Temporary Art Design Chicago Engagement Fellow

Updated: 25 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 25-May-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Part-time

Salary: Open


Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: JR26274

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

Job Summary:

For its 50th anniversary, the University of Chicagoâ™s Smart Museum of Art has commissioned South Side Chicago artist Robert Earl Paige (b. 1936) to create a multi-part installation derived from his fabric motifs for both a site-specific artwork and world-spanning public art project that takes Paigeâ™s idea of total work of art to its global apogee. Working with the Smart Museum of Artâ™s Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and Head of Education, Meg Jackson Fox, and in collaboration with Curator of Public Art, Laura Steward, and the artist, Robert Earl Paige, the Art Design Chicago (ADC) Engagement Fellow will have the opportunity to assist in coordinating, co-creating, and implementing a variety of innovative, engaging programs that respond to the installation Robert Paige: Give the Drummer Some! 

The ADC Engagement Fellow will be supported through a stipend, resources at the Smart Museum and the University of Chicago, and an opportunity to build collaborations with other creative professionals and organizations in Chicago and across the University of Chicagoâ™s global centers. The Fellow will be closely integrated into the Smartâ™s collaborative culture by participating in key team meetings and goal-settings, working together with others on establishing thoughtful partnerships and meaningful programs, contributing to the shared institutional initiative to ally academic and community engagements, and gaining from the routine mentorship of museum colleagues and community partners. 

This is an approximately 15 hours per week, temporary, part-time, grant-funded position with an estimated start in late July, 2024 and end date in late June, 2025. Pay rate is $22 - $24 per hour, depending on experience.

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  • Coordinates, co-creates, and implements arts programs that expand experiences with Robert Paige: Give the Drummer Some!, including such programs as art-making workshops or musical performances, public art learning tours and activities, family day programs, artist talks, or other community building opportunities.
  • Proactively builds relationships and collaborations with students, faculty, staff, and organizations across the University of Chicago and its global centers to support engagement with Robert Paige: Give the Drummer Some! and the Smart Museum.
  • Serves as project liaison for engagements with Robert Paige: Give the Drummer Some! between the Smart Museum and Chicago partners, collaborating artists and teaching artists, and community members.
  • Collaborates on outreach strategies and building positive relationships with collaborators before and during Robert Paige: Give the Drummer Some!
  • Prepares and proofreads related content for social media, the website, and other communications materials.
  • Organizes administrative tasks related to Robert Paige: Give the Drummer Some!, including coordination, calendaring, paperwork, databases, and communications.
  • Regularly attends meetings, learning and engagement programs, and community events with the Smart Museum.
  • Participates in conducting assessments and developing reports on related learning and engagement initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Strong interest in a career in arts and cultural organizations, nonprofits and/or community organizations, or educational institutions.
  • Working knowledge of strategies and techniques for developing and implementing community engagement programs.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and to fostering a workplace of belonging.
  • Strong written/oral communication, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively within a team setting and across departments.

Education, Experience, or Certifications:


  • College or university degree in a related field required.


  • 1-2 years of work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Background in developing effective, collaborative partnerships and creating programs that empower communities.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • This is a temporary, part-tim position of approximately 15 hours per week.

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • References (2)

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