Public Art Specialist

Public Art Specialist(Senior Management Specialist –Public Art for Public Schools)Public Art for Public Schools (PAPS), a unit within the New York City School Construction Authority, was established in 1989 to oversee the Department of Education’s collection of permanent artwork in the city’s schools. PAPS commissions site-specific public art for new schools and oversees the preservation of nearly 2000 artworks in the collection. We have an excellent career opportunity for a Senior Management Specialist –Public Art for Public Schools. Position requires experience in public art, arts project management, gallery management, registrar, curating or art fabrication/design.Major responsibilities: Coordinate and manage Public Art for Public Schools (PAPS) new permanent art commissions through all phases of development from artist selection to final installation. Serve as liaison between artist, various School Construction Authority (SCA) Departments and Divisions, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, consultants, and outside contractors. Lead and organize meetings with various SCA Departments and Divisions, artists, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, consultants, and outside contractors. Provide curatorial assistance with cultivating artists for PAPS registry, artist selection and press material for PAPS Director. Maintain records and track projects in PAPS database. Recommend approval of artist and consultant expenditures. Responsible for preparation and tracking of all Finance documents and contracts for processing in coordination with appropriate SCA Departments and Divisions. Administer insurance coverage for all PAPS projects. Ensure adherence to design and safety requirements, schedule, budget, codes and standards. Oversee conservation, restoration and maintenance of artwork in the collection. Conduct site visits and condition reports on existing artwork in the collection. Assist with Collection Management programs. Prepare project reports for PAPS Director. Assist Management with special projects and/or initiatives.Requirements:Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; and five (5) years of full-time experience in consulting, design and implementation of management reports, or operations, and/or management analysis; basic MS office experience; or a satisfactory combination of education and experience.We offer excellent benefits including medical, dental, prescription and vision coverage; retirement savings plans including pension, 401K, 457 and IRA options and generous paid time off are just a sample of our benefits. Salary Range: $72,149.00 – $122,460.00 annually dependent upon qualifications. Visit our website https://nycsca.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/External_Career_Site & apply to Job R-FY22-59New York City School Construction Authority is an equal opportunity employer.

Manager of Exhibitions and Public Programs

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is located at the gateway of the Cultural District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Center, named for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and Pittsburgh native, August Wilson, showcases nationally and internationally renowned performing and visual artists, as well as supports and nurtures the burgeoning local arts community. This programming connects the entire community to the rich, substantive artistic content that reflects the African Diaspora. The August Wilson African American Cultural Center offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 492-seat theater for performances in all genres, multipurpose spaces for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, community programs and events. The Center is housed in an iconic building designed by award winning architect, Alison Williams. Offering the community, a distinctive mix of cultural spaces as well as a rehearsal studio, sweeping walkways and ample community gathering and meeting spaces, this bold facility serves as a true “center,” a place of coming together where all manner of art, artistic expression and community conversation are welcomed and encouraged. The AWAACC seeks a full-time visual arts and gallery management professional to manage the public programs for visual arts projects, and to manage the commission/opening, and ongoing management of the first and one of its kind, permanent exhibit honoring the life and work Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, August Wilson. The Manager of Exhibitions and Public Programs will develop materials to support all visual arts exhibits, lead gallery tours, develop scripts and train docents, gallery attendants, and volunteers to support The Writer’s Landscape exhibit as well as other visual arts endeavors presented by the AWAACC. The development and management of the internal and external visual arts footprint will be managed along with curators for the visual arts. The candidate should have a knowledge of African American and African diasporic art, exhibition design and ability to work with curators and artists. Primary Responsibilities: POSITION DESCRIPTION · Manage and coordinate all aspects of The Writer’s Landscape permanent exhibit as the primary contact with artist(s)/ gallery(s) /fabricator(s), public · Work closely with the design team, ensure installation timing and requirements are met; arrange any shipping; serve as primary contact with the facilities and art installers; communicate with exhibit designers and architects to facilitate production and adhere to deadlines · Manage the acquisition of artifacts for permanent exhibition and assist with registration of art donations to collection · Plan public opening event for The Writer’s Landscape with programming staff · Lead donor tours of special exhibitions and The Writer’s Landscape and other gallery installations in coordination with Development Department · Aid with institutional editing and proofreading for all gallery exhibitions in coordination with Marketing Department · Plan and implement quarterly Art After Dark and gallery opening receptions · Under the supervision of the President/Artistic Director, research and propose artists and projects, support curator(s) in creation of presentations for the AWAACC and specifically The Writer’s Landscape · Responsible for the interpretation of The Writer’s Landscape and other installations for variety of audiences · Produce or oversee creation of extended texts and didactics relating to public art projects · Develop public programs to support The Writer’s Landscape and all visual arts programs · Develop, promote, and lead public tours, school field trips (in coordination with Education/Community Department) of the various exhibits · Work with Marketing/PR to develop virtual gallery tours for website · Create social media in coordination with Social Media Coordinator to support visual arts programs · Liaise with artists to coordinate artist talks, workshops in coordination with Education/Community Engagement Department Qualifications · 5+ years of arts-related project management experience · Academic knowledge of African American and African art and history · Ability to manage multiple projects and to meet deadlines · Bachelor’s degree (MA preferred) in museum studies, art history, curatorial studies, or arts administration · Knowledge of contemporary art and museum practices is a must · Be abreast of current curatorial and exhibition management practices and active participation in professional development communities within this arena · Ability to foster and maintain collegial, professional interactions between artists, arts educators, curators, and designers · Ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment · Excellent written and oral communication skills · Proficient in Microsoft Office; experienced in Photoshop, Adobe suite, and Excel Starting salary is $53,000 annually.

