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situations in states: ie. Colorado


Date: Wed Mar 20 2002 - 13:38:21 PST

I know from other e-lists I'm on that there has been increase of job
opportunities on a part time basis related to art therapy & art education on
the East Coast. There seems to be more of a recognition of the healing power
of the arts over there since
 9-11. In general, there has been always more of a recognition.
For the past several years, there has been little full time work for art
teachers in NYC. Most art teachers I know are professional artists or art
therapists who do contract work, consultant work or work for one of the
agencies that goes into schools. While the benefits are minimal, the hourly
pay isn't too bad.

I relocated to Colorado a little over year ago, and the supports for the arts
seems pitiful in comparison. I have been having difficulty finding any work
period & nervous about having no income.
I'm looking into getting a teacher's license/going into a program for art
education or special ed. For special ed, I'll probably have to get a
master's or doctorate if I want to continue teaching. Art ed would take much
shorter, but I have seen NO advertisements for art teaching jobs within the
school districts for this year/summer or for the upcoming year.

If anyone has insight into the Colorado situation, I would appreciate it. Is
there a special protocal in getting a job here? I noticed people don't tend
to return phone calls/messages etc here & there's poor networking. Is that a
cultural thing? Are there social guidelines in getting a job/professional
contacts? I'm used to being forthright in my capabilities & talk freely
about my experiences & have a pretty involved CV. My approach worked very
well in getting work in NYC, but I'm wondering if people act differently here
& are intimidated by my presentation. But I don't want to remove my master's
degree or any of my job experiences...I believe in being honest about my
experiences & not to short change myself. It's even more difficult here
because there is a license for every little specialty!!! There's much more
of broad crossover back east...they make it very difficult here to become
credentialed. And they seem to look at your licenses more than your
experiences or education.