mind,” he explains why creatives will have an edge in the future: “The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind – computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind – creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people – artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers – will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.” (Pink, 2006).

The LEAP Institute for the Arts seeks to enhance the skill sets that creatives have, that employers are looking for: creativity, innovative thinking, leadership, adaptation, collaboration and team-work, and passion. These skill sets will translate to a wide variety of career paths in the creative sector, non-profit organizations and beyond. Some possible career options to consider may be:

• Executive Director
• Artistic Director
• Program and Project Directors
• Development Director
• Special Events Coordinator
• Exhibition Planner
• Financial Manager
• Volunteer Coordinator
• Box Office Manager
• Education Coordinator
• Community and Corporate Relations Manager
• Manager of Artistic Outreach
• Donor Relations Manager
• Grants Manager
• Director of Patron Services
• Facility Manager

References:
Lichtenberg, James, Chistopher Woock, and Mary Wright. “Ready to Innovate: Are Educators and Executive Aligned on the Creative Readiness of the U.S. Workforce?” Rep. no. R-1424-08-RR. N.p.: Confernce Board, 2008

Casner-Lotto, Jill. “Are They Really Ready to Work?: Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce.” [United States]: Conference Board, 2006

Pink, Daniel H. “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers Will Rule the Future.” New York: Riverhead, 2006