The Coordinator, Community Programs is responsible for planning, coordinating logistics, and facilitating assigned programs and projects for the Museums Community Engagement strategy and department, which prioritizes diverse community participation and inclusive and accessible community programming. The Coordinator will possess a good understanding of project coordination and planning to implement a range of community-driven collaborations with our regions diverse BIPOC communities and individuals, local artists, and under-resourced peoples. Assigned programs and projects center on the Arts and Social Impact partnerships between socially engaged artists and social service agencies, as well as neighborhood festivals and community partner events. They report to the Associate Director of Community Programs, and with the assigned Program Manager on a project. The coordinator works in collaboration with administrators, staff and volunteers at all levels, and community members, so the role requires good public speaking skills, relationship building and cultural competency.
Coordinate community driven arts programs that require a high level of production, communication, collaboration, attention to detail, meeting organization and execution of programs.
Plan, facilitate, and implement arts experiences in collaboration with community groups, individuals, local artists and partner organizations.
Represent the Museum in the community at meetings, events and online, with a goal to inspire increased active participation in Museum programs on and offsite.
Coordinate install/de-install public art (murals, temporary art) and implement set up with supplies, materials, load in/out of artists/vendors, and cleanup of both small and large-scale events. Comfortable with heaving lifting, physical work at site locations, and on the museum campus.
Coordinate administration of supply ordering, contracting, budget itemization, event rentals, AV production, and third party vendors.
Strengthen current alliances with community organizations and artists to build and cultivate strong, sustainable relationships with regions diverse cultural communities and marginalized peoples.
Work closely with Communications department to coordinate web, print, social media, video, and photography of community programs. Arrange translation of materials with a strong understanding of multiple languages preferred.
Support as needed across the two engagement pillars: Art in Our Communities, and Arts and Social Impact.
Recruit and train volunteers and interns. Works effectively and collaboratively with education colleagues to further the mission of the department.
Develop supportive resources and sustainable strategies to enable the museum to become a more welcoming space for all communities.
Coordinate roster of offerings, scheduling, recruitment, registration and preparation for programming.
Work closely with the Evaluation and Research team, and create reports and analysis as needed.
Traits, Skills, and Abilities
Bilingual experience preferred (Spanish and/or Marshallese)
Hands-on knowledge of best practices on DEAI, community engagement, arts education, and sustainable community relationship building
A critical thinker who can analyze data, and capitalize on information
A creative, energetic, and accountable team member
An outgoing collaborator for the Community team and Education department; one who shares information easily, listens, and respects the abilities of others, and has a high level of emotional intelligence and political awareness
Strong and persuasive communication skills
Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously
Must be able to work evenings and weekends as program schedule demands
Must project credibility, influence, and demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
Education and Experience
Bachelors degree (or a combination of experience and education) in areas such as the Arts, History, Humanities, Social Services, or Communications
2 years of progressively responsible experience working in museums, community or cultural organizations
Demonstrated administrative, marketing event production abilities
Experience with program evaluation and audience research
Licenses and Certifications:
Valid drivers license required
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: Regularly, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently regionally and in communities served. In the work environment described below, position requires working at a desk and utilizing a computer and a telephone, good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching, standing and sitting in the ability to move around galleries, the classrooms, and throughout the museum, including travel on the outdoor trails. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job.
Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, museum galleries, art studios, outdoors on the trails, and in communities served. Some evening and weekend hours are required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate.
About Crystal Bridges
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding American art. Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 as a non-profit charitable organization by arts patron and chair of the museums board of directors, Alice Walton. Since opening to the public on 11-11-11, the museum has welcomed more than 5 million visitors and garnered 15,000 membership households. Some 280,000 school children have participated in the Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost.
Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house the galleries and amenities such as a restaurant, museum store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. In addition to the museums architecture, a Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was preserved, acquired, and moved to the museum grounds in 2015, and a rare Buckminster Fullers Flys Eye Dome was installed in 2017, both providing access to American architectural masterworks in a natural setting.
Sculpture and walking trails link the museum's 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. A new entrance, elevator tower, and pedestrian bridge was added to the north side of the building in 2017, increasing access to the museums north lawn and newly enhanced North Forest Trail. More than 600,000 visitors a year utilize the museums five miles of walking trails.
Crystal Bridges permanent collection spans five centuries of American artworks from early American to the present, and is always free to view. Crystal Bridges is committed to telling broad and inclusive stories by acquiring and showcasing the highest quality works by artists underrepresented in art history and conventional museum frameworks. Works such as Asher B. Durands Kindred Spirits, Gilbert Stuarts George Washington, and Georgia OKeeffes Jimson Weed are displayed alongside contemporary artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Maya Lin, Fritz Scholder, Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, Felix Gonzales-Torres, and Amy Sherald represent some of the finest achievements in American art. The collection continues to grow, while the museum also offers temporary exhibitions that complement the collection and can also reveal arts connections to equality and justice.
Crystal Bridges provides year-round programming for all ages. In 2019, more than 800 public programs and events were offered, including lectures, performances, classes, and continuing education for K-12 teachers. Crystal Bridges stays connected online with the full collection available via eMuseum, an award-winning app, a podcast called Museum Way, all available for free, and many of the museums lectures such as the Distinguished Speaker Series are on Crystal Bridges YouTube channel. An online-learning initiative provides opportunities for students and teachers with arts-based courses, as well as SmartHistory with arts history videos and essays. Crystal Bridges also offers two research fellowship programs. The Tyson Scholars in American Art program encourages and supports full-time scholarship that seeks to expand boundaries and traditional categories of investigation into American art and visual culture. The Reese Teacher Fellowship provides for research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. In addition, Crystal Bridges administers the awarding of the Don Tyson Prize, an unprecedented award recognizing significant achievements in the field of American art. Additional information about Crystal Bridges is available online at CrystalBridges.org.
About the Momentary
The Momentary is a new contemporary art space that opened to the public on February 22, 2020, in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. A satellite to Crystal Bridges, the Momentary presents visual, performing, and culinary arts. The mission of the Momentary is to champion contemporary arts role in everyday life and explore the unfolding story of contemporary American arts in an international context by actively commissioning and exhibiting outstanding works that explore new ideas and inspire action. The Momentary was founded by the Walton family, based on the vision of Tom, Olivia, and Steuart Walton. The Walton Family Foundation is supporting this project as a way to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. The Momentary welcomes all with free general admission. Additional offerings include an artist-in-residence program, culinary experiences including an Onyx Coffee Lab, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, an outdoor festival space, and a gift store. For more information, visit theMomentary.org. The Momentary is located at 507 SE E Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.
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