Artists At Work
Los Angeles, CA
About Artists At Work
Artists At Work is a workforce resilience program in the spirit of the WPA and is designed to support the rebuilding of healthy communities through artistic civic engagement. Administered by THE OFFICE performing arts + film, Artists At Work provides artists working in different disciplines in a given community with a living wage and health care to keep making art; AAW also provides support to cultural organizations and arts workers in that community to host and work with those artists, and connects both artists and organizations to local initiatives in areas like youth mental health, suicide prevention, food justice, prison reform, youth at risk, sustainability and environmental justice.
After launching a successful pilot version of the program in Western, MA in 2020, THE OFFICE performing arts + film has received a generous grant of $3M from The Mellon Foundation that enables the launch of Artists At Work in Los Angeles County (2021), The Delta (2022) and The Borderlands (2023). Our next iterations of the program will emphasize selection of BIPOC-led cultural organizations and include an internship and administrative fellows program that seeks to help address underrepresentation of BIPOC individuals in key roles in the culture sector. More info at artists-at-work.org.
THE OFFICE performing arts + film has partnered with the LA County Department of Arts and Culture to implement THE OFFICE’s national initiative Artists At Work (AAW) in Los Angeles. Participating cultural organizations include 18th Street Arts Center, Angels Gate Cultural Center (AGCC), Armory Center for the Arts, Chicxs Rockerxs South East Los Angeles (CRSELA), the National Center for the Preservation at the Japanese American National Museum ([email protected]), LA Commons, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, and Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore.
About THE OFFICE performing arts + film
THE OFFICE performing arts + film is an independent performing arts and film curator and production company based in New York and London that works in ongoing partnerships with festivals, venues, and institutions to create cultural programming that is unique and mission specific. We produce events locally, nationally, and internationally, and consult on programming with organizations ranging from museums to universities to libraries to performing arts centers to philanthropies. We work in both the non profit and commercial arts worlds, and we have a special focus on making art happen that has a positive impact on society. We develop, produce, and present art that makes a difference.
THE OFFICE has a fast paced, dynamic, and highly collaborative work environment. Our culture is inclusive and supportive; everyone has a voice, we learn from one another, and we have a lot of fun doing what we do. Part of our project as a business is to develop a young generation of creative producers and curators whose perspectives will help to shape how art functions in society, as we move forward together into the exciting unknown of the future. More info at theofficearts.com.
About the Fellowship
THE OFFICE performing arts + film seeks a skilled graduate student or early career professional with a focus on social practice and an appreciation of the arts to join our Artists At Work team in Los Angeles County. The AAW Fellowship seeks to address the underrepresentation of BIPOC individuals in key roles in the culture sector.
Successful applicants must be detail-oriented, organized, and collaborative problem solvers. The AAW Field Administrative Fellow in Los Angeles County will be our on the ground liaison and excited to support the existing creative economy of the region and provide local place-based knowledge to the team. This position will primarily work remotely, but may have the opportunity to work at some in person events and meetings.
Working directly with the Managing Director, Artists At Work and THE OFFICE’s AAW team as an on-the-ground liaison and key administrator of the AAW program in Los Angeles County, primary responsibilities of the AAW Field Administrative Fellow will include, but are not limited to:
- Support the OFFICE’s AAW team (based in NYC), in the implementation and evaluation of the program in Los Angeles County, including research, scheduling and coordination of meetings and workshops; administration of participant surveys; coordination of content for learning management system for participating artists; and program impact evaluation;
- Play a vital role in communication with all participants in AAW LA County -- Artists and organizational partners (aka Culture Hubs + Social Impact Initiatives) -- and field requests regarding their projects in progress, including research, outreach and social media content creation, event logistics and planning, etc;
- Research and advise on local community and cultural landscape;
- With guidance from THE OFFICE’s AAW team, coordinate and participate in meetings between the full regional cohort and smaller triads to assess the ongoing impact and working relationships between all participants and overall cohesion among the cohort;
- Work with AAW interns (local and national);
- Participate in professional development activities via Artists At Work workshops and mentorship from THE OFFICE’s AAW team;
- Other duties as assigned.