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Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program Coordinator – Taft Museum of Art

Company: Taft Museum of Art

Location: Cincinnati, OH

  • Full Time

Taft Museum of Art

Position: Duncanson Artist-in-Residence (DAiR) Program Coordinator

Report Directly to: Director of Learning & Engagement
Team: Learning & Engagement
Status/Employment: A temporary employee, part-time position
Hours: Position requires up to 20 hours per week and will run August 2019 through January 2020, with the greatest concentration in October 4th-18th, 2019, when the residency takes place. Hours are flexible, but some weekend and evening hours will be required.
Hourly Rate: $12.00/Hour
Benefits: Free parking, EAP, Shop and Café discounts.

The Taft Museum of Art, located in downtown Cincinnati, seeks an individual whose own life and work experiences bring understanding, passion, and commitment to the mission of the Duncanson program, which seeks to celebrate the accomplishments of African American artists.

This position requires a positive, highly organized team player who communicates proactively and is attentive to detail. The Taft Museum plays an important role in Cincinnati’s resurgent downtown culture! Enjoy this rare opportunity to join the staff of one of the finest small art museums in the United States.

This year Duncanson Artist in Residence will focus on Film Making

About the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program
Each autumn the Taft Museum of Art and the Duncanson Society invite an artist to be in residence at the Taft Museum of Art for two weeks. The artist-in-residence gives presentations and leads workshops for students, families, and adults onsite at the Taft Museum, and also at schools, colleges, churches, non-profit cultural institutions, or other public venues as appropriate.

The Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program honors the relationship between Nicholas Longworth and Robert S. Duncanson, the African American artist who in 1850 painted the suite of eight landscape murals in the entrance hall of Longworth’s home, now the Taft Museum of Art. Now in its 33rd year, the Duncanson Society works with the Taft Museum of Art to celebrate the accomplishments of African American artists from around the country.

Reporting to the Director of Learning and Engagement (L&E), the DAiR Program Coordinator helps the Taft deliver its mission: providing meaningful experiences by connecting people with great art in a historic setting, and in the community.

The DAiR Program Coordinator is responsible for facilitating all activities related to the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence (DAiR) program including: transportation, facilities, and participation. The Program Coordinator works with the public relations and marketing staff to disseminate promotional and printed materials for all residency activities, acts as liaison to the Duncanson Society, and completes a final report of the residency.


  • Facilitates all activities related to the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program, including transportation, facilities, and participation.
  • Collaborates with the Taft Museum of Art’s Department of Marketing, Communications and Audience Development team in developing and disseminating promotional and printed materials for all residency activities including promotional displays, invitations or announcements, posters, and special events.
  • Plans the implementation and scheduling of programs for school/university, youth and adult audiences with Learning & Engagement staff and the artist-in-residence.
  • Organizes and implements receptions and other public events related to the residency, both at the Taft Museum of Art and off-site.
  • Acts as liaison between the Taft Museum of Art staff, the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, and the Duncanson Society, and informs these parties of the progress of residency planning and events in a timely manner.
  • Maintains organized files of documents, correspondence, publicity, contracts, invoices, and budgets related to the residency.
  • Records public participation in the program and compiles photographic documentation for the final evaluation and report at the program’s completion.
  • Works with the Department of Development to compile and write the final evaluation and report to submit to various funding organizations.
  • Completes other duties as assigned


  • Current graduate, upper-level undergraduate students with an arts education, museum education, design, or arts administration career path are encouraged to apply.
  • Approximately one year of experience in program or event planning and implementation.
  • Office administrative experience a plus; knowledge of visual arts preferred.


  • Alignment with Organizational Mission, Goals, and Core Values: Understands and embraces the Museum mission and goals. Models, reflects, and reinforces core values of respect, integrity, excellence, creativity, and collaboration.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Is personable and possesses excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Highly effective in collaborating across the museum.
  • Technology: Highly skilled in Microsoft applications, especially Windows Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Organization: Very organized and able to handle multiple priorities. Meets due dates and is efficient and effective in providing support to the L&E Team.
  • Professionalism and Results Orientation: Highly motivated, professional, creative, articulate, and goal-oriented, and possessing the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Must enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven and community-oriented.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have daily access to an automobile during the two weeks of the residency.


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