Marketing Manager

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) is located at the gateway of the Cultural District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The, named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and Pittsburgh native, August Wilson, showcases nationally and internationally renowned performing and visual artists, as well as supports and nurtures the burgeoning local arts community. This programming connects the entire community to the rich, substantive artistic content that reflects the African Diaspora. The AWAACC offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 492-seat theater for performances in all genres, multipurpose spaces for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, community programs and events. The Center is housed in an iconic building designed by award winning architect, Alison Williams. Offering the community, a distinctive mix of cultural spaces as well as a rehearsal studio, sweeping walkways and ample community gathering and meeting spaces, this bold facility servs as a true ‘center’, a place of coming together where all manner of art, artistic expression and community conversation are welcomed and encouraged. The AWAACC need an enthusiastic and motivated Marketing Manager to showcase the Center. Duties and Responsibilities: · Develops marketing plans, interacts with marketing consultants on advertising/promotional campaigns for assigned AWAACC presentations · Coordinates advertising buys with media outlets and works with designers to create marketing materials per the ad plan · Manages print and electronic communications relative to assigned presentations Collaborates with all departments to promote and develop marketing plans · Strategizes with the Director of Communications to develop plans for maximum exposure for all programing initiatives · Manages website development, updates, and content management · Oversees and assists with social media on all platforms · Manages consultants working on festival marketing and social media · Interfaces with IT consultants on variety of initiatives · Understand tracking of social media interactions and effective brand strategies · Keeps AWAACC on the cusp of new marketing technologies, while retaining effective marketing techniques for variety of audiences · Direct point of contact for all matters related to the AWAACC website · Plays an active role in content creation for the organization’s website and social media channels · Develops promotional events to maximize sales for AWAACC events · Creates and schedules email and mail marketing · Works with community engagement coordinator to develop marketing partnerships within the community-at-large · Represents the AWAACC at community and professional events Core Qualifications: · Passionate about arts, culture and education and has experience working with the community, high school, or college students · Strong leadership and public speaking skills · Able to work cooperatively and independently to achieve organizational goals · Highly organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented, creative, strategic, professional, and able to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines · Excellent communication skills, especially in the areas of writing and proofreading · Comfortable providing high-level customer service · Available to work nights and weekends the AWAACC season · Thrives in a fast-paced work environment · Demonstrates a history of successful project management · Experienced with handling confidential information in a discreet manner Education / Experience: · BA degree in marketing, communications, or related field required. · Candidate should be a well-organized self-starter. · Minimum 5-7 years of marketing or communications experience preferred; excellent communications skills, both spoken and written, are essential; excellent computer skills necessary · Savvy in social media, has a positive online personal presence to best represent the organization. · Able to multitask and be flexible. · Ability to work will weekends and some holidays as needed Starting salary is $48,000/year To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to dyoung@aacc-awc.org

