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Eva Silverman

Terra Foundation Senior Engagement Fellow

The Terra Foundation for American Art (TFAA) seeks a Chicago-based artist or designer with an established community-centered practice to fill the role of Senior Engagement Fellow. The Fellow will engage staff representatives from a group of approximately 25 Chicago museums and cultural institutions to help them advance their community-engagement practices.

In partnership with the local cultural community, the Terra Foundation is developing a new grant opportunity and learning community to support advances in community-engagement practices by Chicago institutions. A component of the Terra Foundation’s ongoing Art Design Chicago initiative, the Art Design Chicago Engagement Learning Community is a platform for cooperative idea-generation, knowledge exchange, consensus building, and collective problem solving around equitable and inclusive engagement strategies. Together, participating organizations will develop and test new or refined models of engagement that can catalyze mutually beneficial partnerships with communities, leading to institutional growth and change.

Bringing an artist’s perspective to the project, the Terra Foundation Senior Engagement Fellow will play an integral role in the development of the Engagement Learning Community and will serve as a sounding board for new ideas and approaches. Providing field-expertise and theoretical grounding in community-engagement strategies and socially-engaged art practices, the fellow will help to create and lead the activities of the Engagement Learning Community, serve as a bridge between cultural institutions and community organizations, and foster imagination and innovation—helping Terra Foundation staff and partners think beyond our current perceptual and operational boundaries. We hope the experience provides a compelling opportunity for the fellow to test ideas and to advance his/her/their teaching repertoire, community practice, and professional network.

For more information about responsibilities, eligibility, term and compensation, and how to apply, visit the Terra Foundation website. The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago