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Call For Rhode Island Artists At T.F. Green Airport – $300 Stipend

July 22nd, 2016

The GREEN SPACE Gallery at T.F. Green Airport is accepting art submissions for their 2017 exhibitions.  The gallery program is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.  The spaces will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

Works in all media will be considered.  Note that GREEN SPACE includes several large walls and open spaces that are particularly suitable for large-scale works.

Eligibility:  All participating artists must be RI residents.  No students please.

Entry Deadline:  October 1, 2016

Selection:  Artists will be selected for the 2017 exhibitions by a review panel that will include practicing artists, arts professionals and community members. Artists included in the 2017 exhibitions will receive a $300 stipend for participating in the program.

Artists are encouraged to apply to the gallery, even if they have applied in previous years and not been selected. Artists who have exhibited previously are ineligible for new consideration for a period of two years.

To apply, please submit the following via email:

-A link to your current web site that includes images with captions (title, year, media, size), a current bio and artist’s statement;

Or

-A link to a Flickr page showing images of one’s artwork with captions  (title, year, media, size) and attach to the email a current bio and artist’s statement.

To apply, please email submissions to AirportArtsRI@gmail.com. Please note “GREEN SPACE” in the subject line of the email. Note that GREEN SPACE selects nine artists to exhibit in three group shows per year.

If selected, artists agree to suitably frame, wire or otherwise prepare their artwork for display at their own expense. Artwork is hung at gallery coordinator’s discretion, and gallery coordinator reserves the right of final selection of artwork and approval of installation. Artwork is not insured by the galleries during exhibition; artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance. Artwork may be listed for sale if desired, and any sales are direct without commission to the galleries.

To learn more about this opportunity and view photos of the exhibition space, please visit: http://www.arts.ri.gov/public/airports/ and the Public Art Archive, http://www.publicartarchive.org/search/apachesolr_search/TF%20gReen%20airport?filters=im_work_coll_nid%3A77451 .

Please address any questions regarding this call to Molly Dickinson, Coordinator, at AirportArtsRI@gmail.com or 401-845-0890.

 

About RISCA:
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

About RIAC:
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport and is a supporter of the arts in Rhode Island and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island.  A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions for T. F. Green Airport.

 

 

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Common Fence Music Search for Musical Director

July 21st, 2016

Common Fence Music (CFM) is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization that presents primarily acoustic music rooted in American and world traditions. The organization was founded in 1993 from a vision that providing folk and roots music of many cultural traditions would enhance the cultural life of the community. There are approximately 15 concerts each year that represent acoustic musical traditions including American, Celtic, Cajun, African, Latino, and Klezmer. Families and individuals come to our rented space, Common Fence Point Community Hall, in Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, RI, early with their dinner picnic baskets and stay for the concert.
The concert series is administered by a part time Musical Director and volunteers. CFM has a Board of Directors that oversees the organization.
The mission of CFM is to:
♪ Present artists and musical genres underplayed in the region.
♪ Create a community among people who attend through the intimate atmosphere
and sharing of the “folk tailgate party” experience.

♪ Nurture emerging artists, including singer-songwriters.
♪ Preserve older musical forms, often practiced in small circles of devotees,
but not widely presented in this community.
♪ Educate area youth to appreciate and participate in folk and world music
and reach out to underserved youth in Newport County.
We are searching for a Musical Director beginning in January 2017. The individual will begin training in the fall of 2016 by coming to several CFM concerts and observing the work of the current Musical Director, Tom Perrotti.

Among the duties of the Musical Director are:

Work with booking agents, managers and artists to schedule the 15 shows per year (during the months of September, October, November, December, March, April and May). This includes negotiating the contracts for each show.
Manage the CFM concerts. This includes coordinating the concert box office volunteer staff, handling telephone calls, coordinating Brown Paper Tickets, depositing night of show receipts (ticket sales, raffle proceeds, kitchen sales), coordinating day of performance room layout and table/chair setup, and being a liaison to the membership chair.
Organize the logistics of the performers which includes arranging for their overnight accommodations and meals, hiring the sound system, being a liaison between band and sound engineer.
Coordinate the marketing for all of the shows.
Be responsible for public relations which includes advertising the specifics of each show, writing and distributing press releases, being a liaison with the graphic designer.
Work closely with the grant writing team in order to insure the financial health of CFM.
Work closely with the CFM Board of Directors.
Compensation: $10,000 per year with the possibility of yearly bonuses which is dependent on the finances of CFM for that year.
In order to apply for the CFM Musical Director position please send us a cover letter indicating your interest in the job of Musical Director and your resume. Send the letter and resume to CFM board member and grant writer Irene Glasser, at Irene_Glasser@brown.edu.
Please respond by August 22, 2016.
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Riverzedge recruiting bi-lingual media and marketing VISTA

July 20th, 2016

Job Title:              Riverzedge Arts Bi-Lingual Media and Marketing VISTA

Organization:     Riverzedge Arts

Location:             Woonsocket, RI

Salary:                  $11,797 total living stipend for twelve months of service

Start Date:          08/15/2016

Terms:                  Full Time Temporary

 

Job Description

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Launched in 2002, Riverzedge Arts is built on the philosophy that art is a powerful force for social change.  Riverzedge’s mission – “to help individuals and communities reach their full potential through art, design, and creative social enterprise” – is realized through award-winning teen enrichment and job training programs, high-end experiential arts learning in K-12 settings, and community arts and economic development initiatives that convene residents and artists to improve places and quality of life. More information at riverzedgearts.org or facebook/riverzedgearts.

 

Riverzedge is seeking 2 full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members for a one-year service commitment from August 15, 2016 to August 12th, 2017 for which members receive a monthly stipend, health care and other member benefits through the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The Bi-Lingual Media and Marketing VISTAs will help Riverzedge build out parent, community and youth outreach, and further develop engagement and empowerment systems, providing critical capacity to chart our path forward.

 

AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers will help to promote exciting new opportunities, to better document and share our success across a wide range of media and initiatives, and to help us to expand our reach to new participants, volunteers, partners and supporters. These positions are especially critical to our organization’s and city’s goals to increase graduation rates at the high school with the lowest graduation performance in the state of Rhode Island.

