Request for Qualifications: Landmark Public Art at the Providence Innovation District Park

Optional art information session to be on Monday March 22, 2021, at 5pm via Zoom

The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and Art in City Life Commission invite artists to submit qualifications for a Landmark Public Artwork in the City’s new Providence Innovation District Park.  This inaugural, large-scale, signature, permanent work of art will be the first of its kind in the City and is the first activation of Providence’s Art in City Life Ordinance. Successful proposals will grapple with the historic complexity of the site. A site brief accompanies the RFQ and outlines both the current site condition and use as well as historical context.

This call for qualifications is open to professional artists within the United States.  Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, gender nonconforming persons, LGBTQIA+ community members and people with differing physical abilities are highly encouraged to apply. Artists living across Rhode Island are highly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for qualifications: April 18, 2021.

Budget: $850,000 

More information on the call

To apply click here.

There will be an optional art information session for interested applicants on Monday March 22, 2021, at 5pm via Zoom. To register click here.

FirstWorks seeks an education director

Position

FirstWorks Education Director

FirstWorks is a Providence, Rhode Island-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs.

The Education Program Director will lead the growth and expansion of FirstWorks Education program and will have significant responsibilities and opportunities to design and manage the program, as we embrace virtual program offerings and continue our traditional in-school model. FirstWorks is looking for an innovator, builder and manager in leading our Education Program. The ideal candidate thrives in fast-paced environments and can provide leadership at both the macro level (systematic design and refinement of the program) and micro level (operational implementation).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • In accordance with FirstWorks Education Logic Model, work with Executive Artistic Director to set long-term strategy and vision for FW Education program.
  • Collaborate with Program Director to develop and design Arts Learning engagement opportunities based on artistic programming. Set goals for the Education team that align with overall organizational strategic goals. Clearly define both short-term and long-term goals for both in-person and online programs.
  • Advance racial equity through diverse partnerships and programming.
  • Develop and cultivate ongoing strategic partnerships with RI Schools, educators, administrators practitioners, other organizations that support public school students, and community stakeholders. Facilitate regular meetings and touchpoints with these partners.
  • Hire and supervise Education Project Managers and other education team staff, effectively delegate tasks, clearly communicate expectations and goals, facilitate regular team meetings, set clear and specific meeting agendas, and provide regular feedback.
  • Develop plans for the implementation of programs (from start to finish), including establishing milestones, deadlines, and processes
  • Troubleshoot and proactively remedy challenges.
  • Develop resources for the education program, including cultivating funding opportunities, participation in grant proposal planning, preparation, and tracking and compliance with reporting requirements education/outreach programs.
  • Work with marketing team to develop communications that engage broad and diverse audiences, including education video assets.
  • Represent FirstWorks at community events and make presentations throughout the community.
  • Manage fiscal tracking of education budget.
  • Analyze data and generate reports on education programming.
  • Staff performance/event duty as assigned.

Desired skills/experience

  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.
  • Relevant experience in arts administration, project management, arts education, teaching, or education policy experience.
  • Experience working with educational partners preferred.
  • Experience working with cultural nonprofits preferred.
  • Knowledge of arts-learning integration models & best practices, and RIDE common core.
  • Familiarity with issues related to arts and education trends.
  • Ability to represent the organization in conversations with educators, parents and community leaders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Superior organizational ability and attention to detail.
  • Welcoming presence: ability to generate enthusiasm for the organization, elicit cooperation, and get information over the phone, via email, and in person.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Facile knowledge/user of software applications (i.e., word processing, spreadsheets, email, search engines, databases), familiarity with SalesForce/Patron Manager, Asana a plus.
  • Commitment to connecting art with audiences and FirstWorks core values:
    • Creativity and artistic excellence
    • Partnership model
    • Arts potential for social impact

Anticipated salary

$45,000 – $50,000. This is a full time position to start on April 15, 2021.

How to apply

Please submit cover letter, resume and three references to admin@first-works.org

Benefits include health and dental insurance, vacation; an excellent working environment; and the ability to have an impact on creating access and engagement with the arts and bettering the lives of children in Providence and across Rhode Island.

FirstWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to a diverse workplace. Women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Link to job description on FirstWorks website.

India Association of Rhode Island puts an artistic touch on a cultural evening called Holi

Virtual celebration is on March 14 at 6 on Facebook and YouTube Live

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The India Association of Rhode Island will host its first Virtual Celebration of 2021 featuring cultural organizations from Rhode Island and performing artists from Massachusetts. Called Shades of Holi— An Arts Festival Celebrating Diverse New England Artists, the event embraces diverse cultures and strengthens intercultural dialogue with the artist community.

Holi (pronounced Ho- lee) is being held virtually on Sunday, March 14, at 6 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube Live.  Planned are various forms of Performing Arts such as music groups, poetry, puppetry, singing, Indian dances, storytelling, master instrumentalists and singers. In addition, the event will feature award-winning poet Sunayana Kachroo, whose film Illegal made the Oscars’ list of eligible for Best Picture. She wrote the dialogue and songs for the film.

“This celebration will help strengthen intercultural dialogue with the Massachusetts Arts community. At the same time, diverse Rhode Island organizations will be participating like Hmong Rhode Island Association, RI Black Storytellers, Korean American Association of Rhode Island and Puerto Rico Institute of Arts and Advocacy will represent different shades of RI’s cultural fabric and a true reflection of Holi, symbolic of peace and unity. This dream would not have realized without support of staunch volunteers and funding agencies RISCA and RIF,” Secretary and Grant Director Smriti Gupta said.

“Holi for IARI has always been a festival of community celebrations, colors, fun and unity. While we all can not physically come together, we have this diverse multicultural event bringing different communities’ talents and art making. We are really excited for this event and to host such an eclectic group of multi-ethnic talent,” said Vice President Dr. Parul Shah.

For more information and event related postings, click Here.