Member Spotlight: Asiyah Kurtz

Located in Camden, New Jersey, Camden FireWorks is a Black-led, community-based arts organization that works to grow, gather, and invest in artists and artists-to-be in the Camden community. Executive Director Asiyah Kurtz is an applied anthropologist with 20 years of experience in leadership of private, nonprofit, and public sectors.You became executive director at Camden FireWorks in February 2021, almost a year into arts organizations having to close their doors to the public due to COVID-19. What drew you to the role and the organization, especially during COVID?
Asiyah Kurtz
After being in New Jersey for nearly five years—almost all of that time devoted to cultural sustainability research or my work as councilperson for the Borough of Haddon Heights—I was craving new opportunities. 
Like so many people, pandemic life gave me the space to reassess my career and contemplate the work I wanted to engage on the other side of COVID-19. With a career spanning more than two decades, I know that I thrive best when I am in an environment where I have diverse responsibilities and when there is alignment in the organization’s mission and my values. The reality is that while the pandemic made the world pause for a while, it also was a great time for me to join Camden FireWorks. FireWorks is community-based and began as a grassroots arts organization, so my interest was piqued because I saw an opportunity to effect positive change in the city. The fact that I would be personally working with Camden artists was the thing that convinced me that this was the right position, and I was the right person for it.
As only the second director of the organization, how are you making your mark? What changes have you made, or methods introduced?
One of my favorite organizations, Feminist Art Coalition, includes in their mission that they are “motivated by the ethical imperative to effect change and promote equality within their organization and work.” It is difficult to say how I have made my mark to this point, but what I hope is that the artists, community, and funders with whom we partner see me lead from a place of intentionality and a high ethical imperative. 
Because we are located in a majority Black and Brown city, it is important that our programming be reflective of the community. This year we have not only included bilingual programming in our schedule but also issued calls for artists in both English and Spanish. Representation matters, so we also began tracking the demographic data of our teaching artists to ensure that our patrons see themselves in our work. 
As a young arts organization, we had previously only relied on volunteers to teach our open studio workshops for our first five years of operations. With the support of our Board, one of the changes I made this year was to pay a meaningful wage to teaching artists for their time, labor, and talent. If I have anything to do with it, there will be no starving artists in Camden.
FireWorks’ mission is to use art to create social change. How can art bridge division or create connection within communities for greater social justice?
The portrait subject becomes the photographer at Erik James Montgomery’s Camden ReFramed exhibition on illegal dumping, photo by Asiyah Kurtz.
This is a great question! I believe that the answer is specific to the community of interest. For example, here in Camden illegal dumping, air pollution, and flooding are serious issues. The city spends $4 million each year just to manage the illegal dump sites. Camden FireWorks is part of the curatorial team for A New View—Camden, a $1 million Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge project. The project uses art as an intervention by transforming six illegal dumping sites in Camden into dynamic art spaces. 
We have also used this year to interrogate environmental injustice through our workshops and exhibitions. Our two most recent shows were Erik James Montgomery’s Camden ReFramed, a photographic exhibition personalizing the impact of illegal dumping, and We Are Here, a multi-disciplinary group show that includes the work of mixed media collage artist Danielle Cartier, poet Loan Nguyen, and design artist Terina Nicole, to name a few.
I am proud that our work challenges the prevailing negative narrative about Camden but also that we can uplift and support emerging artists in our city.
What are you looking forward to for FireWorks in 2022? What’s on the horizon for you and the organization?
For FireWorks, 2022 will be a year of capacity-building not only for our organization but also for Camden artists. We are currently working to offer cohort training called FireWorks of Art that will provide business and marketing skills training to artists in our community. If this comes to fruition, I foresee this becoming a critical part of our program offerings because it addresses equity disparities in the arts while providing a solid foundation for artists to hone their careers. 
I am also looking forward to adding additional staff to the organization, particularly professionals with expertise in fundraising, donor development, social media engagement, and marketing strategy. Our goals are to recruit intentionally and hire well, so I am optimistic that we will bring the right people to Camden FireWorks to help continue building a culture of equity and inclusion. 
Participants at a FireWorks charcoal art workshop take their sketching practice outdoors, photo by Asiyah Kurtz.
You’re also a self-taught quilter. What attracts you to that art practice?
I have always been attracted to the things that seem most difficult to accomplish! I was the first woman in my family to graduate college, the first Black elected official in the history of my town, and no one else in my family for at least three generations before me was a quilter.
Quilting is the perfect art practice for me because it mirrors the work that I’ve done as a researcher and politician: weaving together seemingly disparate pieces to create solutions that address macro-issues. Like many quilters, I name the things that I make because I believe that names not only serve as a place marker in our evolution as artists, but also connect us to the people who enjoy our art. 
Many years from now when I become an ancestor, I hope that I have left behind a legacy that says that I cared deeply about the people in my family and the Camden community.

