Creative Careers Week is Feb. 12-16!


Hosted by the University Career Center and College of Visual and Performing Arts, JMU’s Creative Careers Week will take place from Feb. 12-16. Whether you’re a first-year student, senior or graduate student, there’s something for all JMU Dukes seeking creative careers throughout the week! 

Students will have the chance to attend Exploring Careers in the Arts Alumni Panel where three recent alums will discuss their journey in the arts and how they got where they are now. Panelists include: 

  • Marion Gray (’17), New York City-based actress, in her third year of graduate study at the Juilliard School Drama Division, finds joy in laughter, expresses herself through song, and is resolute in her mission to share her heart with the world through her artistry. 

  • Katie McKinney (’11) earned a Master’s in American Material Culture from the University of Delaware ('15) and is currently working in Colonial Williamsburg, VA as the Margaret Beck Pritchard Associate Curator of Maps & Prints. 

  • Joe Jaxson (’22) is studying for a Master’s in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin. Recent commissions include the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Shelburne Middle School Band, and the Through the Bay orchestra consortium. 

Other featured events include a business etiquette and resume workshop, mock interviews, free professional headshots and an Arts Integration Panel.   

The Arts Integration Panel will include representatives from the three schools within the College of Visual and Performing Arts (School of Art Design and Art History, School of Theatre and Dance, and School of Music) and is moderated by Kathryn Nusa Logan, executive director of the Office of Creative Propulsion. This panel will provide opportunities to understand the integration among these three schools in the arts.  

Arts Integration Panelists include: 

  • Tara Lee Burns, assistant professor of dance and technology, who comes from a varied dance history of live performance, projection design, and digital making having worked with many NYC & New England dance theater companies and independent artists. 

  • Sangjun Yoo, assistant professor of graphic design, explores the temporal and architectural evolution of screens, where invisibility transforms into visibility, blending image and information. 

  • Dr. Rachel Grimsby, assistant professor of music education, with over fifteen years of experience teaching elementary general and choral music. 

Creative Careers Week was planned to provide an enriching experience for students of all levels interested in pursuing careers in the arts and is set to inspire and guide Dukes towards fulfilling and successful creative paths. For more information on Creative Careers Week, please visit 

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Published: Friday, January 26, 2024

Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024

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