September 2021

Monson Arts is a residency and workshop program in Monson, Maine.  An initiative of Maine’s Libra Foundation, Monson Arts began programming in 2018. It was started as a way to spur economic development in Piscataquis County.  Monson, the last town before the 100 Mile Wilderness on the Appalachian Trail, was the home of photographer Berenice Abbott, painter Carl Sprinchorn, and was a center for slate quarrying and furniture making.

Monson Arts’ mission is to provide time and space for creative work.  This is done through a combination of residencies, workshops, community/school programs and initiatives, and exhibitions. The director is responsible for developing and managing programs, engaging with the various communities with which Monson Arts intersects (international, national, state, and local), and developing other sources of support. The annual budget for FY21 is $600,000.  Most of the revenue comes from the Libra Foundation with the addition of earned income from workshops, and grants from other foundations and donors.

The director is responsible for overall management of Monson Arts programs. Successful candidates must have excellent writing and speaking skills, an understanding of the creative process, and experience in program design, implementation, budgeting, and evaluation.  The director supervises the office manager, the studio technician, and project-based personnel (workshop leaders, curators, gallery attendants).

Position is 32 hours per week. Competitive compensation includes a house (utilities and maintenance covered). Studio space is also available. Benefit package includes individual health insurance, 401K (with employer match), life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, employee discount, paid vacation, sick days, and holidays.

Tasks, divided below by various program areas, include but are not limited to:

Residency Program

Monson Arts has approximately 10 residency sessions annually (both month- and two-week long) in writing and visual arts for approximately 10 residents per session.  The director selects and hires jurors, oversees reviews, corresponds with applicants, places residents in studios, and orients residents.  Monson Arts also partners with approximately 10 institutions (e.g., RISD, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance) to select residents.

Workshops

Monson Arts currently offers six one-week long summer workshops for adults.  The director hires faculty, enrolls students, coordinates scholarship awards with Maine colleges, and ensures that the studios and equipment meet the requirements of the artists and workshop leaders.

Community/School Programs

Current offerings include a program for six area high schools (within a 60-mile driving radius of Monson) and visiting artists in area elementary and secondary schools. Director designs and evaluates programs, hires workshop leaders, coordinates activities with school principals and teachers.

Exhibitions

Monson Arts organizes or hosts approximately 4 exhibits in its gallery annually. The director coordinates exhibitions working with curators and Monson Arts staff.

Facility

Working with office manager and studio technician, the director monitors and assesses studio and housing needs.  Initiates and supervises studio improvements as needed.

Information

The director initiates and coordinates public contact through website, social media, e-news, press releases, correspondence, and formal and informal presentations.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to search@monsonarts.org.

Application deadline is October 15, 2021.