The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Metro Boston, seeks an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) to serve as a key member of a new team focused on advancing the arts and cultural goals in the MetroFuture regional plan. The AIR will serve an 18-month term with MAPC. The AIR will work with other staff at MAPC, as well as external partners, on local and regional planning projects that aim to help cities, towns, and neighborhoods become more culturally vibrant, open to artistic expression, and welcoming to people of many backgrounds. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment to build a more sustainable and equitable future for metropolitan Boston.
MAPC, established by statute in 1963, is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston, an area of 3.2 million people with 101 cities and towns. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities. In addition to our local and regional planning work, MAPC maintains an active effort to influence public policy, program design, and spending priorities on the state and federal levels. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for a more sustainable and equitable future, which was adopted in 2008, and by the agency’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2014. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and the Strategic Plan, visit www.mapc.org/about-mapc and www.mapc.org/metrofuture; for further information about MAPC’s arts and culture work, see www.mapc.org/art.
The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) provides an exciting opportunity to engage in public sector work at the regional level. The AIR will be an important partner in the implementation of the MAPC Arts, Culture, and Planning Initiative – a cross-sector strategy to advance the arts and culture goals in MetroFuture. The AIR will work across MAPC’s departments and divisions to explore socially-engaged art-making that advances innovation at the intersection of arts, culture, and planning. The AIR will have opportunities to help establish MAPC’s creative community placemaking practice and to develop and test creative approaches that can creatively impact the planning and community development work of MAPC and the cities and towns in our region. The AIR will also participate in the scoping and implementation of planning projects involving a range of planning disciplines, including arts and culture; economic development; housing; transportation; climate change; and public health. Responsibilities include:
- Staffing select planning projects, engaging in arts and culture-focused activities such as: design/scoping and implementation of creative placemaking activities, outreach and engagement through social engaged/social practice art-making, and advising on arts and culture-focused planning and policy recommendations;
- Advising on changes and additions to the Arts and Planning Toolkit;
- Conducting research and writing to develop and document AIR arts activities;
- Participating in art and culture-focused professional development trainings for MAPC and MAPC-region planners in partnership with the Manager of Arts and Culture, the Arts and Culture Planner, and consultant(s); and
- Attending select MAPC staff meetings, evening meetings and occasional weekend meetings for projects, and engaging in local and regional travel.
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in the fine arts, arts administration, urban design/architecture, or other arts-related discipline and 3-5 five years of relevant experience in socially engaged/social practice art. Experience working with the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and community-based voluntary groups is desired.
Successful candidates will demonstrate all or most of the following:
- An active artistic practice and a working knowledge of and enthusiasm for a wide range of arts disciplines;
- Experience with various arts and culture fields of practice, such as: public art, social practice art/socially engaged art, and creative placemaking;
- Knowledge of or experience with at least 1-2 of the following topic areas: creative community engagement, civic engagement, community development, cultural planning, cultural asset mapping, housing, economic development, land use planning, transportation, climate change, sustainability, public health, and food systems;
- Experience working effectively with community groups and the arts and culture community, including artists, arts organizations, as well as local elected and appointed officials;
- Ability to work with people in a range of settings, including diverse urban neighborhoods, developing suburban centers, and/or small or rural communities;
- Working knowledge of and enthusiasm for a wide range of artistic disciplines and styles, and commitment to collaboration with individuals from other fields of practice; and
- Entrepreneurial work ethic, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong research, writing, and communication skills.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary is $30,300 annually for 22.5 hours/week, or 25.90 per hour. This is a part-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.
Apply online at www.mapc.org. Please attach a cover letter, resume, a brief artist statement, and 3-5 work samples in a digital format, e.g., a website, DropBox or Google Drive link, Flickr, Tumblr, or similar service. In the cover letter, please provide a link and details for accessing work samples. In the artist statement, please address how your work might creatively advance the implementation of MetroFuture. A review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.
MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified persons to apply.