Americans for the Arts Membership
This series features the many Americans for the Arts members doing transformative work for arts education, public art, advocacy, arts marketing, and more. An Americans for the Arts Membership connects you with this network of more than 6,000 arts leaders and gives you access to latest professional development and research. You can become a member by visiting us online, sending an email to membership@artsusa.org, or calling 202.371.2830.

Weekly Web Roundup: Oct. 22, 2021

A person tilts their head back and shouts at the sky. They wear Indigenous clothes and face paint.
Friday, October 22, 2021

This week: A new arts education bill needs your support, the power of local arts agencies, exploring the importance of Indigenous stories and media, managing transitions at arts organizations, elevating the work of our members, and a day for conservators to shine on social media.

Global Visual Arts Curator

Artpark & Company is seeking a Global Visual Arts curator specializing in outdoor public art installations to work in partnership on the selection, management and support of artists’ projects integral to the newly established Artpark Visual and Public Arts strategy. Successful candidate will have extensive bandwidth for artistic, funding and marketing capacities.The Global Curator will be responsible for the discovery of the art outside of the commonly held boundaries of expression, maintaining the global reputation of Artpark as a state for cultural innovation.The three-year Artpark Visual & Public Arts Plan focuses on the following programmatic agenda: Laboratory, Interaction, Restoration and Wayfinding. Through the development of these programs, we will grow an Artpark that is:a place where arts and a clean environment are accessible to all.a generative laboratory where issues affecting modern society and the environment are made tangible through artistic investigation and expression.an institution promoting joy of human expression, cultural democracy, equity, and inclusion at every level.Artpark’s renewed artistic strategy holds that artists ignite the imagination to inspire a new vision for a sustainable future. This program supports artist-led multi-disciplined teams creating works both temporary and long-lasting, which: – Reveal the unique environmental assets of the region, drawing visitors through the Niagara Gorge corridor of the New York State Parks;- Participate in the region’s natural, cultural, and social traditions notably the Haudenosaunee, and other rural and urban populations;- Foster connection among natural, geological, social, industrial, and technological cultures with Artpark’s unique ecology; an important commitment of our time is to meet the world’s pressing environmental and social challenges. Within the Artpark Laboratory artists and their audiences reimagine life going forward in ways that will make communities more resilient and sustainable.Through these programs Artpark will promote a deeper understanding of history and the natural systems and human infrastructures that support contemporary life. The program expands the region’s profile as an unparalleled destination to experience natural beauty of the Niagara region.The Global Curator position is designed so that it can be managed remotely from any country, with approximately 3-4 annual visits to Lewiston, NY. Our intention is to attract a curator of national or international caliber who is seeking an exciting curatorial opportunity and who does not wish to relocate.This position is being created as one member of a three-person team exercising a collective leadership structure. The Global Curator Regional curator will partner with the Regional Curator on program execution, and the Director of Development on project funding. Global curator will have the opportunity to coordinate with Artpark Indigenous Arts Producer on events that include contemporary and indigenous art. Global Curator will report to the President of Artpark on overall strategy and major developments. This staff structure was developed as a part of the 2020 Artpark Visual Arts Master Plan as a key strategy to reignite Artpark’s visual art legacy._________________________________Global Curator Position DescriptionThe collective leadership of Artpark President, Global and Regional curators shape not only the existing artistic vision, but also consider long-term strategy and tactics for future artistic projects that will continue to foreground the role of art in society. The Global Curator is respected for his/her contributions to the discussion and understanding of contemporary culture. He/she is externally motivated, brings new ideas, new artists, and new partners to the organization to help expand our work, mission, and vision.The Global Curator will curate visual arts projects that build on the successful history of the organization. The