Fair to highlight careers in art


BEACON FALLS — Woodland Regional High School art teacher Christopher Misuraca wants students to know there are viable career options in the arts and he’s working to spread the word.

In February, Misuraca organized a Fine Arts Night at the school that featured Woodland alumni, who now work in creative fields, discussing career options with students. When Misuraca was thinking about how to follow that up, he decided to put together a Fine Arts College Fair Night.

The fair is Tuesday at Woodland, 135 Back Rimmon Road. Representatives from seven art colleges — University of Connecticut Fine Arts, Hartford Art School, Lesley University Art School, Monserrat, Paier, Maine College of Art and Savannah College of Art and Design — will be on hand for the evening to discuss careers in the arts and what it takes to get into an art school.

Misuraca said there’s a misconception that there are no viable careers in the arts, which he feels dissuades students from pursuing a job in a creative field. However, he said, in reality there is a board array of jobs in the arts, such as graphic and website design or architecture.

Misuraca said he’s hoping to inform students and parents about the options available to them when it comes to following an artistic career path.

The Fine Arts College Fair Night is open to students from Woodland, Naugatuck, Oxford, Seymour, Sacred Heart and Holy Cross high schools. The fair starts at 6 p.m.