The Audience-Centered Program Coordinator is responsible for the proposal, planning, facilitation, and implementation of participatory, exhibition-related programming at the Arts Center. This position works collaboratively with the Education Program Director and Public Programs team to develop and maintain a suite of programs and resources that provide accessible and inclusive opportunities for audiences of all ages and abilities. The coordinator thinks holistically about how programming deeply engages audiences in JMKAC’s collections, exhibitions, and advocacy and how it supports the Arts Center’s mission and strategic goals,
Project Lead and Support Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Designs workshops and opportunities for adults with memory loss and their caretakers through the SPARK! program.
- Manages summer camp programming. Plans and oversees the summer camp schedule, hiring and training of teaching artists, administrative duties inclusive of budget, registration, marketing, and evaluation.
- Manages Youth Art Month exhibition and celebration. Works collaboratively with local educators, Exhibitions, Education, Performing Arts, and Facilities staff as point person for all logistic needs.
- Oversees the scheduling of ceramics classes and hiring, training, and supervision of ceramics teaching artists. Collaborates with teaching artists to schedule ceramics classes and workshops throughout the year. Continually works to identify areas of growth for ceramics studio opportunities.
- Oversees the planning and facilitation of Family Days, sensory-friendly programming, and accessibility resources in collaboration with Education Team.
- Plans and oversees the annual Chair City Cookout in collaboration with Public Programs, Exhibitions, and Facilities staff and intern.
- Prepares, administers, and monitors the audience-centered programming budget as assigned in conjunction with the Education Program Director and Director of Public Programs.
- As assigned, manages and trains education interns, volunteers, independent contractors, and teaching artists. Recruits and manages relationships with instructors, prepares contracts, and schedules spaces.
- Works with community groups and organizations in connection with assigned duties to increase awareness of the institution as an educational resource.
- Participates in local, state, and national professional art education associations that will enrich the Art Center’s education program. Represents the Art Center and shares information about programming and resources with colleagues in the field and the community at large.
- Drafts original marketing copy, gathers appropriate imagery, and works with the Marketing department to promote programs and resources.
- Provides support as assigned with workshop development, marketing and logistics, and facilitation at Teacher Recharge and professional development programs for educators.
- As assigned, creates and collaborates on curriculum development with a focus on Wandering Wisconsin and Artist-built Environments.
- Supports Art Links Sheboygan programming through administrative and facilitation support.
- Proposes and plans one-day workshop opportunities connected to exhibitions or permanent collection in collaboration with the Education Program Director and Public Programs.
- Supports the Youth Dance program as assigned with administrative duties.
- As assigned, assists visitors in The ARTery during staffed hours and collaborates with Education team on project development and implementation.
- As assigned, assists with Arts Center and Public Programs events such as the Midsummer Festival of the Arts, Holiday Continental, and Sheboygan Children and Teen’s Book Festival.
Requirements, Education, and Experience
- BFA or MFA in studio art, art education, or museum education. Minimum 2-3 years in museum education or teaching experience (in a school or informal setting).
- Knowledge of artist-built environments, folk art, and contemporary art.
- Knowledge of a wide variety of art-making processes and the ability to plan programming for a variety of ages and abilities.
- Excellent communication, organizational time management, and computer skills.
- Knowledge of museum and art education theories and methods, such as VTS, The Contextual Model of Learning, Aesthetic Development, and Choice-Based Models.
- Able to write copy, speeches, articles, and more that conform to prescribed style and format.
- Able to effectively present information to public groups.
- Able to efficiently and effectively respond to common inquiries or complaints.
- Able to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports.
- Have a knowledge of spreadsheet and Word processing software.
- Utilize social media and online resources to promote Arts Center programming.
- Passion for and commitment to JMKAC’s core mission and goals.
- Passion for and commitment to equity and diversity in the arts.
- Ability to manage complex projects and prioritize tasks; highly organized and detail-oriented.
- Proven teamwork and collaboration, readiness to share information, and willingness to accept feedback.
- Emotional intelligence and cultural competence; ability to connect with diverse audiences.
- Bilingual or polite Spanish speaking skills preferred.
- Availability for evening/weekend events.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all EOE and ADA requirements. We are committed to employing a diverse workforce, and we have a strong organizational commitment to racial equity. People of color, gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and low-income people are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if we can help make JMKAC’s application or hiring process more accessible for you.
Please send cover letter, résumé, and three professional references to:
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Human Resources Manager
608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081
Or email: HR@jmkac.org