 

Fluency in Spanish and Adobe Creative Suite are mandatory!

 

Member activities will support the launch of a new for-credit initiative, new parent programming, the growth and sustainability of youth driven empowerment expansions catalyzed and led by youth, and the overall visibility and success of Riverzedge in meetings goals and objectives through systems building in communications.

 

Other desired skills and attributes:

  • Creative self-starter who produces and documents results
  • Well-organized and professional in diverse settings
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Extensive experience with project management
  • Excellent research, writing and presentation skills
  • Social media savvy
  • Experience working with urban youth and communities

 

Note:  AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program under the Corporation for National and Community Service designed specifically to fight poverty. The VISTA member commits to serve full-time for one full year at a nonprofit organization and receives an $11,797 total living stipend for those twelve months of service. Upon successful completion of the term of service, the Member also receives either an education award of $5,775 or cash award $1,500. For more information on AmeriCorps VISTA, please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista

 

How to Apply

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To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Education Director Karen Barbosa at karen@riverzedgearts.org. Interested parties should apply asap-decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

 

 

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Call for Art: Warwick Art Museum 30th Annual RI Open Juried Exhibit

July 20th, 2016

Call For Art: 30th Annual RI Open Juried Exhibit

Entry Deadline: Sunday, August 14th at 5pm

The Warwick Museum of Art (WMOA) is looking for original works for the RI Open Juried Exhibit. All mediums and subject matter are welcomed for submission. The exhibit runs from Sept. 7 – Oct. 21, 2016.

 

This show is open to artists working in all mediums who live in Rhode Island and students who are currently enrolled in undergrad or graduate art studies in Rhode Island. Works must be original and recent works are preferred; previously submitted works will not be accepted.

 

Exhibit Run: September 7, 2016 – October 21, 2016

 

Entry Deadline: Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 5:00pm

 

Juror: Linnea Toney Leeming: Painter, Educator, and Photographer. To learn more about the juror visit her      website at www.LinneaLeeming.com.

 

Awards: 2 “Excellence Awards” will be presented for $200.00 each; 4 non-cash Honorable Mentions will also be presented. We reserve the right to add prizes if needed.

 

Entry Fee: $15 for one image; $40.00 for up to 3 images. WMOA Members and students in accredited college art programs can deduct $5 from fees when valid student ID is presented. Payments can be made by check (payable to WMOA) or by phone with VISA or MasterCard. All payments are non-refundable and due at the time of submission.

 

How to Submit

:

Email JPEGS of your submissions with the required “Artwork Submission Form” to Director, Taylor Terreri at Taylor@warwickmuseum.org with the subject “30th RI Open.

 

Official “Call For Artwork” and required “Artwork Submission Form”

 

About WMOA

Warwick Museum of Art was established in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is connecting all ages to the arts. Thanks to the generosity of gallery visitors, the City of Warwick, RISCA, and state legislators, works in the main gallery change every 4-8 weeks.

A portion of each gallery purchase supports our yearlong arts and education mission.

 

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Black Spatial Relics (BSR): A New Performance Residency that addresses Slavery, Justice and Freedom

July 19th, 2016

Heimark Artist in Residency Program

Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University

 

 

RESIDENCY

The 2016-2017 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency will support the development of two new performance works that address and incorporate the public history of slavery and contemporary issues of justice.

The artists-in-residence should pay particular attention to the history of the slave trade and its legacies on the Eastern seaboard of the United States through performances that may include dance, theatre or performance art, or spoken word. The residency will enable selected artists to develop works that engage the public history of slavery and bridge or incorporate systemic and inherited connections with contemporary issues of injustice.

Selected artists will convene at The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island in October 2016 for three days of workshops, meetings, and studio development. During the Brown University Commencement Week (May 21-27, 2017), these chosen artists will present their finished works.

Selected artists must identify a partner non-profit institution in their home city that is interested in the local longevity of the project and can provide support to the selected BSR Artist(s). This support may include rehearsal space and other project development needs between the Fall 2016 and the Spring 2017. Partner institutions will be credited in all residency printed and digital materials.

LOGISTICS

Ø  October 2016Three (3) day residency at Brown University in October 2016

This three-day residency will take place between October 17th and October 26th, 2016. Dates will be confirmed by the end of September. This three-day residency will include travel, housing, per diem, and studio time.

 

Ø  November 2016—May 2017Development of performance project

During this development period, BSR artists-in-residency will check in with the CSSJ (via Skype or another similar medium) at mutually agreed upon intervals between November 2016 and May 2017.

Ø  May 2017Seven (7) Day residency at Brown University

This seven-day residency will allow BSR artists-in-residence to finalize and perform new work. Dates will be confirmed at least one month prior to the beginning of this phase. Completed works will be presented during the Brown University Commencement Week (May 21st—27th, 2017).  This seven-day residency will include travel, housing, per diem, and studio time.


AWARD

DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT: An award in the amount of $3,000 will be granted to each artist or each pair of artists selected as part of this residency. The award will be payable in three equal installments (October, 2016; February, 2017; and May, 2017).

PRODUCTION SUPPORT: BSR artists’ work will be produced by the Brown University’s Department of Africana Studies’ Rites and Reason Theatre and presented in its 100-seat black box theatre.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Project proposals from individual artists or from groups of two artists are welcome.

Applicants must:

·         Be an emerging and/or mid-career professional artist(s);

·         Be available to participate during ALL program dates at Brown University;

·         Be available to develop new work based on the BSR Residency criteria and within the scheduled outlined above;

·         Be additionally supported by a host not-for-profit organization or institution that will help develop and continue the presentation of the new work; and

·         Be local to a US region with ties to the transatlantic slave trade (see the illustrated maps at the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project website for further information).

SELECTION CRITERIA

The BSR artists-in-residence will be selected based on criteria that includes, but is not limited to, the following requirements:

·         A demonstrated ability and commitment to developing new artistic work around public histories of slavery and social justice concerns;

·         A track record of partnerships with organizations and/or institutions in home region;

·         Strong collaborative work history; and

·         Experience leading workshops and/or master classes.


About the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world.

Black Spatial Relics is a residency program of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) with generous program support through the 2017 Heimark Artist in Residency Program.

