The Arts Educator/Gallery Curator will be part of the STEAM team, contributing their expertise in Visual Arts and Art Education. Working with the team, the Arts Educator will be in charge of programming in the Museum’s combined Art Studio and Maker Space, and exhibit-based arts programming throughout the Museum. They will directly lead programs for the public and train other education staff to do so. The Arts Educator will manage and curate the Boston Children’s Museum Gallery, including finding and working with visiting artists. Overall, BCM Educators are responsible for developing and delivering quality, engaging, meaningful and enjoyable programs for all visitors. In addition, Educators are responsible for insuring their exhibit spaces are functioning properly, and periodically participating on relevant exhibit teams and developing new exhibit components. Applicants should have strong experience working with young children, an understanding of informal educational settings, a good sense of interesting voices in the vibrant Boston arts community, and a proven record of networking and working with artists and makers.
Essential Job Functions:
- Develop and implement art- and maker-based programs, using a variety of media, materials, and approaches, including programs inspired by the Museum’s collection objects, exhibits, and program themes. Programs take place in the Art Studio and in other museum exhibit spaces, including outdoors.
- Lead programs for the public directly, as well as training and mentoring floor staff and interns in their delivery.
- Plan and curate Gallery shows, working with local artists to develop site-specific installations and exhibitions that inspire and engage our multi-age audience, with a special emphasis on interactive components.
- Lead school/group programs including our object based learning school program, “Global Stories” for grades 1- 5 in collaboration with our collections manager.
- Act as a Museum liaison to the arts education and Maker communities.
- Participate on relevant exhibit and program development teams, contributing ideas, creativity and an Art/Maker perspective.
- Assist with major events such as Maker Faire, school vacation week, and summer programming.
- Serve visitors from diverse populations with age appropriate programming in a courteous and professional manner.
- Manage logistics for the Art/Maker Studio, including ordering supplies, planning and working within the budget, and managing program schedule.
- Manage Gallery, including chairing the Gallery committee, maintaining contracts, documenting and coordinating incoming and outgoing loans of works of art utilizing best practices and museum standards, planning and working within budgets, coordinating schedules and assisting with installation and de-installation of shows.