About Mural Arts
Mural Arts Philadelphia is a public private partnership dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.
We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art. Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding. Our work is created in service of a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. We listen with empathetic ears to understand the aspirations of our partners and participants. And through beautiful collaborative art, we provide people with the inspiration and tools to seize their own future.
Annually, Mural Arts engages more than 25,000 people. This includes more than 2,000 who enroll in ongoing art and muralism workshops offered by our Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light programs; more than 8,000 who co-create our stunning works of public art; and more than 15,000 who tour our multi-neighborhood collection. Annually, we produce between 80 and 100 temporary and permanent pieces, which together tell an incredible story of Philadelphia’s beauty and resilience.
Wall Ball Auction Curator
Mural Arts is seeking a Curator to assist with its annual art auction, hosted as a featured part of Wall Ball, a major fundraising event. Wall Ball will occur on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at The Fillmore Philadelphia. The event will take place between 6 and 10 p.m.
The art auction includes a diverse selection of 20 to 30 artworks from artists Mural Arts regularly collaborates with as well as others new to the organization. We feature works representing a range of price points, sizes, and media, though most are two-dimensional. Artists receive 35% of the proceeds from the sale of their pieces. Our primary goal is to raise funds to support Mural Arts’ work while bringing positive attention to artists’ work. The auction is silent, with works featured online in the weeks leading up to and days following the event.
- Identify a list of up to 50 artists that might be a fit for the opportunity, including those who have and have not worked with Mural Arts.
- Review list with Mural Arts’ leadership, narrowing it to 30-35 who will receive invitations to participate.
- Collaborate with Mural Arts to conduct outreach to artists, inviting them to participate.
- Connect directly to all participating artists to discuss parameters, review options, and conduct site visits if necessary.
- Assist as needed in communicating with artists around logistics, deadlines, and paperwork.
- Assist staff coordinator with installation of the work during the afternoon of June 7.
- Engage with Wall Ball guests about the artists and specific artworks, encouraging bidding.
- Provide feedback to Mural Arts and assist with any final artist communications, as needed.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
- Strong relationships with a broad network of artists and a willingness to approach this network
- Track record curating exhibitions that sell a significant percentage of artworks
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Alignment with core organizational values (curiosity, collaboration, innovation, diversity, equity, and accountability)
- Must have 3 years of experience in curatorial roles
- Experience curating for auctions a plus
Please provide a brief cover letter or email with your resume by Sunday, March 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please focus on presenting curatorial activities in your resume.
The selected curator will receive a fee of $2,500 for their services.
Restorative Justice Program Director
Mural Arts is seeking a Director to lead the work of its nationally recognized Restorative Justice
Program. Restorative justice is an alternative to traditional means of rehabilitation and punishment. It brings together offenders, victims, and community members, focusing on conversation and understanding as the first steps on the path to healing.
Consistent with the multiple levels of impact Mural Arts strives to achieve across its practice, our Restorative Justice Program aims to:
- Improve opportunities and quality of life for those in and returning from prison in order to reduce recidivism and increase chances of successful re-entry
- Stimulate healing in communities negatively impacted by crime and incarceration, including those who are victimized by crime and the families that suffer from the disruptive effects of mass incarceration
- Engage and inform diverse audiences about specific issues and challenges relating to the justice system in order to create a more supportive environment for those re-entering society and increase advocacy for effective policies
- Influence the systems that devise and implement our criminal justice system to reduce inequity and bias and pursue strategies that best serve the needs of individuals and communities
The Restorative Justice Program accomplishes these goals through an interconnected series of activities, including: high profile public art projects examining topics of critical relevance to the justice system; art workshops at state and local prisons; a four to six month re-entry program in which participants learn skills, apprentice on public art projects, and receive job training and placement support; and peer mentorship and continuing support for re-entry graduates. The program also facilitates public events, symposia, and exhibitions designed to foster dialogue about key issues and offer a platform to underrepresented voices within the system. All of these efforts are led in deep collaboration with the City of Philadelphia and a vast network of partners.
