Job Opening at The Cedar Cultural Center

Artist and Audience Engagement Coordinator

Location: Minnesota – Twin Cities
City: Minneapolis, MN
Type: Part Time
Category: Education
Salary: $32-40/hr Based on Experience
Website: https://www.thecedar.org/employment/
Deadline:

Job description

Position: Artist and Audience Engagement Coordinator
Organization: The Cedar Cultural Center (The Cedar), Minneapolis, MN
Position Status: average of 25 hr/week; grant funded through May 2019
Reports to: Program and Artistic Director
Compensation: $32-40/hr Based on Experience
Benefits: Technology reimbursement available
Description: The Cedar is a performing arts organization established in 1989 in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Our mission is to promote inter-cultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance. The Cedar is committed to artistic excellence and integrity, diversity of programming, support for emerging artists, and community outreach. Over the past five years, through a program called Midnimo, The Cedar has worked with Somali organizations, groups, and leaders to develop, curate, and host events that leverage the arts to address community challenges while fulfilling our mission of intercultural appreciation. The Artist and Audience Engagement Coordinator will help to host and support Somali artists and audiences through The Cedar’s Midnimo events and programs. The Artist and Audience Engagement Coordinator will work with the Program and Artistic department and other staff members on creating meaningful artistic programming and audience engagement strategies for activities in the Midnimo program: activities include the Midnimo Album Project, Midnimo Residencies and Youth Workshops, The Cedar Youth Council and Midnimo Presents.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Support Midnimo Album Project
Tasks may include:
Taking attendance of artists during all rehearsals, production meetings, recordings, and performances
Supporting hospitality
Supporting lead artists on production days
Documentation of events associated with Midnimo Album Project
Meet with The Cedar’s Director of Research and Evaluation and Research Fellow to discuss your experience with the project
Support Midnimo Residency Youth Workshops
Tasks may include:
Assisting in the coordination of workshop structure
Scheduling and ensuring the attendance of artists, including youth artists, for all events associated with workshops
Taking attendance of artists, including youth artists, participating in workshops and workshop performances
Supporting hospitality
Supporting lead artists on workshop days
Documentation of events associated with Youth Workshops for Midnimo Residency
Support Tour Manager and Production Coordinator during Midnimo Residency
Tasks may include:
Supporting hospitality
Documentation of events associated with Midnimo Presents
Assisting in executing Residency activities
Communicating artist needs and concerns to Tour Manager and/or Production Coordinator
Running errands for Tour Manager and/or Production Coordinator
Cash from artists’ per diem will be given to Artist Coordinator to complete requested purchases
Coordinate The Cedar Youth Council
Help recruit a group of eight Somali youth (ages 15-22) to commit to serving on The Cedar’s new Cedar Youth Council
Youth may be recruited from Midnimo Youth Workshops
Help plan, attend and participate in all Cedar Youth Council meetings (1/month)
Schedule and ensure the attendance of youth for all events associated with council
Take attendance for all events associated with council
Advise youth in audience engagement activities and execute 2 youth council events
Documentation of events associated with council
Support Midnimo Presents series
Tasks may include:
Developing innovative audience engagement strategies with Program, Artistic, and Marketing teams
Assisting in executing audience engagement strategies
Scheduling and ensuring the attendance of artists and organizations for events
Supporting hospitality
Documentation of events associated with Midnimo Presents

About The Cedar
The Cedar is a performing arts organization established in 1989 in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Our mission is to promote inter-cultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance. The Cedar is committed to artistic excellence and integrity, diversity of programming, support for emerging artists, and community outreach. Our programming consists of live music concerts featuring artists from all over the world who perform in all genres and includes artist residencies, workshops, educational programs, and off-site performances. We present about 250 events that serve over 60,000 individuals annually.
Midnimo: Named using the Somali word for “unity,” Midnimo consist consist of multi-week residencies featuring Somali artists from around the world. This program was launched in 2014 in order to better serve and engage our Somali community members and increase understanding and awareness of Somali culture.
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali diaspora of anywhere in North America and the largest concentration resides in our neighborhood of Cedar Riverside. Over the past five years, The Cedar has worked with Somali organizations, groups, and leaders to develop, curate, and host events that leverage the arts to address community challenges while fulfilling our mission of intercultural appreciation. We develop programming curated for Somali audiences, support and cultivate local Somali artists, and combine ticket giveaways with culturally competent marketing to engage Somali community members with Cedar events.

Qualifications or requirements

Skills Required: 
Fluent in English and Somali
College or Professional Degree; or demonstrated work experience of 1-2 years in the nonprofit sector
Demonstrated knowledge of diverse musical genres and the arts
Demonstrated ability to establish positive working relationships with musicians, artists, community partners, and youth from a variety of musical genres and cultures
Ability to work in high pressure, fast paced environment – must have strong listening skills and ability to meet deadlines and follow instructions
A unique and relaxed sense of humor
Strong interpersonal and communication skills – this position relies heavily on consistent and prompt email exchange and phone conversations
Self-directed work ethic
Creative approaches to problem solving
Commitment to The Cedar’s mission to promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through music

How to apply

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter demonstrating how your skills and experience align with the position requirements to Jess Rau at jrau@thecedar.org by March 25th, 2018.

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