Job Opening: FRONT Fellowship at Cleveland Public Library

Aug. 06, 2021

The Position and Project: The FRONT Fellow at Cleveland Public Library

Term: September 1, 2021 – October 23, 2022

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is a free, public, summer-long art festival. In museum exhibitions and at sites across the region every three years, FRONT is an expansive stage for local, national, and international artists to create and share new work that is inspired by and engaged with the most important social, political, cultural, and environmental issues of our time. FRONT's first exhibition in 2018 featured the works of 114 artists, attracted 90,000 visitors from over 25 countries, and generated $31 million in economic impact for the region. FRONT's second edition Triennial, launching July 16-October 2, 2022, is titled Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows and explores art as an agent of transformation, a mode of healing, and a therapeutic process. FRONT is committed to broadening access to the arts and has partnered with Cleveland Public Library (CPL) to expand the reach and impact of our programming.

Position:This position is an independent contractor position that is responsible for the design of community-based FRONT educational programming at FRONT, in CPL branches, and in surrounding areas. The primary purpose of this position is to develop content that exposes diverse populations to contemporary art in library branches and at FRONT. While the emphasis of CPL’s programming is primarily on children <18, the programming designed as a part of this partnership will target each segment of CPL’s service population (K-8, teen, adult and special interest). This position will also be responsible for developing a master calendar of FRONT and partner-driven educational opportunities that will enable city residents to take full advantage of FRONT-related programming.

  • Planning
    •In collaboration with CPL staff, the Fellow helps define the project scope, required resources,outreach efforts to local audiences, and identifies partner agencies/individuals who cansuccessfully deliver required services.
    •Creates a detailed programming curriculum which identifies and sequences the activities for theperiod of September 2021 through September 2022.
    •Recommends approximate budgets for library programming based on internal and externalsources of funding.
    •Develops a schedule for project completion that effectively allocates the resources to theactivities. Quality, not quantity of programs, is the priority.
    •In collaboration with CPL staff, funders, and partners, determines the objectives and measuresupon which the FRONT exhibit and programming will be evaluated at its completion.
    •Serves as a liaison to FRONT and CPL partner organizations and communicates with themfrequently.
    •In consultation with FRONT and partner leadership, recruits artists and program facilitators withappropriate skills for programming activities.
    •Ensures that all FRONT-related personnel receives an appropriate orientation to the program.
    •Advises CPL staff on staffing levels, event details and logistics.
  • Implementation
    • Works with artists, FRONT staff, and partner staff to develop programming according to the project plan.
    • In conjunction with CPL staff, monitors the progress of the FRONT programming, making adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project.
    • Establishes a communication schedule to update partners and FRONT staff on the progress of the project.
    • Works with partners to develop and implement FRONT-related curriculum for delivery in schools and other partner organizations.
    • Conducts outreach activities to engage local adults and youth in FRONT programming.
  • Schedule
    September – October: Asset Mapping (CPL and surrounding community) and Outreach
    • October – January: Program Design and Budget Development, FRONT Preview Exhibition Programming
    • January – May: Planning and Promotion
    • June – September: Implementation and Evaluation
    • October: Final Reporting

Reporting Requirements
Bi-weekly (every two weeks) reporting to CPL and FRONT Monthly analysis of FRONT@CPL programs (attendance, retention, pre/post surveys, partner feedback etc.) Final Report summarizing FRONT@CPL programming.

  • Qualifications
    • B.A. in a related field, M.A. or M.F.A. preferred, or equivalent experience
    • 3-5 years experience in arts-related public programs or project management • Experience working with communities served by Cleveland Public Library
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace

Salary: $55,000

Application Materials
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for 2 references to