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Steelyard Seeks Communications & Events Manager

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Communications and Events Manager (CEM)

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

TERMS: Full Time, On-going, Salary with benefits as outlined in personnel policies Occasional evenings/weekends required.

The Steel Yard, an award-winning industrial arts center, seeks a full-time, experienced individual to join our vibrant community and manage communications and community events. The (CEM) will be responsible for crafting and overseeing the primary messaging for the Steel Yard and is a key player in fund development, community engagement and event coordination activities. As the main contact for press inquiries, and social-media as well as public and private partnerships for events, it is essential that the CEM is a clear communicator, a team player and a true community steward.

The CEM will also be the driving force behind event marketing, management and community partnerships. The Steel Yard will host over 10,000 people for free and low-cost community events next year in partnership with dozens of local organizations and businesses. The CEM will be the organization’s face and representative to event partners and clients, writing and negotiating contracts, and taking a leadership role in the development of plans for program expansion.



• Plan contents for and manage contributions to monthly newsletter

• Monitor and respond to all Contact@thesteelyard.org emails

• Support program staff with marketing efforts

• Update steelyard.org website as needed

• Distribute materials to press contacts for special events and courses

• Manage and coordinate merchandise production for events

• Maintain social media contributions for different programs of the Yard

• Manage image database for the organization


• Manage all aspects of site-rental and participate in organizing all fundraiser events for the Steel Yard

• Maintain relationships with event vendors

• Prepare and execute contracts with site rental partners

• Coordinate deliveries and set-up with caterers and suppliers during events

• Is the primary representative for the organization with the city board of licensing, fire department and police in regards to events and rental activities

• Primary contact for renters during event planning and rentals

• Oversee HR needs for events including set-up, event staffing, management of community engagement coordinator, community volunteers as needed

• Delegate and organize tasks and responsibilities as required to staff and volunteers

• Recruit volunteers for event participation

General Administrative

• Promote the Steel Yard mission

• Participate in other organizational assignments as needed

• Regularly attend staff meetings and maintain an active office presence

• Develop best business practices for event management


Reports to the Executive Director and, as requested to the Development Director



Bachelor’s degree in a related field

Knowledge of Adobe Suite software for print and digital applications

Demonstrated experience in a non-profit or community event planning

Familiarity with security, liquor sales, event management and permitting

Ability to understand and manage a communications plan

Ability to multi task, manage time well and work under deadline


Experience coordinating groups of volunteers

Enthusiasm to work with numerous diverse artists and students

Interest in becoming an active Steel Yard community member

Familiarity with Olneyville, Providence and Rhode Island and local non-profits Bi-lingual / Spanish a plus


Full studio access

Discounts on Steel Yard courses

Paid vacation

Personal time and sick leave

Healthcare split

$32,000/year starting salary


The Steel Yard’s historic campus is a platform for professional artists, makers and the community to practice and learn the industrial arts. The organization fosters creative and economic opportunities, by providing workspace, tools, training and education, while forging lasting links to a local tradition of craftsmanship.

For more information, please visit our website ( http://www.thesteelyard.org ). If you are interested in learning more about the Steel Yard, Free Public Tours are hosted every Wednesday at noon. Tours meet in our office, located on the first floor of the street side of our campus in the two story brick building.

TO APPLY::: Interested candidates should submit a single PDF attachment that includes a cover letter, resume or CV and 5 – 10 images of relevant work if applicable.

The subject line of your email should be: CEM / your name. Please respond by October 15th, 2016

SEND TO::: jobs@thesteelyard.org

*** Thank you in advance for your interest in The Steel Yard. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted. Position is open until filled.

Learn more about the Steel Yard by visiting:

Event Rental Partnerships Press and Continued Reading

The Steel Yard is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.


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Call for Visual Artists to work with Crossroads population – deadline Sept 16

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Crossroads Rhode Island is the largest homeless services organization in Rhode Island, and it is seeking an artist or artists to work with their homeless population on visual arts instruction.  The program is described below, and the deadline for applications is September 16.

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Exhibition Opportunity- TF Green Airport, apply now!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Call for Artists: GREEN SPACE Gallery at TF Green Airport

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;


