Cultural DC Fellowship, Flashpoint Gallery

Posted: September 10, 2015 at 11:21 am, Last Updated: September 10, 2015 at 12:04 pm

CulturalDC ● George Mason University Fellows Job Description

CulturalDC is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1998 (as the Cultural Development Corporation), that makes space for art through its programs and services. CulturalDC’s mission is to encourage artistic innovation connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the District of Columbia and neighboring urban communities. We are a catalyst to and a resource for emerging arts organizations, providing them with a wide range of programs and services that support emerging artists’ ability to live and work in the city. Our work brings audiences access to affordable, innovative visual and performing art. We also provide services to developers in their creative space-making initiatives.

The CulturalDC ● Mason Fellowship Program, established in 2014, provides a unique opportunity to leverage experience and participate in the execution of a vibrant professional non-profit arts gallery in Washington, DC. Each year, two Fellows are selected to undertake core projects that align with CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery’s goals and focus on capacity-building of CulturalDC and/or its artists and arts organizations. Fellows are encouraged to design and launch projects that build upon their expertise and supports CulturalDC’s organizational needs. The fellowship program offers in-depth, hands-on experience working with a range of CulturalDC’s stakeholders. Fellows’ work may vary by expertise and professional interests. The Fellow works directly with the Director of Artistic Programs & Program Associate. This tailored and immersive position also offers professional development and Capstone project support for students by CulturalDC staff.

Fellowship #2: Community Engagement Fellow (Arts Management Program MA Candidate)

[2 Credits (84 hrs)/Semester]

Focus: Engage CulturalDC stakeholders, Gallery Artists and the community in general fresh and dynamic dialogue around the Flashpoint Gallery and exhibitions


 Work directly with the Director of Artistic Programs to administer projects related to strategic planning for Flashpoint Gallery and CulturalDC as a whole;

 Liaise with visitors, volunteers, other students, staff and patrons to raise awareness around Flashpoint Gallery; assist with content development and communications strategies for individual shows and the exhibition program as a whole;

 Coordinate professional development opportunities and public programs for artists including artist talks, member events, and the Luce Center Artist Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum;

 Serve as bi-weekly (Saturday) Gallery Attendant; greet patrons, answer phones and inquiries, monitor traffic in and out of the gallery.

 Assist with application process for 2016-17 Flashpoint Season (Fall semester); shadow exhibition selection process for 2016-17 Flashpoint Season (Spring semester)

 Provide support as needed to other visual arts projects at CulturalDC (Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, Storefronts DC public art program, etc.)

Eligibility & Qualifications

The CulturalDC ● Mason Fellowship program is open to extraordinary George Mason University MFA candidates in School of Art and MA candidates in Arts Management who express a passion and commitment for interdisciplinary arts development. CulturalDC is seeking individuals with:

 Demonstrated experience and passion for working in the visual arts field or within a cultural organization;

 Excellent writing and communication skills;

 Ability and willingness to work in a changing non-profit environment;

 Ability to work two Saturdays per month in CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery. Additional hours may include some weekends and evenings.

How to apply:

The CulturalDC Fellow application should include a cover letter outlining your interest in CulturalDC and prior experience, and a current resume. Each candidate selected for the final round will be asked to participate in an interview.

To apply, submit the materials above to:

Violet Mantell, CulturalDC

Attn: Fellow Search

916 G Street NW | Washington, DC 20001