Current Opportunities

A Love Letter for You by Steve Powers. Photo by Adam Wallacavage.

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.


Request for Proposals: Website/UX Designer 

Organizational Overview

About the Mural Arts Institute
The Mural Arts Institute was established in 2017 as an initiative of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. The Institute is dedicated to advancing research on and development of participatory and socially-engaged public art practices and centers its approach around connection: building networks, developing partnerships, and convening artists, community, and partners to collaborate around participatory, socially engaged public art practices. Our work is in service to a larger movement that values equity, fairness, and progress across society. We bring the Mural Arts model to other change-oriented cities across the country to help build their capacity to sustain community-driven public art projects. We work with artists, activists, arts organizations, cultural institutions, municipal governments, and more to ignite change with public art.

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About Mural Arts Philadelphia
Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50–100 public art projects each year and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Core Mural Arts programs such as Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults.

Request for Proposals

The Mural Arts institute seeks a Website Designer who creates anti-racist, DEI-focused, and user experience to infuse the Mural Art Institute’s mission into an interactive website platform. Our intention for this website is for it to be a hub of information and inspiration for MAI training participants, projects, initiative partners, and socially engaged art practitioners across the field nationally and internationally.

Deliverables

  • Create a website platform with Mural Arts Institute.
  • Work closely with Mural Arts Institute to develop and design content informed by Mural Arts Institute research, partners, and socially engaged artists in the field nationally and internationally.
  • Participate in MAI events of choice to understand more of our brand.
  • Website has user friendly navigation features
  • Design focuses should be:
    • Human-centered
    • Anti-Racist and DEI focused
    • Aesthetic of joy and inspiration that reflects and celebrates the field of socially-engaged art
  • Website provides technical requirements for:
    • Multiple editors and/or contributors
    • Uploaded content of variety of media including video with transcript
    • Event registration and virtual event hosting
    • Online Shop of products and services
    • Easily accessible user data and info
  • Along with final website design, the designer should provide a projected impact report that demonstrates how the platform will meet our project and engagement goals.
  • Website provides clear communication and content for:
    • MAI vision and partners
    • socially-engaged, public participatory art, artists, practitioners and administrators

Process

We would like to see proposals from designers who have worked with other organizations and businesses in similar intersections of cultural work, public art, community development and engagement, and social justice. Once our team has selected a designer, we will engage in a nine-month process. This will involve meeting with the Mural Arts Institute to learn about our theory of change, intended impact, vision, and work as a whole. Your work may also include collaboration from other Mural Arts Philadelphia departments. You will work independently to design these assets with continued input from the Mural Arts Institute team to fine-tune your aesthetic vision for both the website and an impact report.

LOCATION: Mural Arts Institute is located in Philadelphia but is considering designers located nationally and internationally that reflects the audience we currently serve.

MURAL ARTS INSTITUTE DESIGNER SELECTION SCHEDULE:

Deadline for submissions: Monday, November 29, 2021 at 9 a.m.
Semi-finalists notified: By/before Thursday, December 23, 2021
Interviews scheduled for: January 2022
Designer selected and contract signed: January 2022
Phase 1: Design Project Vision & Content: February – April 2022
Phase 2: Design Development: April – June 2022
Phase 3: Design Completion: July – August 2022
Project Completed & Website Published: Thursday, September 1, 2022
Budget
$40,000

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open to established and emerging artists and designers, with priority given to BIPOC, LBGTQ+ designers who have a strong connection or passion to the public arts field, especially socially-engaged and community-driven artists and programs.

Application Instructions: Submit (either as a firm or as an individual) a proposal that outlines:

  • Your approach for this project tactically and aesthetically,
  • An outline of your typical workflow for a project of this scope/span of time
    A resume
  • 3-5 examples of your work that give a sense of your skill and approach to this project

Please express your interest in this opportunity by Monday, November 8, 2021 at 9 a.m. sending your proposal to institute@muralarts.org. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Download this RFQ (PDF)

Manager of Project Administration 

Mural Arts is currently seeking an individual to join our staff as a Manager of Project Administration. The Manager of Project Administration (PA) supports and advances the organization’s overall body of work and works closely with MAP leadership to support overall project planning and operations.  It is a full-time position that is responsible for the development and execution of a portfolio of public art projects largely rooted in our partnership with city government. This position requires an individual who is a creative yet practical thinker, can collaborate with a variety of people inside and outside our organization, and has the ability to problem-solve.

Projects will be small and require a quicker turnaround.  The position requires an individual who can quickly assess a new opportunity, identify the resources needed to achieve it, and coordinate with all of the necessary stakeholders to successfully execute projects on schedule and within budget. Building strong and lasting relationships with community members and the public sector is a key responsibility of the Manager of Project Administration.

The position requires commitment to the mission and values of the Mural Arts Philadelphia, a solid work ethic, and ability to work on a team engaged in complex collaborations are critical to success in this position.

The Manager of Project Administration reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to identify, investigate, and budget potential new project opportunities. Serves as the overall coordinator of any prospecting activities.
  • Communication with a full range of stakeholders including community members, funders, internal staff.
  • Maintain project managers’ work plans;  Meet with project managers monthly to receive project status updates and ensure the information in their work plans is current
  • Facilitate periodic project planning meetings with senior leadership and ensure they are equipped with the information necessary to make decisions; take notes in meetings and follow-up with attendees and other staff afterward as necessary.
  • Lead the hiring process for new project managers, including creating and posting job descriptions, reviewing applicants with hiring committee, and scheduling and facilitating interviews
  • Create and manage the onboarding schedule for new project managers
  • Train new full-time and temporary project managers in MAA processes and protocols and provide recurring training to current staff
  • Serve as the MAA staff point person for temporary and outside project managers; meet regularly with them and ensure they are on schedule and properly resourced, connecting them with additional MAA staff when appropriate
  • Plan and co-lead monthly project manager meetings with COO
  • Create, update, and organize project management tools and processes; recommend changes to COO and other department heads when necessary; train staff on new and updated processes
  • Maintain all MAA contract templates; assist all staff with the proper use of contracts; work with COO and legal counsel to create new templates when necessary
  • Create, monitor, and in some cases facilitate processes necessary for mural operations, such as lift training, design review, mural paint-outs, and artists’ mailing list
  • Participate in the development of new information databases for both internal and external use.

Qualifications include: 

  • The ideal candidate will have at least three to five 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 detail oriented, and have a solid record of bringing projects in on time and on budget.
  • Must be able to juggle many tasks with grace and ease and maintain focus in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • 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.
  • 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: 

This is a full-time exempt salaried position. Mural Arts Philadelphia is pleased to offer a competitive and comprehensive health and dental benefits package. The salary range is $52,000 – $55,000.

To Apply:

Please provide cover letter, resume, and references to the Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer, Amy Oh, amy.oh@muralarts.org. Please include “Manager of Project Administration” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No calls or emails please.