Current Opportunities

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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.


 

Public Art Cataloger 

Over the past several years, Mural Arts has laid the groundwork for implementing professional preservation practices to support managing our collection and making decisions about restorations, in a way that is responsive to both historic preservation standards and the fields of public art and social practice.

Currently, Mural Arts is pushing forward on a few initiatives, including implementing a collections management system for approx. 3,000 pieces of public artwork produced over a 35-year period. Long-term, this activity will both support our ability to make wise investments in restorations and support improved public engagement with and access to the collection through in-person and digital interpretation.

Mural Arts is seeking a Public Art Cataloger for a temporary project position that will assist the organization’s initiative to implement a collections management system (CMS) for its collection of public artworks. The work involves gathering and preparing metadata for migration into the CMS, as well as interviewing involved parties. The role requires a background in library or archival cataloging. Research experience is a plus. The position is a contracted, approximately eight-month term ending June 30, 2021.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Catalog and classify information about public artworks in Mural Arts’ collection
  • Ensure data and resources are in accessible, appropriate formats for retrieval and reference
  • Determine appropriate treatments for multi-part works
  • Interpret and apply Getty’s Art & Architecture Thesaurus terms
  • Conduct research into projects and interview involved parties (when necessary) to document and catalog engagement processes
  • Oversee data migration into CMS
  • Contribute to developing a process for recording the accessioning and decommissioning/deaccessioning of collections items and metadata in the CMS
  • Consult with public art organizations and agencies about classification standards, and utilize as appropriate
  • Maintain the CMS database over the duration of the contract; interfacing with the CMS representative and support team as necessary around data migration and to problem-solve issues

Preferred Qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent advanced degree or certification
  • 1-2+ years cataloging experience in library or archives setting
  • Knowledge of best practices in archival standards and cataloging standards; knowledge of or capacity to learn about best practices in historic preservation standards
  • Knowledge of the use and application of standardized vocabularies and thesauri; familiarity with developing local taxonomies a plus
  • Adequate knowledge of digital asset management systems and content management systems
  • Familiarity with Public Art Archive (CMS)
  • Familiarity with VRA Core, CCO
  • Familiarity with and interest in public art and social practice, and Philadelphia public history
  • Research experience a plus

Mural Arts seeks candidates who value and demonstrate the following core competencies: committed problem solving, deep thinking & fearless creation, inquisitive learning, thoughtful communication, mindful collaboration, personal accountability, and a commitment to actively prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Compensation & Work Location

The compensation for this contract is $10,000. While Mural Arts is not typically a remote work environment, current standards due to COVID-19 have required partial remote work for staff and contractors throughout the organization. Functional home wifi and appropriate area to conduct work is necessary. Access to the Mural Arts building is scheduled in advance and adheres to organizational Safety Protocols.

Application

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to Emily Cooper Moore at emily.coopermoore@muralarts.org by October 16, 2020. Please enter “Public Art Cataloger application” in the subject line. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.