- Develop and advance the vision and goals of the program in collaboration with the team and Mural Arts’ leadership
- Supervise, mentor, and support the team assigned to the work
- Oversee the work of consultants, artists, instructors assigned to the program
- Develop and maintain the partnerships necessary to advance the work in collaboration with key staff
- Develop and manage the program’s budget
- Oversee the collection of necessary data and prepare reports as required
- Coordinate project management of public art projects aligned with core curriculum
- Collaborate with core support divisions (Communications, Development and Finance) to assist the efforts to fundraise, market, and track the work of the Program
- Support the cultivation of donors interested in the work of Restorative Justice
- Serve on the senior team of the organization and participate in strategic discussion about Mural Arts’ work and future
- Serve as ambassador for Mural Arts and the Restorative Justice Program in wide range of settings locally, nationally and internationally
The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
- Commitment to the principles of Restorative Justice
- Familiarity and connections with the criminal justice system is a plus
- Belief in the power of participatory public art to ignite change
- Alignment with core organizational values (curiosity, collaboration, innovation, diversity, equity, accountability)
- Ability to work well with diverse populations, especially those impacted by trauma
- Ability to motivate and lead people and programs with vision, creativity, and strategy
- Capacity to work collaboratively to ensure a robust cross sector approach to the work
- Capacity to develop, nurture, and advance people and partnerships
- Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills
- Ability to work well in a fast paced environment
- Creative problem solving skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to develop and manage budgets
- Masters or equivalent experience in social service, criminal justice or related field
- Must have 10 years of experience managing people, programs, and projects
- Valid driver’s license
Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive health and dental benefits package.
To Apply: Please provide cover letter, salary requirements, resume, and references to the Development and Program Administrator, Meg Wolensky at email@example.com by Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Please include “Restorative Justice Program Director” in the subject line.
Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process, creating nearly 4,000 artworks that have transformed public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges of understanding with projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world, and programs that focus on youth education, restorative justice, mental health and wellness, and public art and its preservation. Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic and unparalleled collection, which has earned Philadelphia worldwide recognition as the “City of Murals.”
- Logistics management
- Budget development, monitoring and compliance
- Negotiating and managing fees, timelines, contracts, and performance expectations
- Managing artists, assistant artists and other contractors
- Communication with the full range of stakeholders including community members, funders, internal staff, site partners, faculty, and students
- Partnership development and maintenance
- Engaging the public and negotiating community concerns
- Collaborating on project-specific marketing and public relations efforts
- Planning and implementation of project-specific public meetings, events and programs
- Utilizing internal project management protocols
Building strong, meaningful and lasting relationships with community members is a key responsibility of the Project Manager. The Project Manager serves as an ambassador of Mural Arts in project communities at all times, while accompanying the artist through their creative process. The Project Manager is an important member of Mural Arts’ project team, working with the full staff on organizational-wide activities. The Project Manager will be expected to work some nights and weekends as project work demands.
The ideal candidate will have at least three years’ experience in project management. A background in the visual arts or other creative processes is important and knowledge of public, contemporary, social practice and/or street art or muralism is a plus. Candidates must have experience with budget management, be detailed oriented, and have a solid record of bringing projects in on time and on budget. They must be able to juggle many tasks with grace and ease and maintain focus in a fast-paced, high pressure environment. They must also be able to work well with many different kinds of people in diverse settings and be comfortable with conducting public presentations and moderating/facilitating public conversations The ideal candidate will also have a valid driver’s license, with access to their own car a plus. Commitment to the mission and values of the Mural Arts Philadelphia, a solid work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work on a team engaged in complex collaborations are critical to success in this position.
Salary: Competitive compensation, plus comprehensive health and dental benefits.
To Apply: Please provide cover letter, salary requirements, resume, and references to the Director of Community Murals, Cathy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 28th. Please include “Project Manager” in the subject line.
Art Education Youth Restorative Practices Program Manager
Mural Arts Philadelphia is seeking a full time Youth Restorative Practices Program Manager for the Art Education Department which serves over 1200 trauma impacted and adjudicated youth ages 10-22 annually through out of school programming. As a thought-partner to the Director of Art Education and the Art Education Project Manager, the Youth Restorative Practices Program Manager will conceptualize, develop, and assess program and project content, curriculum and goals consistent with Mural Arts’ and our partners’ shared vision and expectations. The Youth Restorative Practices Program Manager will oversee day to day operations providing practical decision making support, continually planning and fine tuning to optimize the program “on the ground” at sites throughout the city. The ideal candidate will be a committed problem solver, deep thinker, inquisitive learner, thoughtful communicator, mindful collaborator and accountable role model with a demonstrated commitment to issues of social justice, youth transformation and trauma-informed practices/restorative practices within arts education.
