Since 1999, the BC Arts Council’s Alumni Career Night in the Arts has been a low-key, informational get-together held in a McMullen Museum gallery. Typically, it draws some 100 participants: undergraduates seeking advice and insight, and a panel of BC alumni willing to share their share their experiences in arts, culture, media, and entertainment careers. The groups mixed, mingled, and exchanged business cards and bios. Many promised to keep in touch.
Organizers knew from the outset that planning and producing Career Night in the Arts + Entertainment 2020 would be different, according to Tatiana Flis, program administrator for the Arts Council. But rather than canceling or downsizing, they moved the event online and expanded it into a weeklong program comprising five panels of alumni who work in both the commercial and not-for-profit spheres of the creative sector. The format offered greater flexibility, opportunities, and information.