Global Curator is knowledgeable and passionate about contemporary art practices and is engaged with a broad knowledge about the larger cultural sphere. The Global Curator has extensive experience working with artists. He/she is committed to best practices to ensure quality and impact of programming. The Global Curator works closely with the Regional Curator and the VP of Fundrasing and Development to expand Artpark’s existing funding sources, plan, fund, market, and realize artist’s projects. The Global Curator sees fundraising and marketing as serious responsibilities, helping to provide competitive and compelling language and information for fundraising and marketing teams.Global Curator reports directly to Artpark’s President.Compensation and Benefits: This position is available on either contract or employment basis, subject to candidate’s location and working preference.Qualifications:At least ten years of curatorial experience in multiple organizations known for innovation and creativity is required. Master’s Degree preferred. Proven track record in curating, realizing and funding major public art projectsDeep involvement with the creative industries and a network to the contemporary artist community is needed. Exemplary speaking, writing, and public presentation skills are required.Required Skills/Abilities:Self-starter with ability to work independently, entrepreneurially, and remotely, functioning effectively within a team. While working remotely, candidate must be able to commit to a full time-equivalent work load / availability and regular travel with a minimum of 24 days on site over the 12 month period.Personal and professional commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion in the arts.Proficient in office and remote communication software, project management and data storage systems.How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing your interest, relevant background, and skills, three references, and a current portfolio of work. In your cover letter, describe your approach to working remotely and working as a part of a team. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position will remain open until a candidate is hired.Please email to: curatorsearch@artpark.net with the subject line: Global Curator Position Artpark is an equal-opportunity employer.More information: https://www.artpark.net/global-visual-arts-curator

Manager of Leadership Programs

The Manager of Leadership Programs reports directly to the Senior Director of Leadership and bears many responsibilities, including running point on operations and logistical management of Sphinx LEAD (administrative leadership program), components of SphinxConnect (annual global convening), and other elements of the Leadership portfolio. Core responsibilities for this position include implementing the operational processes for these programs, specifically maximizing the efficiency and ultimate value of their offerings. The position duties include, but are not limited to, the following:·Ensure logistical success for Sphinx LEAD, including implementing the leadership retreats for the Sphinx LEAD program, and serve as a liaison with host institutions· Serve as contact for Sphinx LEAD cohort members, addressing or referring their questions and tracking all pertinent information· Support critical elements of SphinxConnect, including speaker and participant preparation (scheduling, paperwork, production needs, occasional travel, and more)A successful candidate for this role will be be passionate about Sphinx’s mission of transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, and will show an aptitude and affinity toward logistics and program implementation. This position calls for flexibility, mental agility, a high level of administrative and computer skills, and an authentic commitment to Sphinx’s core values. Our talented team of vibrant professionals operates in a ROWE environment: while Detroit is our hometown, our programming is national and we are flexible about a candidate’s geographic home base. This is a full-time, early- to mid-career opportunity which offers an excellent benefits package and a starting salary in the $50Ks.Candidates considering this role must have an authentic affinity for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as arts administration. Attention to detail, advanced skills in synthesizing information, and confidence with computers/technology will be essential in this position.To apply, please upload your resume and a brief statement of interest to the URL below by October 22, 2021.https://www.dropbox.com/request/jAvHq9aa4nTQvuOEzyUV?oref=eThe statement should describe your interest in the role and the mission of Sphinx, as well as your long-term career objectives.All applicants treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.Application deadline: October 22, 2021.

