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Nikki Jolly

Project Consultant- Cultural Stewardship Training


The Chicago Park District’s Culture, Arts & Nature Department seeks a consultant to support the development of a Cultural Stewardship Training Program. The Chicago Park District supports community-engaged cultural programming in parks in order to strengthen our connection to artists, cultural organizations, and communities at the neighborhood level. The Cultural Stewardship Training Program will further this goal by developing a training series for community members, artists, and Park Staff that prepares them to collaborate and vision together around cultural priorities at local parks/cultural centers in two areas: 1) programming and events and 2) culturally focused planning for space use, ongoing maintenance, and stewardship.

Project Scope:

  • Facilitate the co-creation of the training content with park district staff committee, artist advisory, and topic stakeholders. Content areas may include: Partnerships & Relationship building, Marketing, Program & Event planning, Fundraising & Budgeting, and Assessment & Evaluation.
  • Establish guidelines and terms for the Cultural Incubation Fund, a community arts fund (to roll out in 2022) staff, artists, and residents can apply for once they have completed cultural stewardship training. Proposals would support program and event ideas at Cultural Centers in partnership with local artists.
  • Work with Arts & Culture unit staff to develop project framework.
  • Convene a committee of park staff and community artists to help create a multi-part virtual and live cohort training series.
  • Identify and implement a strategy to build educational tools around gaining greater access to municipal and private resources to sustain programming and maintenance (e.g., SSAs, TIFs, other municipal dollars, private foundations, in-kind and neighborhood resources).
  • Create DEI recommendations to help parks plan future cultural programming and set policy around diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts

Project Timeline:

September 6, 2021 - Call Deadline

September 14 & 16, 2021 - Save the Date: Candidate Interviews

October 1, 2021 - Project Start

Fall 2021 - 3 Committee Convenings

weekly/bi-weekly meeting with Arts & Culture Staff TBD

Winter & Spring 2022 - Training Developed with Stakeholders

Fall 2022 - Program Launch

Budget/Consultant Fee: $10,000

*Possible additional contractual budget for virtual content, data visualization and/or digital media support

Desired Assets and Skills:

  • Curriculum & Program Development
  • Virtual and in-Person Facilitation Methods
  • A deep belief in the power of art and creativity understanding of social, racial, and political realities of Chicago
  • Cultural competency, empathy and listening skills
  • Strong and timely communication methods
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-directed and a fast learner
  • Technical deftness

For consideration please respond to with the following in a single email with attachments (PDF):

  • Current CV or Resume
  • A cover letter that includes your history and experience with this type of work, your interest in this project, methods of approach, and how it connects to the larger trajectory of your work or practice.
  • A project sample from previous work (ex. curriculum, executive summary or project plan and/or report)
  • If selected, your preferred availability for an interview September 14th or 16th
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL