ProjectArt Chicago Director
ProjectArt is a leading out-of-school and residency program for artists and underserved K-12 students that provides innovative, creative, and effective approaches to teaching and learning through the visual arts in partnership with public libraries in 9 cities from coast to coast. Through the organization's arts education, arts social practice residency in the public library, artists create new artwork inspired by our mission and the library as well as mentor youth who do not receive adequate access to art education in their school. ProjectArt defines underserved as those lacking adequate access to art programs and cultural opportunities because of economic conditions, race or ethnic background, geography, or disability. ProjectArt has a strong interest in projects that provide students with opportunities to think critically, problem-solve, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively as they mature into young adults.
Summary of Position:
The Position will manage the Chicago educational program for the 2021-2022 students and resident artists and will comprise 15 hours a week at 23$/hour. Last year, and due to limitations from the coronavirus, ProjectArt shifted it’s program to a virtual platform. Due to the Delta variant, classes will be remote for the fall with the possibility of returning to in-person instruction in our library spaces this spring. We are working in conjunction with the Chicago Public Library to ensure the safety of our communities. The Chicago Program Director will report to the Head of Programs and Executive Director and will work closely to continue developing the program in its 4th year in Chicago.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Art Programs, students and families
- Managing virtual teaching residencies for 1-2 artists.
- Collecting and proofreading artists’ lesson plans.
- Weekly communication with families.
- Responsible for student enrollment, attendance, and roster updates and maintenance.
- Occasionally joining and monitoring classes.
Event Planning and Coordination
- Coordination with staff to ensure marketing strategies are completed.
- Liaising with ProjectArt communities to create programmatic features.
- Solutions-focused mindset, and willingness to jump in where needed is essential.
- Tools: Slack, staff app, PA primary communication tool.
- Troubling shooting class attendance app (training for app)
- Google suite.
- Conducting virtual studio visits with artists.
- Assisting in the development and coordination of Final Resident and Student Exhibitions.
- Help to recruit artists for the upcoming RFP process in summer 2022.
- Exhibition invitations to Donors/ Supporters.
- Serve as a liaison between The Library Staff, ProjectArt Artists, Community Partners, and Families.
- Schedule meetings with Foundations and Donors where requested to develop lasting relationships.
- Work with ProjectArt’s Development team to write grants, identify funding opportunities.
- Connect and liaise with local feeder groups in order to bring students into the library/virtual classes.
- Coordinate volunteers.
- Press Relations / Social Media: Connecting with Local Supporters
- Cultivate corporate relationships to meet fundraising goals and targets
- Weekly virtual conference meetings with NYC headquarters.
- Natural willingness and discipline to work both with our team and independently.
- Collaborate and be flexible in a fast-paced team environment.
PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION: Applicants MUST be Chicago based. 3 weeks paid vacation/ health insurance/ 1 week off between Christmas and New Years. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references. Applications due by September 31. Applications will be reviewed by the organization’s senior management for immediate hire. Please send resume and accompanying materials to: Email: email@example.com
Subject line: Chicago Program Director