1st Edition

Professionalization in the Creative Sector Policy, Collective Action, and Institutionalization

Edited By Margaret J. Wyszomirski, WoongJo Chang Copyright 2024
    306 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book seeks to better understand the processes and influences that have driven professionalization in the arts. It develops an analytical framework that examines how processes of professionalization that typically influence and shape work conditions and occupational status are, in the creative sector, augmented by atypical worker efforts and choices to self-structure their protean careers.

    The book brings together a collection of works that explore the specific trajectories of professionalization in a variety of creative occupations as well as the formative processes that work across many creative occupations. In particular, the scholarship presented focuses on the interaction of three key variables: field growth and institutionalization, mutual benefit organization within fields and occupations, and the intervention of cultural policy to validate and foster professional support structures. In the broader context of expanding globalization, growing awareness of diversity, and tectonic shifts in technology, this volume unveils research-based implications for cultural policy, cultural workers, and cultural organizations.

    This book will be of interest to researchers, creative professionals, as well as undergraduate and graduate-level students in the fields of arts administration and culture.

    1. Professionalization in the Creative Sector: Processes and Trends

    Margaret J. Wyszomirski & WoongJo Chang


    Part One


    2. Sustaining Atypical Professions: Professional Structuration in the Creative Sector

    WoongJo Chang & Margaret J. Wyszomirski


    3. Cultural Policy Tools and Rising Professionalism in American Arts, 1963-1996

    Margaret J. Wyszomirski


    4. Passion and Profession: Individual Artists, Professional Development, and the Role of Foundations

    Claudia J. Bach


    5. The Dual Professional: The Artist/Manager in Small Arts Organizations

    WoongJo Chang


    6. Strategic Planning for the Creative Professional: A Curriculum Proposal for Career Development Design

    Javier J. Hernández Acosta


    Part Two


    7. Actors’ Equity Association and the Professionalization of the Acting Vocation

    Rachel Shane


    8. The Fractured Professionalization in Arts Education

    Young-ah Koh & Ann Galligan


    9. Cultural Value and Professionalization of Emerging Contemporary Artists

    Ian Fillis, Boram Lee, & Ian Fraser


    10. Strategic or Struggling? Professionalizing Philanthropy in Nonprofit Arts Organizations

    Chiara Carolina Donelli & Ruth Rentschler


    11. Performing Arts Center Managers: A Crucial Profession in Community Performing Arts Sectors

    Patricia Dewey Lambert


    12. ‘I am a Professional dancer’: The Case of Professionalization in Disability Arts

    Ruth Rentschler, Boram Lee, Jung Yoon, & Ayse Collins


    13. Making a Buck Through Blockchain: Artist Entrepreneurship in the Artworld

    Minha Lee


    14. Epilogue: Challenges for Creative Professionalism

    Margaret J. Wyszomirski & WoongJo Chang


    Margaret J. Wyszomirski is Professor Emerita of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University, USA.

    WoongJo Chang is Associate Professor of Arts and Cultural Management at Hongik University, Seoul, Korea.