 


APPLICATION

DEADLINE:  ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE INTERFOLIO SYSTEM AT apply.interfolio.com/36179

BY
August 14th 5PM EST

MATERIALS:

·         Cover page that must include:

o   legal name (first and last) and professional name (if different from legal name);

o   union memberships/affiliations;

o   city/location;

o   email address;

o   phone number; and

o   the partnering organization name and a brief description (50 words or less).

*         Include the address of the organization and contact information for a sponsoring individual at the organization.

  • Three (3) work samples that must include:
    • Video, text and/or collection of photos of the works; and
    • At least one (1) work sample that must be a video (max. 5 minutes).

 

  • Resume/CV that must
    • Include three (3) references with name, affiliation, and phone/email;
    • Be recently updated; and
    • Submitted in PDF format.

·         Letter of Partnership from a local cultural organization or institution that will provide space or other support for the development of this performance work. Letter of Partnership must be submitted confidentially via the interfolio system

·         Artist Statement (max. 2500 words) that addresses the following:

o   What is your proposed project?

o   How do you describe the art that you make?

o   What conversations you are most interested in as an artist?

o   How is this project related to social justice issues in your area that concern Black populations?

o   How do you plan to research and integrate the public history of the slave trade into your work?

o   How does this residency affect the development of your career?

QUESTIONS: If you have questions prior to submission, please email:
maiyah_gamble-rivers@brown.edu.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

 

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Call for Artists: Outdoor Art Exhibition, Bartow Pell Mansion Museum

July 18th, 2016

Submission Deadline: July 24, 2016

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum invites artists to submit their work for an outdoor, temporary group exhibition to celebrate the centennial of its formal gardens (September 2–October 23, 2016). Artworks that complement the formal gardens and surrounding natural environment, draw on the history of the site, or inspire dialogue, are encouraged. Possible themes may include, but are not limited to, kinetic art incorporating elements in nature; history of gardens and their uses, such as food, medicine, or pleasure; the local ecosystem; or how the built environment co-exists with nature. Artworks must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions and high-traffic areas, suitable for family viewing, and safe for children. All media will be considered, but electrical access is not guaranteed.  Artists will be responsible for fabrication, transportation, installation, maintenance, deinstallation, and site restoration, including providing tools, materials, and equipment. Selected artists will receive a $200 stipend to help cover materials, transportation, or installation. There is no entry fee to apply. Proposals must include: Description of proposed artwork (title, medium, dimensions, weight, anchoring procedure); Artist’s statement describing the relevance of the proposed work to the site; 3-10 images of work samples labeled with artist name and artwork title (photographs of existing work and/or working drawings of proposed new work); Artist’s resume or CV. EMAIL PROPOSALS BY JULY 24, 2016 TO: bartowpellart@gmail.com. For more information:http://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/pdfs/callForArtists2016.pdf

 

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Exciting Collaboration between East Providence Arts Council and the Steel Yard to Create Large-Scale Public Sculpture

July 15th, 2016

The East Providence Arts Council (EPAC) has announced an exciting sculpture-making opportunity run by the Steel Yard for the City of East Providence. The large-scale public sculpture will reside in a prominent, currently vacant parcel in Watchemocket Square (see below), and will be visible from the new Linear Park, the segment of the East Bay Bike Path that runs alongside I-195 East. The Steel Yard released a thorough Request For Proposals, requesting artists to submit proposals for an eye-catching piece that considers the history, diversity, and nautical character of the area. Together, the Steel Yard and EPAC will choose a finalist, who will design then build the sculpture in the Steel Yard’s historic metal shop. You can expect to see the sculpture in place by the end of this year!

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Call for Entry – From the Pastoral to the Political

July 15th, 2016

Juror: Leah Niederstadt, Professor of Museum Studies, Art History, and Curator of Permanent Collections at Wheaton College

Concept: Food production, land use, and the building of community are interconnected themes. What is the relationship between the local food movement, farming and how we look at issues such as agribusiness, GMOs, and man-made chemicals? How has the preservation of land and natural resources become vital? The various local food movements found across the country have helped build their communities and created new economies.

This national juried exhibition seeks to explore the potential of artists within this dialogue. What do artists have to say about localism, how are they responding to these issues in their work, and what can contemporary art add to this discussion?

Application Deadline: Friday, August 12th, 2016.

Full Prospectus – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-KR8EV4V305WS1jTXFlMWx1dXM

 

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Riverzedge Arts Seeks Experienced Public Artists for NEA Funded “Artist in Experience” Program

July 14th, 2016

Riverzedge Arts is pleased to announce a new opportunity for high caliber public artists to work with teen artists in our Public Art Lab (PAL).

Three rotating Artists in Experience (AIEs) will be chosen for paid mentoring residencies that support development, design, fabrication and installation of site-specific works in Woonsocket, RI. Ideal candidates are experienced, visionary Public Artists with a demonstrated track record in urban settings, and strong interest in sharing their creative and business processes with fledgling artists.

Each AIE will be commissioned to spend approximately 3 months mentoring teen creation—facilitating field, on-line, print and live research, community engagement, design, creation, installation, promotions and events—with leveraged resources and support from Riverzedge staff, board, VISTAs and community volunteers.

In line with teen artist goals to create contemporary works that beautify and inspire, new works will invite, engage and democratize public experience of art, at the same time improving the future prospects of a post-industrial city and its people.

Candidates must be able to work on-site at Riverzedge 2 afternoons per week for approximately 5 hours per day, before and during afternoon program hours of our Studio Arts & Entrepreneurship Program, which runs Monday-Thursday year round.

Candidates must have experience siting and producing works subject to city administration and federal approval. In-studio time will consist of drafting proposals and rendering models with youth among other components of highly successful projects.