Arts Education for All Act Introduced

On Oct. 15, 2021, the Arts Education for All Act (H.R. 5581) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR). Additional original sponsors include Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM), both ardent arts and culture champions. This legislation is endorsed by Grantmakers in the Arts, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Americans for the Arts, the Arts Action Fund, and nearly 300 other organizations. Read the press release from Rep. Bonamici as well as a bill summary and the full text of the legislation.The Arts Education for All Act, the broadest arts education policy bill ever introduced in Congress, includes key provisions that will support and encourage the offering of arts education and programming experiences to Americans including our youngest learners, K-12 students, and youth impacted by the juvenile justice system. Crucially, the bill also will include provisions that would allow for rigorous arts and arts education research to be carried out to further inform how elementary and secondary education in our country is improved. 
Rep. Bonamici hosted a virtual reception introducing this legislation, which can be viewed on her YouTube page. Josh Groban, a member of Americans for the Arts’ Artists Committee, participated in the reception offering his support for the Arts Education for All Act.
Organizations can sign on to endorse this legislation using this form. Individuals can take action and ask their members of Congress to become cosponsors of the Arts Education for All Act.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 1300-seat non-profit performing arts center in Morristown, seeks a candidate to assist with all areas of the theatre’s digital marketing, including social media content and engagement, data analysis and digital advertising. This is a great opportunity for someone with 2-3 years’ experience with a passion for the arts, experience with digital and social platforms, and an interest in data analysis and trends. As an essential member of the Marketing team, you will assist with developing and implementing an overall social media content and digital communications strategy to support sales and marketing efforts around shows, programs, and MPAC’s institutional mission. Specific areas of responsibility include: Social Media · Develop and post engaging social content in accordance with the communications calendar on platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn · Monitor social channels and respond to and engage with participants in a voice consistent with the theatre · Identify target audiences and digital outreach opportunities for upcoming shows, including promotions and partnerships · Coordinate and implement on-site social posting at key MPAC events, at times in evenings or on weekends · Work closely with all departments to identify opportunities to capture institutional content and develop creative campaigns for social media channels. Provide guidance on social content and channels to other departments internally. Digital Advertising and Analytics · Implement digital advertising campaigns and traffic creative for 3rd party sites · Utilize Facebook Ads Manager to implement robust paid social campaigns · Create and optimize paid SEM campaigns through Google AdWords · Utilize MPAC’s CRM system (Tessitura) and digital platforms to develop target audiences · Track performance through UTM links · Create reports on digital ROI using available tools and use data to inform strategies around patron experience, audience and member growth, and revenue goals. · Assist with SEO efforts on our Wordpress platform Content Creation and Management: · Create content for social media and advertising campaigns in accordance with MPAC’s branding guidelines · Manage library of assets of digital photo and video assets · Simple video production for in-house and advertising purposes Responsibilities will include other duties as required by the department. Desired Qualifications: 2-3 years related work experience · Ability to create all content consistent with MPAC’s brand guidelines and strategic goals · Proficient with social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube Experience with Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Facebook Business Manager Basic graphic design skills (Adobe Creative Suite) Basic video production skills in iMovie, Adobe and/or Final Cut Excellent communication, project management and organizational skills Ability to work on select weekday evenings and weekends required. Experience in CRM systems, i.e. Tessitura, is a plus but not required