Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Job Opeing: Indianapolis Art Center to hire an Outreach Technician

Arts Outreach Technician (30-40 hours a week): 

The Indianapolis Art Center is looking for a unique individual who can assist the outreach department with programs in the community. Primary job responsibilities include; creating themed lesson plans using Discipline Based Art Education method, teaching these lesson plans to youth in workshops across the city, preparing and maintaining art materials for use in outreach programs, hanging outreach exhibitions at the Art Center and throughout the city, and assisting the outreach team with overall event planning and implementation. Candidate must possess artistic background (working artist, art educator and/or possess Fine Arts Degree) and experience teaching art to underserved youth. Must be able to climb ladders and lift 50lbs.
Send a resume and cover letter by January 8 to: Laura Alvarado, Director of Outreach, 820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220 or by email: lalvarado@indplsartcenter.org. No phone calls please.

Indianapolis Art Center to extend exhibition proposal deadline for 2011-12 season

Gallery / ARTSPARK Exhibitions

The Indianapolis Art Center Exhibitions Department is extending the deadline for accepting digital proposals for the 2011—12 exhibition season and for outdoor work for ARTSPARK.

Proposals will be accepted until February 28, 2010. Any artist may submit a proposal to be considered for a solo or group exhibition by sending a complete artist's packet to Exhibits Department, 820 E. 67th St. Indianapolis, IN 46220

Please send a CD and include:
  • an artist statement
  • a resume or biography
  • 12-15 images of individual works (details may be included)
  • A list with title, media, size, and year completed for each image
  • support documents such as reviews of prior exhibitions
  • a detailed diagram of the proposed layout if it is an installation
  • videotapes of performance work may also be included as part of the packet.

In addition, please answer the two following questions:
  1. The Indianapolis Art Center’s outreach department provides programming to    underserved audiences through a variety of programs, educating and engaging the community in all aspects of the creative process. Would you volunteer any time to lead a workshop, provide a tour of your work to youth at the Art Center, or speak to youth at a community center about your career and artwork?        
  2. The Indianapolis Art Center has an extensive education program. Would you be interested in lecturing, leading a tour, or offering a workshop to coincide with your exhibition?
Priority will be given to artists living or working within 250 miles of Indianapolis, however, all proposals will be given equal consideration. All proposals collected during the year will be reviewed during March 2010 for the 2011-12 season, and you will be notified about your status before the end of June 2010. Your work may be paired with that of other artists in a group exhibition. Proposal materials will not be returned unless the artist provides a SASE.

All works are insured while on site, and a small stipend may be available in curated exhibitions. For further information about the gallery sizes and contract terms, please contact Patrick Flaherty, Exhibitions, at PFlaherty@IndplsArtCenter.org or 317.255.2464, ext. 238.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Job Opening: Conner Prairie seeks Web Communications Specialist

Conner Prairie Web Communications Specialist

To develop, implement and optimize the effectiveness of e-marketing efforts and interactive content on connerprairie.org. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in creating and executing content strategies and posses demonstrated understanding of user experience design and web content best practices. The candidate must have proven ability to develop tracking reports with analysis of data and apply those findings towards continual improvement. The candidate must also possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with marketing communications team and internal clients to develop strategic and synergistic plans.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Develop, oversee and implement a strategic website plan that includes: defined benchmark goals; measured and analyzed results and applied results tactics.
  • Develop and update website content based on consumer insights, institution requirements and best practices.
  • Proactively review website to ensure content is current.
  • Write copy for the website.
  • Select and optimize images for the website and other needs.
  • Define and enable reporting requirements that measures content effectiveness and user behavior.
  • Stay on top of emerging trends and be proactive in developing SEO solutions based on result driven data and best practices.
  • Ability to implement and track survey and sign-up forms.
  • Possess an understanding of HTML and website back-end; and ability to troubleshoot and fix minor problems.
  • Manage vendor relationships with host site and website vendor.
  • Train colleagues to use specific sections of the site for accessing and downloading applicable information.
  • Develop, oversee and implement a strategic e-marketing plan that includes: defined benchmark goals; measured and analyzed results and applied results tactics.
  • Stay current with latest technological advances; research and anticipate to keep Conner Prairie on the cutting edge.
  • Develop e-communications and handle technical aspects including but not limited to e-newsletters, postcards and promotions.
  • Maintain and update e-mail newsletter database
  • Coordinate special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Manage e-marketing vendor relationship.
  • Provide technical support needs and tracking analysis for Flickr, YouTube, blogs and potentially other social media needs
  • Handle website operations including security certificates, web hosting, troubleshooting, passwords, etc.
  • Frequent coordination and communication with IT department.
  • Provide staff support during festival and special events.
  • Ability to film and edit short video for social media needs a plus.
Skills and Traits
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Marketing, Graphic Design, Communications or related field.
  • Knowledge and understanding of HTML and website back-end.
  • Experience with Kentico content management system, PEO and Blackbaud a plus
  • Experience with Google Analytics
  • Ability and knowledge to develop video content
  • Ability to analyze and communicate statistical data results
  • Possess an understanding of social media and its language
  • Creative, solution-minded, self-starter.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines while handling multiple projects and working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Motivated by learning and discovering new things.
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of management.
Working Environment
  • Cubical with fluorescent lighting
  • Minimal noise with occasional interruptions
  • Expected to walk on uneven pathways on outdoor grounds
  • Ability to move 25 pounds
  • Expected to work some weekends and evenings

To Apply
Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement online at: http://connerprairie.myexacthire.com/

Application Deadline: January 4, 2010

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Call for Artists: American Scene

Call for Artists

The Indianapolis Art Center’s outreach department is looking for 3 Indianapolis artists to work within a new summer public art program for children that we piloted last summer. The new program, American Scene, is designed to introduce youth from underserved areas of Indianapolis between the ages of 8-12 to public works of art created under the 1930’s WPA- Works Progress Administration and Public Works of Art Project. Specifically, students will learn about both Indianapolis based and national American Scene artists whose works of art reflected the hardships faced by people across the country as a result of the Great Depression. The artwork that is created during this project will mirror one part of the American Scene movement, we will ask youth to reflect upon their community and surroundings. A maximum of 25 students will work with each artist at a community partner location to create a small to mid-size piece of public art that incorporates the students’ view of their community and then later be installed at the community partner location.

We are looking for artists with a background in creating murals or sculptural pieces and who have had some kind of experience working with children. Those with this experience are encouraged to submit the following by March 8, 2010.

  • Resume and 3 professional references
  • One written concept proposal (no longer than one page) that expresses an overall image or concept the students will work within and indicates how the students message and artwork will be implemented using a particular media. If providing a 2D concept please note that most sites will only be able to accommodate a 10’ tall x 20’ length or smaller space.
  • A CD with 5 images of your artwork

Mail to:
Laura Alvarado
Director of Outreach
820 E. 67th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

For additional information please email lalvarado@indplsartcenter.org

Once chosen, each artist will be expected to team teach students about artwork produced under the WPA and American Scene movement with the assistance of an artist assistant, lead youth through the process of creating a small to mid-size piece of artwork and assist with the installation or logistics concerning installing the artwork at the community partner site.

  • Total direct contact/working hours with children in the summer = 20 hours
  • Total preparation and installation hours = 30 hours
Total paid for the 50 hours of work= $1250.00

Please note that the material expense will be covered by the Art Center’s outreach dept.