Candidates should have a strong body of work consisting of public sculpture and installation. Youth mentorship experience is preferred, but not necessary.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and work samples to ben@riverzedgearts.org. More information on Riverzedge Arts at http://riverzedgearts.org or facebook/riverzedgearts

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Providence CityArts for Youth seeks Core Teaching Artist (Digital Media Lab Focus)

July 12th, 2016

Part-time Core Teaching Artist (Digital Media Lab Focus)
Job Description

CityArts is a national award winning nonprofit youth arts agency in the heart of Providence’s Southside communities.  Our mission is based on the ideal that all children should have access to arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development.  Opportunity to shape one’s imagination, foster creativity, and find an expressive voice is the right of all children, regardless of socio-economic need or talent. CityArts teaching artists guide and inspire over 900 urban elementary and middle school youth, ages 8-14 in free out-of-school time multidisciplinary arts classes—art&design, digital media, music, dance, theatre and creative writing—and in-school artist residency programs throughout the city.  CityArts provides the positive platform for youth to develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

The CityArts Digital Media Lab is a space where our middle school youth can explore and engage creatively with a variety of technologies. In our lab young artists receive high quality mentorship around graphic design, 3D modeling, video, animation and digital photography.
CityArts announces the availability of a Core Teaching Artist position with a focus on our Digital Media Lab, to engage in our community-based afterschool program over nine months of the 2016-2017 school year.   Ideal candidates are experienced teaching artists who are interested in:

 

  • Providing young people with high-quality arts instruction, with a focus in our digital media lab, designed to build skills, increase self-awareness, and foster connections and a sense of community.
  • Embedding their teaching practice within CityArts afterschool program, and securing strong relations with our community of art educators, youth workers, young artists and families.
  • Deepening their own professional practice as community youth arts educators.

Job Responsibilities:

Under supervision of CityArts’ Program Director, Core Teaching Artists will plan and lead after-school arts classes in our digital media lab and other studios, help to build a positive culture for creative learning and be active members of a reflective, youth-centered arts community.   Each core teaching artist will be expected to provide instruction and mentorship 4 days per week, in two 2-day/wk classes Monday – Thursday for groups of up to 15 youth. Work hours will be 3:30-5:30pm, with .5hr of prep and 1.5hr of direct instruction.  CityArts Afterschool Program runs from October – June, in two 10wk sessions for Fall and Winter, and one 6wk Spring session.

Core Teaching Artists will be recognized as exemplars of CityArts teaching and learning practice.  As such, Core Teaching Artists also engage in an additional 4hrs per month to participate in orientation/training, periodic reflection and professional development activities including:  team reflection meetings, practicum observations, one-on-one feedback sessions, and Friday professional development workshops.  Workshop topics may include: Curriculum Design and Lesson Planning; Positive Youth Development; Working with Kids with Learning Differences; Classroom Management Techniques, Arts and Literacy, STEAM design thinking, and more.

Teaching Artists will be expected to meet regular program deadlines to develop course ideas and proposals, and submit detailed curriculum maps and lesson plans to the Program Director for review and feedback. They will also be required to help plan and attend all end-of-session Teach-back exhibitions and celebrations, and assist in documenting student work in digital portfolios throughout the year.

Desired Skills and Experiences:

  • A passion for art and a thriving digital media art practice, particularly in one or more of the following disciplines: graphic design, 3D modeling, film, animation, digital music or photo, as well as: printmaking; sculpture; fashion design/fibers, dance; music (drumming, vocals, keyboards), industrial design.  Ideal candidates will have a degree in an arts or design discipline, with portfolio of practice.
  • A love of working in the field of creative youth development, with diverse populations of elementary and middle school youth ages 8-14.
  • A minimum of 2 years of teaching experience in the arts, preferably in an out-of-school time program.
  • A desire to grow as an educator; receptiveness to feedback.
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and comfortable working as part of a team.
  • A commitment to community service and community building.

This is a 9-month, part-time contract position, paid in bi-weekly installments during active program sessions.

This position is not eligible for CityArts healthcare or vacation benefits.

To Apply:

Applications including Resume/CV, cover letter addressing Core Teaching Artist prompts listed below, and portfolio file/link can be sent to nika@providencecityarts.org by August 5, 2016.  No phone calls please.   Cover Letter prompts:

  • Why would you like to be a Teaching Artist at CityArts? What do you hope to gain from the experience?
  • What skills and experience make you uniquely qualified to take on this work?
  • What skills do you feel you’d like to further develop in order to become a more successful arts educator?
  • Describe your own artistic practice. How does your work as an artist inform your teaching?
  • Describe a class that you would like to teach at CityArts. What skills and understandings would students gain through your class?

Note:  Portfolio of work (on a CD or emailed in .pdf or .jpg format):  5 digital images of personal artwork and 3-5 examples of student work created under the teaching artist’s guidance (you may also include sample lesson plans that give a sense of teaching style).

Providence CityArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To learn more about CityArts, visit our website at www.providencecityarts.org

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Block Island Airport Gallery Call For Artists, Juror Catherine Little Bert

July 6th, 2016

The gallery space at the Block Island Airport is accepting art

submissions for their 2017 exhibitions.  The gallery program is a

partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation,

to promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode

Island.  The gallery at the Block Island Airport will present art to an

ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

Works in all media will be considered.  Note that the Block Island

Airport Gallery is best suited to moderately-sized works. The Block

Island Airport presents four artists per year in solo exhibitions. Artists

included in the 2017 exhibitions will receive a $100 stipend for

participating in the program.

Eligibility:  All participating artists must be Rhode Island residents.

No students please. Resident Block Island artists are encouraged to

apply.

Artists are encouraged to apply to the gallery  even if they have

applied in previous years and not been selected.  Artists who have

exhibited previously are ineligible for new consideration for a period of

two years.

Entry Deadline:  September 1, 2016

Juror of Note: Artists will be selected for the 2017 exhibitions by

juror Catherine Little Bert. Please see biography below.

Apply: please submit the following via email:

-A link to your current web site that includes images with captions

(title, year, media, size), a current bio and artist’s statement;

Or

-A link to a Flickr page showing images of one’s artwork with captions

(title, year, media, size) and attach to the email a current bio and

artist’s statement.

Please email submissions to airportartsRI@gmail.com. Please note

“Block Island Airport Gallery” in the subject line of the email.

If selected, artists agree to suitably frame, wire or otherwise prepare

their artwork for display at their own expense. Works for Block Island

must be 34” x 46” or smaller, and packaged by the artist for safe

transport via ferry. Artwork is hung at gallery coordinator’s discretion,

and gallery coordinator reserves the right of final selection of artwork

and approval of installation. Artwork is not insured by the galleries

during exhibition; artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance.

