The Hub for Innovation in Learning & Technology invites applicants for the position of Curator for the new Science Gallery Detroit Lab. Science Gallery is a brand new initiative that will take emerging research and ideas from the worlds of art, science, design and technology and present them to 15-25 years olds connective, participative, and surprising ways.
The position involves being a central part of the planning, implementation and day-to-day delivery of Science Gallery Lab’s season of curated programming in Detroit. It involves helping ensure that programming is in line with SGLD’s strategic objectives. From the opening of the initial season onward, this position will involve overseeing the design and day-to day implementation of the gallery. The position involves working closely with the SGLD Director, and all key stakeholders, including the on-call curators for each season, to define and shape each season’s shows and all planning, commissioning, and managing that is necessary to ensure their successful delivery. The position also involves managing the freelance curators and producers engaged to curate specific elements of each season.
The successful applicant will join SGLD, and take on an ongoing role that provides an exceptional opportunity for a highly committed, creative and organized individual to shape the programming and experience that will aim to make SGLD a vibrant, participative environment buzzing with conversation, big ideas, fun and surprise for Detroit, Southeast Michigan, and the broader region.
To put in place, plan, and maintain a viable and exciting season of programs.
To manage day-to-day gallery functioning of the gallery, after the initial opening.
Participating with the curatorial team, in planning and reviewing of submissions, and all commissioning, involved with creating a viable and exciting season program;
Sharing the management of meetings of SGL’s advisor groups, actively participating in the development of exciting and engaging future programming themes and ideas with the group;
Participating in driving and managing accessible and productive open call processes for seasons, the primary means used by SLD to solicit ideas for content and collaborations
Contributing to planning and design that leads to the delivery of high quality programming on time and within budget;
To develop and maintain friendly and highly productive relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including artists, scientists, performers, MSU’s staff/faculty/students, SGL funders and others.
To deliver all the above in line with policy and procedures of SGLD.
Five or more years of experience in developing, managing, producing large scale cross-cultural events, educational programs and exhibits around art, art events and art performances.
Demonstrated success working with and developing mutually beneficial art show partnerships with historically underrepresented communities and the organizations which serve them;
Self-starter who is skilled working independently and remotely while also being a great team player;
Experience developing, implementing and managing multiple art shows and exhibitions;
Excellent organizational skills; communication skills, polished public speaker, and good listener;
A track-record that shows an interest and commitment to fostering art innovation and experimentation;
A mature level of judgment and decision-making;
Excellent self-reflection skills, accompanied by a willingness to experiment, take calculated risks, and learn from them;
A forward thinker, who can project a vision into a concrete concept of development;
A high-energy level and an ability to solve problems and manage multiple activities and responsibilities;
Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the means to address issues in non-confrontational and non-polarizing ways, while still acting with determination;
An entrepreneurial approach to the art business around institutions and outside partnerships and leadership that fosters revenue growth, innovation and success through new ideas and approaches.
Required Application Materials
Applicants will be required to submit CV and Cover Letter.
Any questions related to the position should be directed to the Science Gallery Director, Troy Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org
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