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Community Arts Fellowship | pportunity to gain professional experience at an internationally acclaimed arts center

The Community Arts Fellowship position at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center offers a graduate-level candidate or an exceptional undergraduate candidate the opportunity to gain professional experience at an internationally acclaimed arts center. The Arts Center’s mission is to encourage and support innovative explorations in the arts and to foster an exchange between a national community of artists and a broad public that will help realize the power of the arts to inspire and transform our world. The Fellow will lead the coordination of the Exhibition Artists-in-Residence (ExAIR) Program and assist with the Connecting Communities (CC) residency program at the Arts Center. The ExAIR program invites current exhibition artists to share their creative process with students and community members, making it possible for individuals who often lack access to the arts develop a deeper level of engagement with the art in the galleries and their own creative potential. The Fellow will schedule and coordinate workshops with a diverse audience made up of students from around the county and region as well as from community organizations. The Fellow will work closely with Arts Center staff, including curatorial, education and community arts, as well as others who intersect with artists-in-residence programming. When artists are not in residency, the Fellow will help design intriguing activities to engage participants in the ARTery—a drop-in, collaborative, art-making studio, open to people of all ages and abilities. The ARTery is designed for visitors to explore exhibition themes and content through hands-on creative arts experiences.

The Fellow will be responsible for basic administrative duties such as monitoring and ordering supplies, maintaining communication relating to programming, recruiting and supervising volunteers, reaching out to new audiences, tracking participants, implementing design ideas for collaborative installations, and contributing innovative entry points to exhibitions for groups or individual community members who have traditionally lacked access to the arts.

The Fellowship is a full-time, 12-month commitment with regular weekend hours as well as some evening hours. The start date is September 1, 2013. The fellowship will carry a stipend of $15,000 plus health insurance. Housing is not provided, however, the Arts Center will assist the Fellow in finding affordable housing.

The Arts Center seeks a creative artist or artist-educator with a strong interest in community-based arts. Education in studio art, community art, or art education required, master’s degree preferred. Experience working with diverse groups of individuals and organizing complex projects is required. The Fellow will be expected to take the lead on all aspects of the ExAIR program including, but not limited to, coordinating and maintaining the workshop schedule, facilitating the workshops, etc. Experience with a variety of media is a must as well as the ability to engage with and create collaborative projects for individuals of all ages. It is critical that the Fellow possesses exceptional people skills and is prepared for hands-on interaction with a diverse community on a daily basis. Conceptual thinking ability and strong communication skills are vital. Knowledge of contemporary art preferred.

Application Process

To apply for the Community Arts Fellowship, please provide the following:

A résumé, including educational and employment history, and contact information
A cover letter or essay outlining your interest in community arts and your reasons for applying for the fellowship
Two to three references from academic and/or professional contacts
Portfolio materials/images documenting and describing at least one specific project you have been involved with (i.e., writing samples, slideshow of exhibitions, slideshow of community arts project, etc.)
Please send application materials to:

Human Resources
John Michael Kohler Arts Center

608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Posted by: Andrea Avery

Andrea Avery
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