Arts Leaders Fellowship Program

Applications due: Friday, January 5 at 5pm.

Timeframe: Spring 2018. Monday, February 5 through Friday, June 22 (flexible) 

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours per week for 20 weeks. Weekly meetings on Mondays 7-9pm (required)

Compensation: $2500 stipend ($125 per week) plus opportunity to work House Manager shifts (weeknights and weekends, $15/hr)

The Center at West Park’s Arts Leaders Fellowship Program is an opportunity for early career arts professionals to build skills and experience while shaping the direction of a new arts and culture center in a historic building on the Upper West Side. 

Fellows will work closely with the Center’s Executive & Artistic Director to plan and execute projects to build both organization capacity and their individual skill sets, as well as regular tasks to support the weekly operations of the Center. Fellows will meet weekly on Monday evenings to share goals and accomplishments, collaborate on solutions, and discuss organizational strategy. Each fellow will also be assigned a mentor from the Board of Directors or senior staff. 

All fellows will have two unique opportunities: 1) working with the Executive & Artistic Director and Board Programming Committee to curate the Center’s upcoming season, and 2) sitting in on monthly board meetings (also on Monday evenings) and delivering reports on their projects to the board. 

Fellows will also have the opportunity to sign up for House Manager shifts during performances and Sunday church services, TuesdaySunday evenings and Sunday mornings, 4-8 hours per shift, $15 per hour. 

Some experience in arts administration, producing, and/or curation is preferred. A passion for music, dance, theater, film, and/or visual art is a must. 

The Center at West Park is building a welcoming and inclusive community that spans diverse points of view; cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; national origins and immigration statuses; ages, abilities, orientations, and gender identities; and religious and spiritual affiliations (or none at all). We call the diverse members of our community into relationship through our shared commitment to creative and intellectual expression. Persons of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship Positions

Arts Education Fellow
  • Attend monthly board meetings (Monday evenings)
  • Participate in Board Programming Committee meetings and calls
  • Design and implement Spring 2018 arts education program
  • Additional projects as assigned by Executive & Artistic Director
Arts Management Fellow
  • Attend monthly board meetings (Monday evenings)
  • Participate in Board Programming Committee, Finance Committee, and Facilities Committee meetings and calls
  • Participate in design and implement bookkeeping and internal communication systems
  • Participate in development of organizational policies and practices
  • Track weekly income and expenses 
  • Additional projects as assigned by Executive & Artistic Director
Development Fellow
  • Attend monthly board meetings (Monday evenings)
  • Participate in Board Programming Committee and Fundraising Committee meetings and calls
  • Research and draft grants for programming, general operating, and capital support
  • Support planning and implementation of spring fundraising campaign
  • Build a database of supporters (with Outreach Fellow)
  • Additional projects as assigned by Executive & Artistic Director
Outreach Fellow
  • Attend monthly board meetings (Monday evenings)
  • Participate in Board Programming Committee and Fundraising Committee meetings and calls
  • Design and implement neighborhood outreach campaign and audience engagement program
  • Coordinate marketing with resident performing artists across web, social, email, and print 
  • Build a database of event attendees and potential partners (with Development Fellow)
  • Additional projects as assigned by Executive & Artistic Director
Technical and Facilities Fellow
  • Attend monthly board meetings (Monday evenings)
  • Participate in Board Programming Committee and Facilities Committee meetings and calls
  • Manage inventory of technical equipment
  • Coordinate and supervise load-in and load-out of all productions (usually Sundays and Mondays)
  • Supervise safety and organization of all equipment and performances spaces
  • Additional projects as assigned by Executive & Artistic Director

 

Application

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a work sample to info@centeratwestpark.org.

Cover Letter

In your cover letter, please indicate which fellowship(s) you are interested in, your regular availability on weekdays, evenings, and weekends, and whether you have any conflicts that will make you unavailable for a week or more during the fellowship period. Please also address the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in this fellowship program? What do you hope to gain from this experience? Why is this the right time for this fellowship in your artistic and/or professional journey? What interests you about working at The Center at West Park?
  2. What experiences have prepared you for this fellowship? What have you done, learned, studied, and/or experienced that has prepared you for this fellowship?
  3. What are you passionate about? Tell us what about music, dance, theater, film, and/or visual art excites and inspires you. We would love to hear a brief story that illustrates what the arts mean to you and why.

Work Sample

The work sample should demonstrate your best work in an area closely related to the fellowship for which you are applying. It can be text (max two pages), video or audio (max 5 minutes), images (max 5), or a website (one specific page). If your work sample is longer than the maximum, please indicate which part of the text/video/audio/image collection/website you want us to focus on. You may provide a sample other than the suggestions below, but it should be applicable to the fellowship. Some suggestions are:

  • Arts Education: lesson plan you wrote, teaching materials you created, documentation of a class you taught
  • Arts Management: budget you created for a project, strategic plan you wrote, documentation of a successful project you led
  • Development: fundraising event invitation you designed, fundraising letter you wrote, crowdfunding video you made
  • Outreach: marketing materials you designed, materials you created for an outreach initiative
  • Technical & Facilities: technical drawings you made, lighting or scenic design sketches or photos from a production you worked on