- Ensure quality programming within classrooms throughout Philadelphia, by maintaining regular site visits, conducting formal and informal site evaluations, cultivating and maintaining strong, positive, consistent relationships with site contacts, parents, community members, advocates and teaching artists. Encourage site partner feedback. Meet with site partner liaisons on a routine basis to anticipate problems, share resources and maintain effective communication.
- Trouble shoot challenges/obstacles in regards to working with adjudicated youth. Request field trips, media release forms, permission ahead of time so that judges, parole officers, case managers have ample time to respond.
- Collect legal documentation from site partners including contracts and certificates of liability.
- Assist with selection, hiring, training, supervision, resourcing and evaluation of program faculty. Recruit/cultivate highly experienced/educated artist educators with a commitment to social justice, youth transformation and trauma-informed practices/restorative practices within arts education.
- Act as a role model, mentor and coach to teaching faculty.
- Assess quality and effectiveness of curriculum with faculty input and feedback. Ensure execution of youth-oriented, culturally relevant, innovative arts curricula in response to the unique needs of trauma-impacted youth and in alignment with PA Common Core Standards, PA Academic Standards for Arts and National Visual Arts Standards.
- Maintain accurate accounts, including budgets, faculty credit cards, timesheets, invoices, check requests, attendance, blog-entries and youth opportunity records. This also includes Financial Edge.
- Facilitate program labs, coordinating professional development opportunities and identifying areas of specific improvement and growth. Prepare faculty for yearly evaluations through regular information and formal feedback throughout the year.
- Work with faculty to create a unified, high quality art presence at the annual student art exhibition. Coordinate student exhibitions in collaboration with art education administrative staff, development staff and stakeholders.
- Collaborate on program related marketing and public relations efforts with assistance from the communications and development departments. Promote program through local and national presentation opportunities.
- Assist with evaluation of program, ensuring the program is managed consistently in alignment with grant and funding requirements, and working with the development department on outcomes, final reports and requested documentation.
Department and Mural Arts Program Support
- Serve as an ambassador for the Mural Arts Program through positive interactions with the public during trolley tours, fundraising events and important occasions.
- Cultivate relationships with guest speakers and other experts in the field who can be resources for faculty.
- Support the art education department by sharing resources, sharing updates, supporting labs, meeting regularly and supporting project related events. Support opportunities for collaboration, such as the Youth Pipeline, student scholarship opportunities and summer internships.
Education & Experience
- Four-year degree in arts administration, art education or equivalent experience and knowledge. Advanced degree preferred.
- At least 3-5 years of experience working with youth in communities of color and opportunity youth populations in an in-school and/or out-of-school setting, including development of project-based curriculum and lesson plans.
Skills & Requirements
- A knowledge of Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Practice and Youth Mental Health.
- A knowledge and background in public, contemporary art, and/or muralism preferred.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong supervisory and public presentation skills.
- Ability to work in a collaborative team-oriented environment, problem-solve, manage multiple tasks, and respond quickly to requests.
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships and partnerships in multiple communities and contexts.
- Understanding of Systemic and Institutional Racism with Pro-Justice focus
- Ability to work in multiple settings with respect and humility, ie: Non-English dominant spaces, Queer and LGBTQ spaces, cultural and spiritual spaces and navigating gender assigned spaces.
- Understanding that intersectionality exists and that we need to meet people where they are and hold space for dialogue on privilege and power.
- High level of organization.
- Aptitude to perform in confidential situations.
- Computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, data management, web/internet utilization. Graphic software experience a plus.
- Update-to-date Child Abuse, FBI and Criminal clearances.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Ability to work flexible hours, such as evenings or weekends.
Mural Arts is pleased to offer a competitive salary and comprehensive health and dental benefits package.
Please provide cover letter with resume and references by Tuesday, February 20th 2018 to email@example.com.