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Kennon Reinard

Coordinator of Studio Programs

Status: Full-time, salaried position (exempt employee)

Reports to: Manager of Studio Programs

About Marwen:

Marwen educates and inspires young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art and community. Founded in 1987, the no-cost studio and pathway programs exist for young people in Chicago who want to explore visual arts and do not have access to arts programming due to financial and systemic barriers. Courses are facilitated by cohorts of intergenerational teaching artist teams. For more information, visit


The Coordinator of Studio Programs provides key material and administrative support to Marwen’s free courses for 6-12th graders in the painting, mixed media, ceramics, printmaking, and fibers studios. This highly collaborative role partners closely with the Manager of Studio Programs and Coordinator of Technology and Digital Learning to ensure the smooth operation of the studios and provides thought-partnership in program development and design. The Coordinator must possess a strong, asset-based approach to partnering with young people, families, teaching artists, and staff, rooted in the belief that young people have the power to lead efforts for social change through art. We are looking for someone with strong administrative skills and experience with out-of-school learning and visual art-making, especially in ceramics, printmaking, or fibers.

Studio Program Support

● Act as main studio support contact for teaching artists in studio courses, regularly checking in and supporting daily needs, in collaboration with Coordinator of Technology and Digital Learning

● Coordinate field trips and guest artists for studio courses, in collaboration with Coordinator of Technology and Digital Learning

● Collaborate with other program staff to evaluate studio course proposals and provide feedback on courses and programs

● Mentor youth, interns, and apprentices supporting studio programs

● Provide specialized technical support for high school artists in the Lab residency program

● Embody a culture of welcome and respect with young people, teaching artists, and families

● Proactively collaborate with colleagues across Marwen to support organization-wide priorities such as fundraisers and communications

● Support special events and out-of-term programming such as exhibition openings and community events

● Partner with the Manager of Studio Programs to monitor program expenses

Studio Support

● Ensure studios are reset after each class, working with youth, contractors, and volunteers

● Maintain best practices, guidelines, and workflows for the use of fiber arts, printmaking, and ceramics studios

● Partner with TAs and staff to assess general studio inventory and ensure that studios and courses are equipped

● Train teaching artists in the proper use and care of studio spaces and equipment for ceramics, printmaking, fibers, and drawing/painting and multimedia courses

● Order materials for studio courses, receive supply shipments, and distribute to appropriate studios and storage areas

● Collaborate with facilities team to arrange for equipment maintenance, repair, upgrades, and replacement

● Coordinate scheduling of studio technicians as needed to maintain technical aspects of studios such as:

○ Ceramic Studio- kiln firing, recycling clay, use of pug mill, general maintenance of studio (cleaning & restocking materials)

○ Print Studio - Coat and strip screens, restock and mix inks, printing press maintenance

○ Fashion Studio- sewing machine repair, restock fabrics & sewing materials

Exhibitions Support

● Collect and organize student work at the end of each term in preparation for exhibition installation, in collaboration with Studio Programs team

● Collaborate with Studio Programs team to curate and install four annual exhibitions

The ideal candidate will have:

● Experience as a practicing visual artist with priority for artists working in ceramics, printmaking, or fibers

● Experience in arts education and/or arts administration, with familiarity in facilitation, curricula, and classroom/studio support

● Experience working collaboratively and efficiently within a team

● Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with attention to detail

● Ability to understand project requirements and effectively communicate them to staff, contractors and youth

● Proven ability to solve problems independently in decisive and creative ways

● Willingness and ability to work a consistent after school program schedule, including evenings and Saturdays

● Ability to begin work immediately (August 1, 2022)

The compensation for this position is $40,000 - 42,500 annually commensurate with experience and includes full health benefits, generous PTO, and 403b.

Marwen is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and equity in the workplace. We strongly encourage those who reflect our communities to apply, including bilingual individuals, LGBTQI and/or people of color. Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Coordinator of Studio Programs.” The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2022.

Contact Info:
Grace Needlman
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago