A partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Barnes Foundation:
The Mural Arts Philadelphia in collaboration with the Barnes Foundation is seeking participant coordinators for an upcoming participatory project, Let’s Connect: Philly’s Artists take on the Barnes.
Albert Barnes taught people to look at works of art primarily in terms of their visual relationships. In arranging his collection, he ignored historical periods and cultural origins–the standard categories of museum display–instead mixing together works of art from different time periods, cultures, and media based solely on the formal analogies they shared. Let’s Connect challenges Philadelphia’s artists, community, and curators respond to this methodology.
Let’s Connect begins as open call inviting artists to select a work of art in the Barnes collection and use it as a departure point for creating their own work for submission. The work submitted by artists will be displayed at the Barnes for an exhibition, so that the public and a team of curators can select which artist(s) should be invited for a residency onsite in the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes.
As a Let’s Connect participant coordinator, you will be coming on board after during the artist drop off window helping assist with the intake of artist work. From this point forward, you will be onsite during the exhibition to help participants view the work and cast ballots, communicate about the Let’s Connect project, and assist by getting work back to artists after the exhibition has closed.
The ideal candidates are enthusiastic, excellent communicators, detail oriented, love working with the public, and have a passion for art. The best candidates consider themselves adaptable and team players. As with any new project there will be slight changes in how we operate for best efficiency and communications; you are good at spotting challenges that may arise, communicating/proposing solutions, and working with fellow team members to adjust operations so the project runs smoothly.
Coordinators will report to the organizer of Let’s Connect, the Project Manager from the Mural Arts Philadelphia, the Deputy Director of Audience Engagement and Chief Experience Officer at the Barnes Foundation.