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Careers in the Arts: Erica Russell, Donor Programs Officer

Have you been wanting to meet with established museum professionals to hear how they got where they are and what do they actually do? Do you have questions you want answered? This series of four programs, co-presented with Alpha Arts at the University of Toronto, is an opportunity to learn from four staff members who work at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. Each program will begin with the professional speaking approximately 15 minutes about their education and duties. Then, an open 'question period' will last approximately 45 minutes! These programs are sure to open your eyes and minds to a possible career in the arts.

Erica Russell is a Canadian-Gabonese arts administrator, currently based in Toronto working as the Donor Programs Officer after working for over three years as the Executive Associate in the Director’s Office at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Prior to joining The Power Plant, she was a Gallery Assistant at Union Gallery located in Edinburgh, Scotland. Erica holds a Master’s of Science in Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and an Honours Bachelor’s degree in History and Arts Administration from the University of Ottawa. Erica is also a Board Member at Black Artists' Network in Dialogue (BAND) gallery and cultural centre.

Alpha Arts connects professionals with current students who are in the Arts Program at University of Toronto. Alpha Arts is committed to helping Humanities and Social Science students, from academic choices, community activities, to background improvement and career planning, connecting students from different levels in the humanities and social sciences to exchange experiences with each other.