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Do you have a broad understanding of current performing arts disciplines (including music, dance, film, and theatre)? Are you a creative problem solver with excellent project management skills and flexibility? Do you have an interest in working directly with artists and the community?
John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI, is currently seeking an Associate Curator of Programming (Performance Emphasis) to conceptualize, develop and implement performing arts programming, projects and commissions in alignment with the Arts Center’s mission and the long-term goals of the Programming Department.
Additionally, this position researches, proposes, plans and manages performing arts programming and projects related to all programming and exhibitions at the Arts Center.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Conduct research, create proposals, and oversee performing arts programming including residencies, performances, Summer Music Series, film series, and other performing arts programming as needed and aligned with current exhibitions, collections, and programming themes.
Provide hands-on assistance in the execution of all performing arts activities.
Facilitate negotiation and generation of all performing arts contracts including licenses to ensure legal compliance is executed.
Contribute and produce original research and writing for JMKAC’s didactics, publications, social media, website, and other outlets; work closely with the Marketing team to communicate, promote, and publicize the Arts Center’s performing arts programming.
Assist the Development team with identifying grant opportunities for programs, including grant writing and reporting.
Ensure the creation and oversight of all performing arts programming budgets and secure in-kind contributions to aid in ensuring the best possible productions while staying within allocated budget.
Complete administrative tasks related to the department and collaborate with programming staff and technical support to develop and maintain performance-related workflows, logistics, and schedules.
Evaluate all performing arts programming from inception to conclusion and develop new and innovative approaches to programming through performance.
Maintain and strengthen the Arts Center’s regional, national and international professional networks; cultivate and maintain relationships with artists, donors, grantees, networks, and others relevant to JMKAC’s mission and work.
Be actively involved in appropriate, targeted meetings, conferences, and panels at local, state, and national levels.
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Broad understanding of current performing arts disciplines (including music, dance, film, theatre) and technical production
Ability to work directly with artists and community
Excellent communication skills – verbal, oral and written
Maintain interpersonal relationships
Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
Proficiency in Social Media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat)
Master’s Degree in performing arts, arts administration, or a closely aligned field
Three to five years of experience in performing arts or programming equivalent
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently sit; use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects; and talk or hear. The employee will also intermittently stand, walk, climb or balance, and smell to complete this job. The employee should be able to lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities when performing this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Able to read and interpret documents, write routine correspondence, speak effectively with others. Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers. Able to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Able to deal with problems involving few concrete variables in standard situations.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The position is office/art gallery based and noise level usually moderate. May occasionally work inside or outside at events where noise level could be moderate to loud.
Hours of work include daytime hours Monday – Friday and include evenings and occasionally Saturdays and Sundays to meet staffing and/or event needs.
For more than fifty years, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center has promoted the understanding and appreciation for the work of self-taught and contemporary artists. Our organization located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is home to the first and only museum dedicated to artist-built environments. We are proud of the international reputation we have earned, and we’re proud of the team that makes it happen.
We hire people who want a career—not just a position. We’re looking for employees to become part of a purpose-driven team that celebrates the arts and enhances the community. Just as we support emerging artists, we strive to nurture new talent. We encourage creative thinkers.
We value diversity and foster inclusivity. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is devoted to building a workplace where people of all social identities and abilities feel not only welcome, but included. We want our employees to contribute their unique perspectives, skills, and experiences in advancing the Arts Center’s mission as well as their own professional growth and mobility. Employees also find our competitive benefits and life-balance approach valuable.