2019 KATHERINE DUNHAM FELLOWSHIP

Posted January 7, 2019

 

Organization Mission

Engaging the community through art and nature

 

Organization Description

Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of the first and largest sculpture parks in the country. Laumeier is an internationally recognized, nonprofit arts organization that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and operates in partnership with St. Louis County Parks. Laumeier presents 60 works of large-scale outdoor sculpture in a 105-acre park located in the heart of St. Louis County. Free and open daily, Laumeier serves 300,000 visitors of all ages each year through education programs, temporary exhibitions and public events.

 

Katherine Dunham Fellowship Overview

Laumeier Sculpture Park is proud to announce that in Spring/Summer 2019 it will serve as a host site of a Katherine Dunham Fellowship.  The Fellowship is a program that promotes diversity in arts leadership by giving African-American students and recent graduates an opportunity to explore, gain experience and be mentored in arts administration. Applications are due February 15, 2019. 

 

The Laumeier Fellowship emphasizes general arts administration.  The successful candidate will be supervised by the Deputy Director and will rotate between development, marketing, special events, curatorial and education departments to gain invaluable experience in all aspects of non-profit management, including the execution of Laumeier’s Annual Mother’s Day Art Fair.  The 16-week Fellowship will ideally begin in March 2019, however the exact start date will be determined with the successful candidate.  

 

Qualifications + Skills

 

·      African-American college undergraduate, recent graduate or graduate student

·      Strong interest in a career in arts administration

·      Available to work 16 hours per week from 9am-5pm

·      Available to work additional hours Mother’s Day Weekend (May 10-12, 2019)

·      Interest and willingness to attend some meetings and events outside of regular business hours

·      Strong written and oral communication skills

·      Strong organization, problem-solving, and analytical skills 

·      Must be comfortable working with the public 

·      Commitment to excellence and high standards 

·      Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of various teams

·      Proficiency at Microsoft Excel and Word

·      Reliable transportation and a current driver’s license

Once selected Katherine Dunham Fellow will receive:

  • A $3,000 honorarium (distributed in four monthly installments)

  • Network opportunities with other professionals in the field

  • Mentoring from experienced arts professionals, board members and community leaders

  • Connection to members of the Katherine Dunham alumni network

 

How to Apply

Candidates are invited to submit an application to Stacy West, Deputy Director, swest@laumeier.org   Please include your name and the words “Dunham Fellowship” in the subject line. 

 

Please provide the following: 

 

  • A brief cover letter summarizing your education and your interest in the fellowship;

  • A résumé outlining your education, work and extracurricular experience;

  • A letter of reference (preferably from a teacher or recent employer) that addresses the qualities and experiences which make you a strong candidate for the position

  • A brief essay (no more than two, single-spaced pages) answering the following questions: “Why are you interested in working at Laumeier Sculpture Park? What are your career goals? And how will this fellowship help you achieve them? What aspects of Katherine Dunham’s legacy do you find personally inspirational?”

 

Please direct questions and all application materials to:

Stacy West, Deputy Director, swest@laumeier.org