Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
August 22, 2014
Position Overview: The Arts & Culture Manager will have a lead role in integrating arts and culture into the organizing work of DSNI, coordinating the creative place-making strategies of the Fairmount Cultural Corridor, and facilitating partnerships that will contribute to long-term arts and culture planning in the Dudley and Fairmount Line communities. The ideal candidate will have creative vision, be guided by principles of community leadership, and believe in the power of art to inspire and transform. S/he will also be a highly organized self- starter with a strong skill-set in managing complex work and working effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
Supervision: The position reports to the DSNI Director of Sustainable Economic Development.
The Fairmount Cultural Corridor (FCC) is a creative place-making initiative that combines collaborative efforts of residents, artists, community organizations and businesses to support vibrant, livable neighborhoods and local creative economies along the Fairmount Commuter Line. Drawing upon local cultural assets and through arts and cultural activities, the initiative brings people together to both celebrate and have a voice in shaping the future of their communities. The creative place-making effort was piloted in the Dorchester neighborhood of Upham’s Corner, where open-air art markets, interactive public art and pop-up exhibits, technical support for local artists, and programming at the Strand Theatre promoted economic activity and resident engagement. The initiative recently expanded to include the Four Corners neighborhood, with plans to connect creative place-making efforts all along the Corridor. Over eight arts and community-based organizations comprise the FCC initiative, with DSNI serving as the lead partner.
- Coordinate the Fairmount Cultural Corridor initiative, overseeing the work of partner organizations and implementing strategies developed by residents, artists and partners
- Staff and facilitate the DSNI Arts and Culture Committee to ensure that resident and artist voices guide the development of community art
- Facilitate and strengthen partnerships among community residents and organizations to coordinate arts and culture work in the community
- Collaborate with Design Studio for Social Intervention to support artists-in-residence who will design public projects for residents to re-imagine public spaces and address aspirations and challenges of their communities
- Integrate the use of creative place-making strategies into DSNI efforts as an organizing strategy to help residents address neighborhood issues and build community
- Assist in infusing arts programming throughout the DSNI youth employment program and curriculum.
- Build and maintain partnerships with DSNI partner schools and identify arts-related resources to support their needs
- Lead the planning of annual Multicultural Festival and other community cultural events in collaboration with DSNI staff and residents
- Oversee process to collect and analyze data to inform creative place-making and cultural planning processes
- Coordinate communications and public relations efforts to promote Fairmount Cultural Corridor work in collaboration with DSNI staff
- Communicate with funders and manage reports and deadlines in collaboration with DSNI resource development staff
- Participate in staff meetings, retreats and other DSNI activities
- Content knowledge in arts, social practice art, creative place-making, and/or arts and cultural management
- Substantial experience in social community engagement involving the arts
- Knowledge of the local neighborhood and broader arts communities and resources
- Experience in community organizing and policy advocacy
- Proven ability to use collaborative processes and partnerships that create alignment around shared goals and plans
- Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams, work effectively with multiple stakeholders, prioritize multiple work tasks, and meet deadlines
- Proven skills in meeting facilitation; excellent oral and written communications skills
- Experience and ease working in multicultural, multilingual settings
- Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
- Willingness to work flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends
- Experience working with youth desirable
- Bilingual preferred (Cape Verdean, Spanish,)
- Neighborhood residents and artists encouraged to apply
How To Apply:
To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Arts and Culture Manager” in the subject line. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. DSNI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
September 05, 2014
$50,000 – $60,000 annually, depending on experience. Comprehensive benefits.
About this Organization:
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a thirty year-old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing entity in the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston. DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create, and control a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners. In order to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village, DSNI has organized to make significant strides in the areas of land control, affordable housing, community facilities, urban agriculture, youth development, and community building. Progress in our neighborhood is the result of robust collaborative efforts led by community residents.
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