Public Art Director - Project Row Houses
PROJECT ROW HOUSES (PRH)
JOB DESCRIPTION – PUBLIC ART DIRECTOR
Project Row Houses (PRH) is seeking to hire a creative and energetic professional with a passion for working with community to serve as the Public Art Director. Working closely with both the PRH Founder and Executive Director, the Public Art Director will realize PRH’s artistic goals, provide oversight of the year-round art programs and events, and implement the day-to-day responsibilities of the program.
PRH is a neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American communities. With a mission to transform community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture, PRH has established programs that encompass arts and culture, neighborhood revitalization, low-income housing, education, historic preservation, and community service. For further information, visit www.projectrowhouses.org.
The Public Art Program provides opportunities for local, national and international artists to create original projects within the context of the Historic Third Ward neighborhood. Utilizing ten of the original 22 shotgun houses and various other locations around PRH’s ten-block site, we offer a variety of artist programs which include: The Artist Rounds, Summer Studios, Incubation Projects and Special Artist Projects.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Planning, organizing and managing the twice yearly “Rounds” of artist projects in seven shot gun houses, including related events/ workshops and opening receptions; of annual “Summer Studio” residencies and projects, including field trips to Houston artists, curators, museums and community organizations
• Primary point person for all artists prior to and during their time at PRH
• Oversight of long-term residencies, studio rentals, and Incubation program
• Create artist contracts for all participating artists/projects
• Reaching out and making connections in the community and working collaboratively with organizational partners
• Programming for the main office space, Dupree Park billboard, organizing the annual fundraising art auction
(physical and online), and site specific artist projects
• Overseeing Public Programs – those not directly related to projects on view, such as Movie Nights, Black History
• Assist Development Director writing and compiling images for art-related grant applications
• Coordination with Marketing/Communications Manager and graphic designer to create printed materials
• Responsible for the coordination of the physical and digital art-related items within the PRH Archives with
• Participation in weekly staff meetings
• Working collaboratively with the other PRH programs (Education, Young Mothers Residential Program and Row
House CDC) in cross-programming opportunities
• Other related duties, as assigned
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position has direct supervisory responsibility for the weekend docents,
art-related work study students and interns.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:
• Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts, Art History, Arts Management, or some other related field from an accredited university; advanced degree is preferred
• Five years Curatorial and/or Arts Administration/Management experience in non-profit arts and/or community organization(s)
• Experience organizing and managing site-specific artist projects and working closely with artists
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Community minded, able to communicate well with a variety of personality types and flourish in a multi-
disciplinary, diverse and dynamic environment
• A team player, works well both independently and collaboratively
• Flexibility and problem solving skills; ability to multi-task and to be highly detail oriented
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Adobe Photoshop ,Word Press, Constant
Contact, and Social Media
WORKING CONDITIONS (TRAVEL, HOURS AND ENVIRONMENT):
• This is a full-time, exempt staff position with full benefits • Requires periodic weekend and evening work
• No more than 25% travel
• Employee should be able to lift up to 25lbs
Salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s background and experience. The position will remain posted until it is filled.
Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position to email@example.com (please DO NOT call). Additionally, be sure to explain your interest in working at Project Row Houses.
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