Artwork may be listed for sale if desired, and any sales are direct

without commission to the galleries.

To learn more about this opportunity and view photos of the exhibition

space, please visit: http://www.arts.ri.gov/public/airports/ and

https://www.flickr.com/photos/risca-photos/albums/with/72157665900123613.

Please address any questions regarding this call to Molly Dickinson,

Coordinator, at AirportArtsRI@gmail.com or 401-845- 0890.

About the Juror: Catherine Little Bert, director and owner of Bert

Gallery since its founding in 1985, has passionately researched and

written on the subject of local artists. The fertile artistic community of

the late 19th century Providence has been a focal point of her

research and exhibitions, in addition to her representation of

contemporary Rhode Island artists.

Her recent accomplishments include contributions to the 2008

publication Infinite Radius: Founding Rhode Island School of Design,

and research on the early Providence Art Club artists and important

Rhode Island women artists of the 19th century to Sketches, an art

journal funded by the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and

co-authored with LJ McElroy. Recent lectures include Nancy E.

Prophet; African American Sculptor at the Providence Athenaeum,

Edward Bannister and Nancy E. Prophet Against the Odds at the North

Kingston Library, and Mary Coleman Wheeler: (1846 – 1920) at the

News Women Press Club, Washington, DC.

In 2017 she will co-curate with Nancy Grinnell and exhibit on the

founding women of the Providence Art Club in celebration of Women’s

History Month.

Catherine Little Bert received a B.A. from Providence College and an

M.A. from the University of Connecticut. She completed the course

work for the Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative

Arts at New York University. Additionally, Bert is on the Board of

Trustees at Providence College and on the National Advisory Board at

the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington,

DC. In the past she has served as a Board of Trustee at the Rhode

Island Historical Society, Co-President of Gallery Night Providence and

Chair of the National Advisory Board at NMWA.

About RISCA:
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state

agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General

Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a

federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff

support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers,

social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts

into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

About RIAC:
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F.

Green Airport and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island.  A

long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island

Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on

the Arts on a number of public art commissions for T. F. Green Airport

and Block Island Airport.

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Request for Proposals – East Providence Arts Council

July 6th, 2016

The East Providence Arts Council has announced an exciting sculpture-making opportunity run by the Steel Yard for the City of East Providence. The Request for Proposals (RFP), which contains all of the details about the project, the site, the awards, and how to submit, can be obtained by emailing Jennifer Sparks, Community Relations Manager in the Steel Yard Public Projects Department at jenny@thesteelyard.org.  Proposals are due on Monday July 11th.

 

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New Urban Arts seeks A Life After School Coordinator

June 24th, 2016

A Life After School Coordinator
Position Description

Start Date: August 1, 2016
Time: 40 hours per week
Salary Range: $37,000 – $40,000, dependent on experience
Benefits: Excellent healthcare and dental plan.
Reports To: Director of Programs
Application Due: July 8, 2016

OVERVIEW
The A Life After School (ALAS) Coordinator will support New Urban Arts’ students in developing and implementing a post high school plan. Each year New Urban Arts graduates 40-50 high school seniors, many of whom struggle to meet their post-secondary goals. Some aspire to college; some search for employment, and some aim to grow their creative practice. The ALAS Coordinator will build the organization’s capacity to inform and support students as they navigate the post-secondary landscape. The ideal candidate will be an experienced college advisor who also believes in the validity of options other than college.

ABOUT NEW URBAN ARTS
New Urban Arts is a nationally recognized community art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence RI. We believe that democracy requires that all young people, regardless of their background, are entitled to become more independent and creative thinkers. Our mission is to build a vital community that empowers young people as artists and leaders to develop a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives. We achieve our mission through free year-round youth mentoring programs, artist residencies, professional development, and public performances and exhibitions.

POSITION DETAILS

Responsibilities:
Student Advising:

• Supporting New Urban Arts Seniors in developing and implementing their post high school plans, including the college application process and alternative post-secondary options.

• Running approximately four workshops and events throughout the year including: (Fall) College Application 101; (Winter) Essay Writing Boot Camp; (Winter) Financial Aid 101; (Spring) The Not College Fair.

• Building a library of opportunities and resources.

• Support New Urban Arts underclassman to start thinking about post-secondary options and connecting them to summer learning opportunities.

• Working with New Urban Arts program staff and volunteer artist-mentors to foster an excellent, supportive learning environment.

• Working with New Urban Arts’ program staff and volunteer artist-mentors to ensure that the ALAS program is widely known and understood by New Urban Arts students, that young people understand it as an essential element of our community, and that young people are recruited into the program by all staff and volunteers.

• Working with program staff to help youth develop art school portfolios.

• Enthusiasm regarding participation in rigorous professional development programs on such topics as adolescent development, prevention, conflict resolution, art education, and youth development with experts and leaders in and outside of our organization.

Evaluation:

• Building systems to track and report student and alumni outcomes.

• Tracking and reporting student outcomes, evaluate program performance, and employ learning to drive program development.

• Tracking New Urban Arts alumni as they participate and complete post-secondary plans.

Parent & Partner Engagement:

• Building partnerships with post-secondary programs and other organizations

• Working with our partners at College Visions to access college advising expertise and resources and to coordinate college visits and admissions representative interviews.

• Communicate and build relationships with New Urban Arts parents as appropriate during the college application process.

Qualifications:

• A commitment to New Urban Arts’ mission and values.

• A minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

• Experience coaching high school students through the college application process and an understanding of the financial aid landscape and challenges.

• Experience and understanding of art school portfolio preparation and application. process as well as the art and design higher education landscape.

• An interest in working with high school aged youth in a community setting.

• Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.

• An ability to work in a shared and open office space.

• An ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

• Flexibility, inclusiveness, responsiveness, and the ability to handle stress without contributing to it.

• A sense of humor and wonder.

TO APPLY
E-mail resume and cover letter to info@newurbanarts.org, subject: ALAS Coordinator. No calls please. Please send your resume and cover letter as two separate attachments; do not include them in the body of your email. PDF is the preferred file format.

