Open Studios Coordinator Internship

The Fort Point Arts Community is seeking a graduate level intern to coordinate the annual Open Studios in October. The Intern will work closely with the Director of Marketing and Operations to support the Open Studios event.

ABOUT THE FORT POINT ARTS COMMUNITY

Fort Point is home to over 300 artists who produce work in a wide array of media. It is recognized as one of New England’s largest artists’ communities. The historic warehouse buildings of Fort Point house painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, ceramicists, performance artists, jewelers, book artists, digital media artists, and more.
The Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) builds cultural vibrancy in Boston by cultivating an empowered community of artists, organizations, and supporters. FPAC promotes the work of our artists to a broad and diverse audience, advocates for art opportunities, develops permanent, affordable live-work studio space and ensures that art is an essential part of the life of a creative city.

ABOUT OPEN STUDIOS

FPAC artists welcome visitors into their live-work studios annually to share the arts, industry and creative culture of this unique community with the public. FPAC pioneered Boston’s original Open Studios event, “Fort Point Open Studios,” which has since been replicated in dozens of artist communities throughout the city. FPAC’s Open Studios events feature the work of member artists, craftspeople, and designers on view in artists’ studios, in galleries, on the streets and in the water around Fort Point. Our established community of makers has a unique place in Boston’s history and offers a diverse collection of creations: painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, textiles, fashion, graphics and industrial design, music, and performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES

MEMBER PARTICIPATION & REGISTRATION

  • Coordinate schedule and logistics for Open Studios event.
  • Manage communications with participating artists. This includes online registration data collection and forwarding all fees/dues to FPAC Office, managing list of participating artists, galleries and organizations, following up on payments, etc.
  • Hold informational and planning meetings for participants.
  • Coordinate Group Space for artists unable to exhibit in their own studios.
  • Manage communication and inquiries from members and interested stakeholders

OPEN STUDIOS PREPARATION

  • Coordinate design and printing promotional material, signage, and advertising.
  • Coordinate volunteers stipend/ contract assignments including: Building Coordinators (captains), Photographers, Graphic Designer, Distribution Coordinator, Kids Art Activities, and Runner.
  • Coordinate with Gallery Committee on Open Studios Group Show planning and evening opening reception at the FPAC Gallery.
  • Schedule and coordinate special events including performance, artists’ talks and demonstrations, and kid’s activity during Open Studios.
  • Provide information and content to Director of Marketing and Operations for FPAC Open Studios web pages and social media. Provide information for additions to FPAC website as needed.

POST-OPEN STUDIOS TASKS

  • Gather feedback from participating artists via survey and communicate results to FPAC Board.

Time Commitment

  • May through August: 6-10 hours per week.
  • September through October: 10+ hours per week.
  • Open Studios week: 20+ hours.

SKILLS

  • Able to communicate with a broad cross section of artists, community stakeholders, and businesses.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to maintain calm and focused under pressure.
  • Candidates must have a professional demeanor and be creative and enthusiastic.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and strong writing skills.
  • Applicants must be able to provide their own laptop for work.
  • This position will require some lifting and being on your feet during the Open Studios in October.
  • Demonstrated interest in the visual arts and familiarity with the arts in Boston a plus.
  • Familiarity with email marketing, membership databases, and WordPress platforms a plus.

TRANSPORTATION

This position can be in-office, or work mostly from home.

TO APPLY

E-mail a cover letter and resume to info@fortpointarts.org with “Open Studios Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Application Deadline: April 01, 2019

SALARY

$2,500 stipend. College credit, if available through your institution.

Learn More about FPAC

Image Credit: Fort Point Arts Community, Open Studios 15, 2015, Emily Oneil