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MCA Creative Minnesota Internship

CREATIVE MINNESOTA INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE AT MINNESOTA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a nationally renowned arts advocacy organization that lobbies for state arts funding, seeks a Creative Minnesota intern to begin in November 2019. The position is part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week) and the compensation is $10/hr.

ABOUT MCA: MCA represents the arts community of Minnesota at the state legislature and lobbies for state funding of the arts, as well as other issues of concern to the non-profit arts community. MCA also does advocacy for the National Endowment for the Arts. To lobby effectively, MCA organizes grassroots advocacy around the state and keeps constituents educated and informed about the political process and the current state of arts funding throughout the year.

ABOUT CREATIVE MINNESOTA: Creative Minnesota, a consortium of more than a dozen arts and culture nonprofits and funders, will conduct the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study. In addition to updates from previous studies about the size and impact of the state’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers, the team will be working on updates of a report on the availability of arts education in Minnesota’s schools. Previous Creative Minnesota reports, published in 2015, 2017, and 2019 documented the arts sector in Minnesota. The new study will also look at the impact of the arts in Minnesota over time. It will be added to the growing body of 59 Creative Minnesota statewide, regional and local studies available for free to the public at CreativeMN.org.


Interns will have exposure to and opportunities to interact with some of the movers and shakers in the arts community, as well as a working knowledge of the legislative process, arts funding structures in Minnesota and the basic functions of running a nonprofit.


Duties and projects included in the internship:

  • Assist staff in producing the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study, to be released in March of 2021.
  • Clean data, do other tasks as needed as Creative Minnesota study is put together.
  • Call arts organizations, or do online research, to fill in gaps in data.
  • Assist in organizing Creative Minnesota team meetings.
  • Work with staff on current projects if needed including, board meeting preparation, filing and data entry.

Qualified applicants would possess the following skills:

    – Absolute accuracy in working with numbers and other information
    – Basic knowledge of press releases and some work contacting press.
    – Interest in working with the arts community.

    – Good communication skills, especially speaking with people on the phone.
    – A self-starting, positive, self-motivated personality and a sense of humor.

    – Good organizational skills and the ability to perform many tasks simultaneously.
    – Computer literacy; preferably experience with Macintosh, Microsoft Word & Excel 

    – Independent and creative work habits.

APPLY NOW. Please mail or email résumé and cover letter by Nov. 1, 2019 to: 
Mark Albers, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
661 LaSalle Street #220 
St. Paul, MN 55114
Mark@artsMN.org 


Showcase Specialist position is Open

NWMAC Showcase Specialist Contract Position is Open. Deadline to Apply is September 12.

Job Description includes:

  • Coordinate 8 different showcases in Thief River Falls at Northland CTC gallery.  Coordinate all the artist receptions.  Attend and evaluate each event by collecting statistics, interviews, and pictures.  Report by email twice a month to the Director of the NWMAC about changes or concerns regarding exhibits. Exhibits include:
    1. Four exhibits featuring artists with one featuring artists of color
    2. One exhibit featuring students
    3. One exhibit featuring folk arts
    4. Two exhibits featuring art by a variety of people as art for all        
  • Display enhanced listing art with labeling at location selected.    
  • Research traveling cart idea including budget and logistics.  
  • Research other art crawl events in our area and prepare a plan related to connecting our artists with these showcases. 
  • Assist the Director of the NWMAC with the display set-up for the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit.  This is two full days of work each Spring.  Attend the reception (a third full day), count people’s choice ballots, assist with awards presentation, and help dismantle the exhibit.  Select 12-15 pieces for the traveling exhibit during the set-up day.  Announce the traveling exhibit names at the reception and inform the public about exhibiting opportunities.  Collect pieces in bins at the end of the reception and transport pieces to the first traveling exhibit library location.     
  • Arrange dates and locations for the mini-traveling exhibit to area libraries.  Move the exhibit throughout the locations.  Work with locations on press release and announcements including providing text and pictures to our Promotions Specialist for social media posts.  Move the exhibit twelve times, once a month from May through April to each county.  Drop artwork off with the artists at the end of the exhibit or bring to the registration day of the next annual exhibit and return to them as they drop off a new piece.  While at the location, advertise that you will meet with artists at the library to talk about showcasing at our gallery and upcoming trainings and more.  
  • Design marketing pieces for showcase projects.  Create press releases and media announcements for projects.
  • Provide a print-out of completed work activities for the NWMAC meetings in June that includes statistics/evaluation, pictures, and upcoming events.  

$12,000 annual budget. All contract positions work out of their home, with their own computer and office equipment and supplies. We pay at the specialist rate of $25.00 per hour. Time tracking related to tasks completed is submitted monthly for reimbursement from the budgeted contract amount annually. Extremely flexible hours to complete tasks. Approximately 8 hours a week.

Deadline of September 12 for applicants to apply.  Please submit a cover letter and complete an application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JobAppNWMAC. It will work best if you prepare your response before starting the job application within the link. Each part of the work activities is included in the job application and you will write about your qualifications, communication style and ability to connect with others and build good relationships.

Please contact NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel with any questions at director@nwartscouncil.org or 218-745-9111.

Minnesota State Arts Board is Looking for an Accounting Technician

Accounting technician

The Minnesota State Arts Board has launched a search for an accounting technician. This important position is responsible for helping to ensure accountability for public funds by completing financial reviews and reconciliations for competitive and legislatively mandated grants.