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New Urban Arts seeks Director of Development

June 24th, 2016

Director of Development
Position Description

Start Date: August 1, 2016
Time: 40 hours per week
Salary Range: $48,000 – $52,000, dependent on experience
Benefits: Excellent healthcare and dental plan.
Reports To: Executive Director
Application Due: July 8, 2016

Overview
New Urban Arts seeks a candidate with fundraising experience to work closely with our executive director and board of directors to design and implement robust fund development strategies. The ideal candidate is passionate about equity in education, youth development, arts education, and innovative pedagogy.

About New Urban Arts
New Urban Arts is a nationally recognized community-based art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists. Since 1997, we have served over 3,000 Providence teens and 175 artists. Each year, our public programs reach over 2,000 visitors and participants. Our mission is to build a vital community that empowers young people as artists and leaders to develop a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives. Our core program, Youth Mentorship in the Arts, brings Providence public high school students together with local artists, building powerful mentoring relationships through the arts. We also offer summer programs and post-secondary advising.

Responsibilities:
Fundraising Strategy:
• Work with board and executive director to develop New Urban Arts’ annual fund development plan, including annual fund appeal, special campaigns, events, earned income, grants, and sponsorships.

Fundraising Campaigns and Events:
• Work to ensure that New Urban Arts meets its fundraising goals from our large base of annual individual donors.
• Cultivation of new donors and growth of our donor base.
• Work with the board of directors and the executive director to coordinate the Annual Fund Campaign, including mailings, personal asks of major donors, and other practices.
• Manage relationships with New Urban Arts’ donors ensuring that donors are promptly and appropriately acknowledged, informed of the impact of their donations, and provided frequent opportunities to experience first-hand the impact of their gifts.
• Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.
• Coordination and promotion of fundraising events and other events connected to fundraising, such as cultivation events.
• Manage the implementation of the fundraising features of our Salesforce database and supervise the staff member responsible for data entry and gift processing.• Regularly reporting to the board and executive director on the progress of fundraising efforts.

Foundation Grants, Corporate Relationships, and Sponsorships:
• Work to ensure that New Urban Arts develops and maintains strong relationships with funders locally and nationally.
• Track due dates of proposals and reports for grants.
• Support management of ongoing relationships with institutional funders including, but not limited, progress reports and site visits.

Communications:
• Work with the communications committee of the board of directors to support our communications strategies.
• Work with staff, board, youth, and other members of the New Urban Arts community to coordinate the design and distribution of marketing materials.
• Supervise the staff member responsible for New Urban Arts’ web presence, including e-news and website.
• Contribute to New Urban Arts’ social media presence.

New Urban Arts is a collaborative work environment, and all staff should expect to support each other’s work and participate in high level conversations about New Urban Arts’ mission, vision, values, and pedagogy, as well as trends in youth development and arts education.

Qualifications:
• A commitment to New Urban Arts’ mission and values.
• An interest in working in a shared office space where staff are accessible to the high school students on whose behalf we work.
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
• Minimum of five years fundraising experience, including donor development, relationship cultivation, and making personal asks, or comparable experience.
• Strong project management skills with the ability to independently manage complex, multifaceted projects and meet deadlines.
• Supervisory experience.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Ability to independently manage multiple projects and deadlines.
• Flexibility, inclusiveness, and strong collaborative skills.
• Experience with databases, email marketing platforms, Microsoft Office, and WordPress.

TO APPLY
E-mail resume, cover letter (two pages maximum), and writing sample (two pages maximum) to info@newurbanarts.org, subject: Director of Development. No calls please. Send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample as three separate attachments; do not include them in the body of your email. PDF is the preferred file format.

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Strokosch Fellowship for Emerging Leaders at the Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference

June 24th, 2016

Spread the word! The Alliance of Artists Communities is now accepting applications for the Strokosch Fellowship Program. Fellowships will be awarded to three emerging ALAANA (African, Latin@, Asian, Arab or Native American) residency leaders to support their participation in the 2016 Alliance of Artists Communities’ Conference in Portland, OR – October 4-7.

The Conference will bring together over 350 artist residency leaders, funders, community organizers, educators and artists from around the globe to explore support for today’s artists. Fellows will receive a $1,000 award to be used toward travel, lodging and professional development opportunities. More information about the conference is available here.

Guidelines: Emerging ALAANA leaders from the United States who have worked within the residency field, or associated roles, for one to five years are encouraged to apply.

Apply at: artistcommunities.org/conference/scholarships
Deadline: July 15, 2016

For more information, contact Deb Dormody, Director of Operations + Programs at ddormody@artistcommunities.org.

 

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FirstWorks Administrative Coordinator

June 24th, 2016

The FirstWorks Administrative Coordinator assures the smooth operation of FirstWorks across office operations, data, and programs.  Vital to the management of the entire organization, the AC must be detail-oriented, highly organized, capable of synthesizing complex information, and be proficient in CRM/Databases, Accounting and MS Office suite applications. The AC provides assistance to the Executive Artistic Director as well as broad support for Administration, Programs, Marketing, and Institutional Advancement. S/he facilitates internal communications and is often the first line of communication with the outside world. The AC reports to the Senior Director of Administration (SDA).

 

FirstWorks is a non-profit that enhances the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of our community through world-class performing arts, education programs, and as the Founding Creative Partner for PVDFest. FirstWorks’ public performances, whether with iconic guest artists or world-class local ensembles, are framed with extensive community interaction and provide pathways to opportunities for 4,000+ low-income students in Rhode Island.

