Term: Begins July 15th, 2019 for two years.
Approximately 32 hours/week. Schedule will vary and include occasional evening and weekends.
Location: based at People’s Center Cedar-Riverside Clinic, 425 20th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Supervision: Chief Advancement Officer, People’s Center
Compensation: $37,500 with benefits
What is an Artist Organizer?
Since 2013, Springboard has supported Artist Organizers (AOs) by planting artists in community-invested organizations to contribute their creative skills to making change and strengthening vibrant places. AOs provide skills, coordination and creative thinking to engage community, other local artists and stakeholders, and to create new innovative paths for the organization to achieve its goals.
The Artist Organizer will contribute their creative skills to making change and strengthening community in support of the mission and vision of People’s Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The AO will provide skills, coordination and creative thinking to engage community, local artists and organizational stakeholders to create new innovative paths for the organization to achieve its goals. AOs address organizational goals and interests by designing and implementing two types of projects: 1) those that engage local artists, and 2) a project that the AO designs with the People’s Center that has a public benefit and addresses shared interests.
Initially (as, over time, goals may adjust), the AO will collaborate to create an environment that uses creativity to promote health and well-being – for instance work that leads to healing through shared expression, stronger cross-cultural relationships through understanding oneself and others, and self-reflection and care practices.
The combined effect of engaging many artists, community, and creative thinking will transform the People’s Center (located on one of the busiest corners of the city—a literal intersection of cultures, identities and people) into a “Creative Community Hub,” a visible and vibrant example of the power of cross-cultural connection and understanding, and a home for celebration of Muslim and non-Muslim cultures in Minneapolis and beyond.
People’s Center is located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, home to one of the largest Somali immigrant populations in the US (99% of whom are Muslim). In the past years, the Muslim community has been shaken by a series of traumatic events nationally and locally that make them feel unwelcome and fearful for their personal safety. Every day, People’s Center sees the negative impact that racism and fear have on the health of their patients. At the same time, the Cedar-Riverside is a place with thriving businesses, cultural organizations, and people of different races, cultures and backgrounds. Based on 9 years of collaborating together on healthcare access for artists, and more recently, artist-led engagement projects to spark cross-cultural awareness and dialogue, Springboard and People’s Center received support to combat Islamophobia through engaging creativity and artists.
About People’s Center Clinics & Services
The Cedar Riverside People’s Center d/b/a People’s Center Clinics & Services (PCCS) is a nationally recognized Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that operates three sliding fee scale clinics and is located in Minneapolis, MN. We offer a full range of preventative, primary, behavioral, and oral healthcare as well as a patient driven wrap-around package of supportive services necessary for our community to achieve safety, wellness, and whole family health.
People’s Center serves approximately 9,000 persons annually through more than 30,000 visits. All patients are welcome regardless of their ability to pay for services.
More than 80% of patients are individuals and families who generationally struggle with poverty; historical trauma; chronic and complex health conditions; language barriers; unpredictable coerced mobility; ethnic focused hostility; and, familial separation. We provide assistance for those who are uninsured to navigate the state’s Medicaid plans and secure coverage if eligible. In addition to health care services, PCCS addresses broader needs through social service referrals, immigration assistance, legal assistance, and mental health therapy.
Our mission at People’s Center is to deliver affordable health care, inspire hope, and promote community wellness. PCCS achieves these three pillars by understanding the patient’s unique set of circumstances and addressing the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect health. Our vision is to improve lives, transform communities, and achieve health equity for all. For more information, please visit www.peoples-center.org
About Springboard for the Arts
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard’s mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. For more information, please visit www.springboardforthearts.org
Artist Organizer duties include:
- Engage and coordinate local artists and community stakeholders. Each year there is at least $40,000 available for artist project support.
- Design and implement one “solo” project in collaboration with People’s Center that has public benefit. Each year there is at least $10,000 available for this work.
- Managing artist contacts and coordinate artist payments with Springboard for the Arts.
- Design and coordinate a final artistic project for public benefit that includes a public celebration at the end of two years.
- Provide input, insight, creative thinking and coordination for planning processes, issues, activities, and meetings.
- Participate in project learning, program development, and evaluation.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications or requirements
Practicing artist with formal or informal experience in community development or organizing with immigrant communities/neighborhoods preferred. Ability to work well in a team and also autonomously. Qualified applicants must be friendly, highly organized, have a sense of humor and patience, experience working with other artists and the arts community and be unafraid to ask questions.
A committee made up of representatives from People’s Center’s staff and artists with a connection to the community will help select the Artist Organizer. After reviewing proposals, representatives will interview finalists and make a selection.
Proposals received by 11:59pm, June 14th, 2019
Finalist interviews: June 21st, 2019
Artists notified of selection by July 3, 2019
How to apply
Applications must be submitted electronically via the form at http://springboardforthearts.formstack.com/forms/cedar_riverside_ao
Please complete the application questions listed below to prepare for submitting the online proposal form all at the same time (we recommend you save them in a word document). The online form will not save your incomplete submission.
For technical assistance with the application, Andy Sturdevant at the Springboard for the Arts Resource Center is available by appointment only. Please contact him no later than June 7 at email@example.com
Questions about the position will be answered on a best effort basis—email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, no phone inquiries.
People’s Center Clinics & Services is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.