The Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions creates meaningful encounters between artists, students, the public, and works of art; including but not limited to exhibitions, gallery talks, lectures, demonstrations, special activities, performances, film screenings, as well as activities for families and children. The Director is responsible for managing existing programs, assessing their effectiveness, and creating new programs that meet Peninsula School of Art’s long-range engagement goals.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions will propose, conceptualize, develop and implement a strategic, entrepreneurial, and focused plan for public programs and exhibitions, that:
- Encourage new thinking and creative growth
- Foster the next generation’s imagination
- Educate the general public about the importance and appreciation of art
- Increase public familiarity with PenArt’s identity, mission, and services
- Provide curriculum-based, child-centered art education to K-12 school groups, and preschoolers
- Strengthen relationships with diverse communities
- Attract external funding support
- Develop, plan and implement a year-round calendar of exhibitions, including installation and layout out of exhibits, representing a variety of media/techniques, and integrated with PenArt’s workshop and education programs.
- Recruit exhibiting artists, and manage all correspondence, contracts, shipping and return of artwork.
- Produce gallery talks, demonstrations, panels, gallery tours, and social events that enhance exhibitions through education, interpretation, and social engagement.
- Arrange travel, lodging, and payment for visiting artists and speakers.
- Develop, plan and implement a year-round calendar of dynamic free and accessible participatory programs that educate and inspire visitors of all ages, art appreciators, families, school children and teens.
- Expand the reach of PenArt programs by cultivating productive educational, performing arts, and other cultural and civic partnerships, leveraging shared resources, cross promotion, and creative programming.
- Evaluate attendance and level of engagement, learn from programs and improve.
- Design and conduct training programs for docents, interns, and volunteers
- Seek input from, and work collaboratively with the volunteer Gallery Committee, including attending meetings, preparing information on upcoming exhibitions and seeking feedback on public programs.
- Research and write resource materials and curriculum for school groups, tour groups and other audiences.
- Prepare copy and/or originate exhibition interpretation materials, including labels, gallery notes, family guides, visitor handouts, and other related visitor services.
Publications and Public Information
- Provide content for PenArt’s website as well as social media and other digital marketing as needed.
- Review, advise, and/or originate contributions to PenArt’s publications, blog and public information materials as required.
- Work closely with Executive Director to promote PenArt’s Public Programs and Exhibitions for all constituencies both internally and externally.
- Receive questions and feedback from visitors and handle situations that docents and staff are not prepared to handle.
- Assists Development staff with general fundraising activities, including providing relevant programming data and program specific content for grant and sponsorship proposals and reports to assist fundraising efforts.
- With Development staff coordinate special interpretive programs for members and other special constituencies including prospective donors of all levels.
Administration and Financial Management
- Prepare, monitor, manage, and evaluate the Public Programs budget
- Work collaboratively with other staff and the Executive Director to develop exhibition and community-related policies and procedures for PenArt.
- Maintain all records of programmatic and partnership activities.
- Identify, initiate, and deepen relationships with various community stakeholders
- Represent PenArt to a variety of special constituencies (local, regional, and national) and to the public at large.
- Attend exhibition openings, public programs, and related events as assigned.
- Perform other tasks as assigned or necessary.