 

This is a full-time permanent position. Occasional evenings and weekends based on performances.  Fulltime employees are eligible for health & dental benefits. Specific responsibilities include:

Administration:

  • Oversee daily management of FW office, including telephone and reception; office supplies and maintenance
  • Maintain institutional calendars, schedules, and monitor deadlines and deliverables
  • Serve as Board liaison for communications, records, agendas, minutes, and arrangements; handling confidential issues and information
  • Assist senior management, coordinating activities, schedules and communications
  • Provide personnel management support such as staff searches, recruiting and helping to supervise interns
  • Develop presentations, overviews and project schedules as directed
  • Working under the supervision of the SDA, document our Standard Operating Procedures, and regularly review, update, and communicate process updates and reminders to staff
  • Working under the supervision of the SDA, perform light bookkeeping functions such as data entry and draft report generation
  • Under the supervision of the SDA, help develop standard project schedules for various initiatives
  • Assist with preparing expense reports
  • Note taking at meetings, and following up on assignments
  • Maintain electronic and traditional files and archives
  • Work closely with SDA and Associate Director of Development to integrate, improve and manage CRM Database systems, data entry and reporting
  • Provide support to annual campaign, donor cultivation and special events as needed

Program:

  • Build & maintain active artist database; conduct on-going artist research
  • Maintain artist information spreadsheets documenting planning progress
  • Draft artist deal memos and contracts for review
  • Work with Managing Director to arrange artist lodging, travel and hospitality
    • Help manage on-site box office and customer service/POS and FOH needs for all events
    • Help Production with support for FirstWorks Box Office, including seating charts, ticket inventory and sales data for all self-managed performance and development events
    • Gather data on ticket sales, finance, and programs; maintain records and prepare reports

 

Marketing

  • Coordinate distribution of marketing materials and media communications
  • Support marketing and cross promotional efforts, including group sales, package and affinity group pricing
  • Implement cross-promotional offers and communications with partners
  • Manage/update mailing lists for distribution to a variety of constituents

Qualifications:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum of 2-3 years of office management experience,
  • Excellent computer, database management, and proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook, QuickBooks online, project management tools, and knowledge of SalesForce based CRM tool is helpful
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Welcoming presence: ability to generate enthusiasm for the organization, elicit cooperation, and get information over the phone, via email, and in person
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of Greater Providence, business community, creative community and some experience in interacting with the nonprofit arts & culture sector
  • Commitment to connecting art with audiences and FirstWorks core values:

~Creativity and artistic excellence

~Partnership model

~Arts potential for social impact

 

Salary is commensurate with professional experience. Benefits include health care (full-time only) and vacation; an excellent working environment; and the ability to have an impact on creating access and engagement with the arts and bettering the lives of children in Providence and across Rhode Island.

FirstWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to a diverse workplace. Women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

How to apply

Interested applicants should send:

  • A cover letter, resume, and 1- to 3- multi-page work/writing samples
  • The names and contact information of 3 professional references

Send applications to:

jobs@first-works.org (include the position title in the subject line)

Or by mail at: FirstWorks, 270 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903

 

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GRAMMY FOUNDATION® GRANT PROGRAM: 2017 LETTER OF INQUIRY ONLINE

June 23rd, 2016

The GRAMMY Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for our 2017 grant cycle. With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. In the past, nearly $7 million in grants have been awarded to more than 380 recipients.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2017 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit  www.grammyfoundation.org/grants. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.

 

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:

1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award

 

2. Archiving And Preservation Projects:

·         A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award

·         B. Assistance, Assessment And/ Or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award

 

For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org.

 

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FirstWorks Seeks Grants Manager

June 22nd, 2016

FirstWorks seeks a detail-oriented individual with excellent writing skills to align communications and case-making in order to advance FirstWorks in its second decade of connecting art with audiences. The Grants Manager will assume lead responsibility for foundation, government, and corporate grants. Reporting to the Associate Director of Development, s/he will play a central role in implementing FirstWorks annual development plan, with key responsibility for the complete grant writing process– including prospecting, proposals, fulfillment, donor reports and cultivation.

 

The FirstWorks Grants Manager must develop a holistic understanding of FirstWorks strategies and assets to tell the FirstWorks story and meet development objectives.

 

FirstWorks is a growing non-profit arts organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs.

 

This is a full-time position.  Start date: Immediately

 

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage a diverse portfolio of grants from foundation, corporate, and government
  • Research, identify, and cultivate prospective funding sources from local and national foundations, corporate and government agencies, and individual donors
  • Write briefs, grant proposals, appeals, and applications including development of attachments and budgets for grant requests
  • Design and manage an index for all work-samples and support materials used for submissions
  • Build and maintain a robust grants base: develop and maintain key long-term relationships with program officers and prospects
  • Rapidly synthesize data, strategy, and programmatic goals to create compelling cases for the support of FirstWorks
    • Participate in regular Development team meetings to ensure clear communication, foster brainstorming and proactive planning, and task tracking
  • Develop, track and submit proposals, grant requirements and interim and final reports for all foundation, government and corporate fundraising
  • Work with the Associate Director of Development to ensure smooth day-to-day fundraising operations, including best practices and processes for timely data entry and gift processing, ensuring smooth integration with financial system tracking system also in conjunction with the Senior Director of Administration
  • In conjunction with the Senior Director of Administration, oversee the creation and regular communication of effective program evaluation tools, dashboards and reports
  • Maintain grant status and reporting within our CRM.  Develop custom reports as necessary
  • Develop and manage copy for web, newsletters, prospecting, annual appeal, donor recognition, and cultivation
  • Support Annual Fund and donor cultivation/fundraising events

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum of 2-3 years of experience working with cultural nonprofits, including 2 years of development or grant writing experience.
  • Excellent writer, creative and strategic thinker with ability to clearly articulate organizational mission, programs, and present FirstWorks in a compelling and effective manner.
  • Familiarity with issues related to arts and education trends; understanding of and belief in FirstWorks’ mission.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and initiative.
  • Welcoming presence: ability to generate enthusiasm for the organization, elicit cooperation, and get information over the phone, via email, and in person.
  • Facile knowledge/user of software applications (i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, email, search engines, databases, prospect research tools); familiarity with Patron Manager/SalesForce a plus.
  • Commitment to connecting art with audiences and FirstWorks core values:

~Creativity and artistic excellence

~Partnership model

~Arts potential for social impact

 

Salary is commensurate with professional experience. Benefits include health care (full-time only) and vacation; an excellent working environment; and the ability to have an impact on creating access and engagement with the arts and bettering the lives of children in Providence and across Rhode Island.

FirstWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to a diverse workplace. Women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

How to apply

Interested applicants should send:

  • A cover letter, resume, and 1- to 3- multi-page writing samples
  • The names and contact information of 3 professional references

Send applications to:

Email to: jobs@first-works.org (include the position title in the subject line)

Or by mail at: FirstWorks, 270 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903

 

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Frequency Writers offers scholarships for Latinx and LGBTQ-identified writers

June 21st, 2016

Many voices were silenced last weekend in Orlando. In response, to empower voices in our community, and with support from an anonymous friend, Frequency Writers offers two scholarships to LGBTQ-identified writers and writers-to-be. All levels of writing experience are welcome.

One scholarship is offered to an LGBTQ-identified individual aged 25 or younger.

One scholarship is offered to a Latinx and LGBTQ identified individual of any age.

Recipients will receive a scholarship covering the full cost of any Frequency class that takes place within the next year.

To apply send an email to Frequency with the following:

NAME (we will only announce awardee names with your permission)
PREFERRED PRONOUNS
SCHOLARSHIP YOU ARE APPLYING FOR: LGBTQ YOUNG ADULT SCHOLARSHIP OR LGBTQ LATINX SCHOLARSHIP
AGE (IF APPLYING FOR YOUNG ADULT SCHOLARSHIP)
HOME ADDRESS
EMAIL WHERE WE SHOULD CONTACT YOU

Additionally:

Please attach a two page writing sample in any genre.

OR

Respond to the question: How will a scholarship benefit your writing life at this time?

Submit your application to frequencyprovidence@gmail.com.

**Frequency considers need-based partial scholarships on a rolling basis. Those applicants who are not selected for these particular scholarships will be considered in our general scholarship pool.

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Providence CityArts for Youth Seeks Executive Director

June 21st, 2016

Location: Providence
Salary: $60-75,000
Start Date: November. 2016
Full Time
Permanent

Job Description
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Providence CityArts for Youth (¡CityArts!) is seeking a new fulltime Executive Director to lead a nationally awarded community‐based youth arts organization in Providence, RI.  CityArts mission is to ensure Providence youth ages 8-14 have access to quality arts programs–unhindered by socio-economic barriers, and celebrating the arts as a means to youth empowerment, community building and social change.  At CityArts, access to arts learning is valued as a fundamental right for all children. Particularly for urban youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods that are impacted by conditions associated with poverty and lack of resources, the transformative powers of the arts can help youth find positive pathways to adulthood.  Our creative youth development opportunities help youth gain essential skills and social/emotional resilience that will help them to succeed in school and in life.

CityArts serves over 900 elementary and middle school youth in free out‐of‐school time and artist residency programs.  CityArts youth population reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity of our arts center’s neighborhoods.   72% are Latino, 86% are eligible for Federal free/reduced lunch; and 43% prefer Spanish as their primary language. Free multi-disciplinary arts classes are offered in visual art and design, digital media, dance, music, theatre and writing.  Youth engage in the arts through active project-based learning, STEAM design-thinking, and creative inquiry.  CityArts work includes studio instruction, exhibitions, public art, service learning opportunities, and school/community partnerships. CityArts also has the only state AmeriCorps teaching artist program, serving three Priority middle schools.

CityArts jointly occupies a 32,000sf converted historic mill facility with the Highlander Charter School in the heart of the Southside of Providence, RI.  CityArts annual budget size is near $500,000, and draws resources from private and public foundations, government, contracts, and individual contributions.

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of Providence CityArts for Youth and is responsible for providing organizational leadership and sound management.  Alongside the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for setting the overall vision and direction for CityArt’s future, and ensuring CityArt’s success and long-term sustainability.  The Executive Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: management of operations, fund development, Board and community relations, budgeting, and programs. The Executive Director must be passionate about equity and access to arts learning for underserved youth, and building vibrant urban communities through creativity and the arts.

Providence CityArts is at a pivotal point in its history as it seeks a new leader for this fiscally-sound, mature organization with a well-regarded reputation, strong programs, experienced staff and a thoughtful board. The Board is looking to partner with a leader who can help expand the organization’s impact.

Profile of the Ideal Candidate

The next Executive Director of Providence CityArts for Youth will report to the Board of Directors, provide overall leadership and serve as the chief executive officer of this dynamic and expanding non-profit arts organization.

The ideal candidate will be a growth-focused, seasoned leader.  Priorities for the next Executive Director include supporting existing program excellence and promoting the exploration of new programs and services that meet the current and anticipated needs of the community.  The next leader of CityArts will partner closely with the Board of Directors; manage a full-time staff of 5 and 15-30 part-time teaching artists; and engage community to envision and implement an ambitious agenda of youth and community development that emphasizes empowerment through arts access.  The growth-focused executive director will guide and support the development and senior leadership teams to cultivate and execute plans to expand revenue generation and fundraising activities that support existing and future programs and facilities with an emphasis on expanding CityArts individual donors.  S/he will present solid accomplishments in non-profit leadership at the staff or board level, and an underst
anding of and commitment to CityArts mission and philosophy.

Salary Range:  $60,000-75,000

Benefits:  Individual Healthcare Plan

Top candidates will demonstrate a range of qualifications and experiences including:

Minimum Qualifications

•       Demonstrated senior-level management experience and a track record of results, preferable in a multi-faceted, community-based youth arts non-profit organization;

•       Experience in arts/culture, creative youth development and K-12 arts  education work necessary

•       A profound understanding of urban underserved communities as demonstrated through professional or personal life experience

Skills and Experience

•       Strong operational and financial management skills and a collaborative style

•       A proven record of five or more years’ diversified fundraising success, including government and private foundation grants, donor cultivation, and events

•       Master’s degree in arts education, community arts, or relevant area

•       Ability to recruit, develop and lead CityArts senior directors and staff

•       Ability to work with diverse groups and constituencies and a strong commitment to supporting communities of color and social justice work;

•       Ability to passionately and persuasively communicate with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills that effectively promote the organization’s mission.

•       Demonstrated success in developing and strengthening broad range of external partnerships and relationships;

•       Knowledge of community development preferred

•       Success working with a board of directors, cultivating strong board engagement, recruitment and development;

•       Spoken fluency in Spanish preferred

CityArts is an equal opportunity employer.  People from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about Providence CityArts, please visit the website (www.providencecityarts.org).

How to Apply
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To apply for this position, please forward resume and cover letter no later than July 11, 2016, to Search@providencecityarts.org

 

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