Minimum qualifications include: an associate’s degree in accounting; a minimum of two years’ professional experience in an accounting position; ability to understand and explain state financial policies and procedures; and the ability to work with a diverse group of constituents including agency staff, vendors, and grantees.

Interested individuals must apply online, and must submit a cover letter outlining their interest and qualifications. More details about the position, required qualifications, and application instructions are available on the State of Minnesota’s Careers Web portal https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/search-for-jobs/  Search for Job ID #32207.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 20, 2019.

Sod House Theater Looking for Managing Director

Managing Director, Sod House Theater

Reports to: Artistic Directors

Sod House Theater seeks to hire a Managing Director to help build sustainable processes with budgets, strategic goals and fund development. This position is 15 to 20 hours per week and collaborates and reports to the Artistic Directors.

Sod House’s mission is to bring theater experiences to greater Minnesota residents that are high-quality, relevant and accessible, and that inspire people to embrace theater as a powerful vehicle for individual and communal reflection. Sod House chooses works that are germane to the communities in which they are presented, and perform them in venues that are connected to the community’s history. They work with both professional artists based in the Twin Cities and local artists from host communities to create and present the work. The resulting theater experiences are transformational for artists and audiences alike. Their ultimate goal is that after these communities experience their productions, they will be inspired to support theater productions in the future and embrace theater as a part of a reflective and thoughtful life.

Since its founding in 2012 by Luverne Seifert and Darcey Engen, Sod House Theater has produced and successfully toured an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Durrenmatt’s The Visit, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, a newly developed piece entitled The Hoopla Train: Yard Master Yip and His Polkastraand Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Since its inception, Sod House has received nearly a half a million dollars for summer tours and has performed to over 20,000 Minnesota residents.

The Position: The Managing Director is responsible for Sod House Theater’s financial objectives, including Fund Development, Grants and the Annual Budget. Additionally, the Managing Director, in close coordination with the Artistic Directors and Board of Directors, is responsible for strategic planning and goal setting, developing and managing budgets and organizational systems; and day-to-day operations.

Primary Responsibilities:

Fund Development (60%):Create a comprehensive development plan that includes government, private foundation, corporate, and individual donor support:

  • Implement strategies outlined in the development plan, including donor research and prospecting, relationship building, grant writing and reporting, and event planning
  • Maintain an accurate and up to date donor database that reflects and helps to build donor relations in all areas
  • Maintain an accurate grant calendar including narrative writing, organizational data and history, financial data, work samples and demographic data
  • Develop and implement a planned giving program and work with board to enhance
  • development efforts
  • Write and submit all interim and final reports, as well as any associated requests for payment

Financial Management (25%):Manage the annual budget and finances:

  • Oversee budget, financial reporting, annual audit, contract management and insurance.
  • Work with the AD and BOD to prepare annual operating budget and meet projected goals throughout the year
  • Manage all financial reporting to the IRS, MN Department of Revenue, Secretary of State and Attorney General
  • Jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents
  • Manage staff and production payroll
  • Manage all accounts payable and receivable operations
  • Maintain book-keeping and payroll

Communications and Marketing (15%): Work with Artistic Directors and Board of Directors to ensure strong communications to strengthen SHT’s marketing strategies:

  • Collaborate with the Artistic Directors, consultants, Board, greater MN contacts, and performers to gather stories and statistics that demonstrate the organization’s work to funders and the general public.
  • Collaborate with consultants and Artistic staff on online content.

Education, Experience and Abilities:The desired candidate will have some or all of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) required, or three years’ experience in performing arts management.
  • Demonstrated success in securing major and annual gifts from foundations, corporations and individuals.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting annual fund goals, development management, grant writing, sponsorships and special events.
  • Demonstrated track record with respect to detail orientation and accuracy
  • Knowledge of Twin Cities and Minnesota philanthropic communities and granting organizations.
  • Computer literacy and competency with electronic donor tracking systems
  • Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities; ability to communicate clearly in person and in writing.

Compensation:Part time salary of $25,000

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Darcey Engen, Artistic Director, Sod House Theater engen@augsburg.edu

Deadline: Position open until filled

Job Opening for Exhibition Coordinator at NDMOA

Interested in working at an art museum?

The North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks has a position opening

Job Description: Registrar/Exhibition Coordinator
Opening: August 2019
Applications accepted now with on the job training beginning summer 2019.
The North Dakota Museum of Art researches, collects, conserves and exhibits works of contemporary art. The Registrar/Exhibition Coordinator is responsible for supporting the mission, vision and philosophy of the Museum as it pertains to the above actions. The position will interpret and display objects of artistic and historical importance, with the additional responsibility of carrying out and documenting the following activities:
Object entry and acquisition of new and existing works in the collection
Management of all incoming and outgoing artworks
Care of physical objects and storage procedures
Digital photography documentation of the collection and exhibitions
Crating, packing, and coordinating the shipping of exhibition materials
Preparing objects for exhibition by matting, framing or mounting, including performing condition reports on all artwork for exhibitions and the collection
Exhibitions installation of 2 and 3-dimensional and audio/visual projects
Exhibition tour management of statewide and national traveling exhibitions
Organize and maintain off-site storage facilities
Management of insurance coverage of art collection
Interpretation and advice on legal and regulatory issues
Ability to gain proficiency in the Museum’s permanent collection database
Knowledge of best practices of contemporary display techniques (lighting, audio/video installation, hanging artwork)

Some general building upkeep and maintenance

Email your resume and cover letter to Matthew Wallace at mwallace@ndmoa.com.