Curatorial and Communications Interns (two open positions)

Status: Part-time (20-25 hrs/week), non-exempt; $18.00/hour

Reports to: Public Art Project Manager

Department: Public Art

Application Deadline: **For priority consideration, applicants are encouraged to send materials by Monday, April 22, 2024 at 5pm.**

About Public Art on The Greenway

The Greenway’s public art program brings innovative and contemporary art to Boston through free, temporary exhibitions, engaging people in meaningful experiences, interactions and dialogue with art, each other, and the most pressing issues of our time. The Greenway provides artists with unique opportunities to exhibit bold new work that considers the possibilities of 21st century Boston.

About the Opportunity

The Greenway Conservancy is seeking two creative, motivated, and engaging people to join our team as paid Curatorial and Communications Interns with our Public Art Team. The primary role of the Interns is to assist the Public Art Department with public art project management and community engagement. This position is an opportunity to join a dynamic organization and help contribute to the creative and collective vision for public space in downtown Boston.

The Greenway Conservancy invites and encourages members of marginalized groups –including veterans, disabled individuals, women, people of color, and people of all gender identities– to apply to this position. Students or recent graduates from backgrounds underrepresented in contemporary art, museums, and visual arts professions are strongly encouraged to apply!

Reporting to the Public Art Project Manager, each Curatorial Intern will work 20-25 hours per week to support the Conservancy’s Public Art Program, with the larger goal of engaging diverse communities of visitors that come to The Greenway to gather, play, unwind, and explore. 

The Curatorial and Communications Interns will gain firsthand experience with a wide range of responsibilities, including coordinating with artists, local partners, conducting studio visits, assisting with installation of public art projects, and curatorial research and writing. Interns will also assist with day to day digital communications to support storytelling efforts for ongoing and upcoming projects The Greenway’s website and social media platforms. In addition to working closely with curatorial staff, the Interns will have opportunities to meet with and connect with various arts organizations, professionals, and networks to gain an understanding of broader professional duties and possible career paths within the cultural and arts sphere.⁠

The Greenway Conservancy is committed to providing a park environment that is welcoming to racially, culturally, and economically diverse residents and visitors. You can read more about our mission, vision, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our website

Responsibilities

  • Work directly with the Project Manager and the Director & Curator of Public Art to support the process of public art creation and installation.
  • Generate public awareness and engagement for Conservancy public art projects, artists and programming via multimedia storytelling through video, writing, and social media. 
  • Provide programmatic support for Public Art Programs throughout the season.
  • Work outdoors, handle physical tasks, and conduct work with professionalism and compassion for everyone encountered.
  • Contribute to effective relationships with third-party vendors, organizations, cultural and community organizations, and Conservancy personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned related to the Conservancy’s mission or to support partners or stakeholders.
  • Interns will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as brown bag lunch-and-learns, studio visits with artists, and monthly staff meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ideal candidate has a strong interest and/or some experience in art administration, studio art, art history, urban planning, marketing, communications, design and/or related field with a demonstrated interest in public art and/or spatial justice.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual skills in Spanish, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese or other languages are a plus.
  • Social media experience and broad knowledge of platforms, trends, and tools necessary to support a successful social media strategy 
  • Computer proficiency, especially in Google for Work (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail) and Microsoft (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
  • Video, photo and/or graphic design skills preferred (but not required), including familiarity with Adobe Creative Suites programs (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather, kneel or stand for periods of time, and be    able to lift 50 pounds, which are all needed for on-site events..

**Experience working in diverse and inclusive organizations and/or communities is a plus.*

Logistics

  • This is a paid position with sick time benefits. Compensation will be $18.00/hour. 
  • The position duration is 12 weeks, beginning June 1, 2024 through September 30, 2024. 
  • Work hours are typically 20-25 hours/week, 4-6 hours a day, Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend and evening work required (with advanced notice).
  • Work will take place both inside the Greenway offices as well as outdoors on-site at The Greenway park. Some remote work may be possible on non-install days. 

Application Process

  1. Please email the following items to [email protected]
    1. Email Subject Line: Please include “Public Art: Curatorial & Communications Intern” as the subject line. 
    2. Cover Letter: Include a one-page cover letter (1 page)
    3. Resume: Include a one-page resume (1 page)
    4. References: Include 2-3 references. These can be previous supervisors, colleagues, and/or teachers, professors, or community members who know you well. 
  2. Send materials by Monday, April 22, 2024 at 5pm.** for priority consideration.
  3. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  4. If you have any questions, please email Audrey Lopez, Director & Curator of Public Art: [email protected] 

About The Greenway and the Conservancy

The Greenway is a contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources. 

To learn more about The Greenway and the Conservancy, please visit our website and blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Greenway Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression (including transgender) or any other characteristic protected by law.