-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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Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Adrienne Petrillo
Program Manager, Presenting & Touring
NEFA is working in partnership with CINARS, supported by the Québec Government Office in Boston and the Ministry of Culture, to develop ongoing relationships for international cultural exchange between artists and performing arts presenters in New England and Québec.
The exchange will:
• Aim to build an ongoing touring network between the two regions
• Increase participants’ knowledge of artists and presenters in each region
• Expand touring opportunities for artists from New England and Québec
NEFA will invite a diverse group of six to eight presenters and artists from New England to participate in two key events in November 2016. CINARS will host a counterpart delegation of six to eight arts presenters from Québec.
NEFA’s Idea Swap: November 2, 2016, in Worcester, MA
The Idea Swap is an annual one-day event for New England-based organizations that present artists to network and share project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA’s Expeditions grant program. Each year, NEFA’s Idea Swap attracts over 150 cultural organizations and performing artists. The Idea Swap stimulates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in arts touring and presenting while raising awareness and support for arts projects and activities available to New England communities. The Idea Swap includes informal networking, five-minute presentations of projects available for New England-wide touring, a networking lunch, and facilitated small groups to discuss project ideas. A private follow up meeting for participants may be scheduled for November 3.
CINARS Biennale: November 14-19, 2016, in Montréal, Québec
Every two years in Montréal, CINARS organizes one of the most important international performing arts conferences in the world, with nearly 1,300 professionals hailing from 40 countries including 270 show presenters, some of whom are the most influential in the business. During one week, over a hundred shows from Québec, Canada, and abroad grace the stages while workshops, networking events, as well as an exhibition hall, are teeming with participants. After 14 editions, the CINARS Biennale has become a key worldwide event in performing arts touring.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet colleagues in Québec, see the work of artists with whom they may be unfamiliar, develop collaborative touring opportunities, and participate in a peer network.
NEFA will provide New England presenters with $800 in travel support for attendance at CINARS. Complimentary registration will be provided to attend CINARS and the Idea Swap. Presenters are expected to cover the balance of their expenses, attend both events, and participate in follow up discussions or meetings.
Presenters will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Interest in developing peer relationships with peers in Québec
• Interest in learning more about a diverse range of artists from Québec
• Relationships with peer presenters in New England and the capacity to share learning with regional colleagues
• Track record of creative collaborations with performing artists, including and especially with New England-based artists
NEFA intends to invite a diverse group of presenters and artists that represent a range of geographies, community sizes, and experiences with international exchange. All presenters interested in this opportunity are encouraged to apply regardless of budget size or experience with international exchange.
Artists will be invited to participate after the presenter participants have been confirmed. Artists interested in participating are welcome to contact Adrienne Petrillo to learn more about this initiative.
Applications are due by September 23, 2016; notifications will be made within two weeks after the deadline.


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The Providence Athenaeum seeks Director of Programs

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Director of Programs

The Providence Athenaeum, a private, nonprofit membership library dedicated to the promotion of the humanities, seeks a culturally-engaged, well-read, and enthusiastic Director of Programs to lead its expanding and nationally recognized public humanities-based programming.

Deadline for applications: September 30, 2016

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Letters may be addressed to:

Matt Burriesci
Executive Director
Providence Athenaeum
251 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903

Principal Job Duties

The Director of Programs oversees the coordination and administration of ongoing programming at the Athenaeum, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and managing program activities. Principal duties include:

1. Program development. The Director of Programs plays a lead role on the Program Development team, and is essential in developing unique content for the Athenaeum’s salon series, book groups, member events, and other public programs.

2. Partner cultivation. The Director of Programs engages with the cultural and academic community of Providence and the surrounding area, and builds partnerships with academic institutions and departments, arts organizations, libraries, publishers, and other organizations to further the Athenaeum’s public mission.

3. Program logistics. The Director of Programs is responsible for the organization and execution of all public events, including securing speakers, arranging travel, lodging, and catering, volunteer management, and upward feedback mechanisms.

4. Budgeting. The Director of Programs develops and monitors an annual budget in coordination with the Executive Director and Business Manager.

5. Promotion and sponsorship. The Director of Programs seeks to serve and broaden Athenaeum constituencies, and to help secure support for public programming (in coordination with the Director of Membership & Development). The Director also manages the Athenaeum’s extensive “happenings around town” listings.

The ideal candidate would be:

• Culturally literate. Be aware of current trends in the arts and humanities, and be willing to understand the cultural milieu of Providence and the region. Ideal candidates would possess a humanities-based college degree.

• Intellectually curious. The Athenaeum develops events in the traditional humanities disciplines (literature, history, philosophy, and political science) as well as arts-based programs and programs dealing with politics, economics, and science and technology.

• Be enthusiastic about the role of humanities in the public arena! The Athenaeum believes in the transformative power of the arts and humanities. It is our mission to welcome and enrich the educational and cultural pursuits of our members and the community. We encourage a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation.

• Engaging and collegial. The Athenaeum is a membership library, and the Director should be able to establish and cultivate strong relations with members and donors, as well as partners, staff, board, and other Athenaeum constituencies.

• Be highly organized. Have familiarity with Excel or other spreadsheet/database concepts, be strong in advance planning, and be detail-oriented.

• Have experience with event management, especially in a nonprofit environment. The director should have 3-5 years of experience in event management.

Schedule and working environment
The Director of Programs is a full-time position (40 hrs/wk), but a flexible schedule is available, as this job requires some evening and weekend work (the programming season is typically September through May). The Providence Athenaeum is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, located in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, just blocks from Brown University and RISD.

Salary and benefits
$50,000-$55,000, commensurate with experience. The Athenaeum offers an attractive benefits package, including health insurance, a 401K contribution, and four weeks of paid vacation.

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