Arts & Culture Career Opportunities

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, soon to be the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, is looking for fun and engaging individuals to join our docent team. Docents play a vital role by leading tours for all ages and other face-to-face interactions with guests to the museum. When a person becomes a Buffalo AKG docent, they join a wonderful community of art lovers and partake in trainings, museum-related committees, and more! We are currently accepting applications for our 2022 class. 

Deadline: January 10, 2022
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The Director of New Work is a new position which will serve the capacities often associated with a Literary Manager and Dramaturg. This person will work closely with Executive Artistic Director (EAD) to lead the organization forward as a producer, developer, and incubator of new works of theatre. The individual will help to maintain authentic and collaborative relationships with key partners, including playwrights, artists, and audiences.They will work with the Director of Education to develop and maintain engagement events for students and audiences throughout the season. This person will work day-to-day to create, oversee, implement, and maintain initiatives that celebrate the stories of everyone.

In 2022, Alleyway will launch a new series of structured play and artist development programs under the umbrella title ALLEYWORKS.The Director of New Work will lead the charge in the realization of these programs, including, but not limited to, playwright residencies, new play readings and workshops, “open mic” nights for local playwrights, script development, and writers’ groups.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Manage and administer the annual Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, including building and organizing a network of readers, and administering 1200+ script submissions each year. Working with Artistic team members to finalize rounds and the eventual selection of finalists and winning plays.
Manage all Alleyworks programming in close cooperation with the EAD, including serving as producer of the Incubation Festival, a yearly event featuring new works throughout the Alleyway complex
Act as dramaturg on new plays throughout the season
Work closely with EAD on season selection, planning artistic programming, identifying possible opportunities for commissions, long-term relationships, etc
Build and maintain relationships with local and national playwrights; maintain knowledge of current events in new play theatres across the country; act as the organizational liaison to National New Play Network
Work with EAD on various marketing, publicity, and engagement materials including show descriptions, playbill notes, lobby displays, audience engagement events(pre/post show discussions, etc)
Work with Director of Development to target and secure continued funding of costs associated with the Mazumdar Competition, Alleyworks, and other new work initiatives by developing relationships with key stakeholders.
Other duties as appropriate

Posted: January 3, 2022
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The ATD will assist the Technical Director in regular technical and production matters of the Theatre. The position is part-time/hourly, and will consist of approximately 20hrs each week. Schedule is flexible, based on the Theatre’s production and event calendar. The position will require evening and weekend availability.

Experience in multiple fields is a plus. Comfort with physical demands that include frequent heavy lifting, kneeling, bending over, and working at height (on scaffolds and ladders). A working knowledge of the following software is helpful: AutoCAD or Vectorworks, Google Suite. Familiarity with lighting and sound systems and equipment is a plus.

Key Responsibilities

Assist the Technical Director in the construction, installation and strike of all Alleyway productions, including sets, lighting, and sound
Assist the Technical Director in the supervision of overhire technicians

Posted: January 3, 2022
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Currently hiring hourly staff in the following areas:

House Staff (Assistant House Managers, ushers, box office assistants)
Bartenders and servers
Production Overhire
At Alleyway, we celebrate stories of everyone. So, as we hire and cast, we’re committed to creating an equitable and accessible, diverse and inclusive,joyful community of artists and staff. We seek artists and staff representing the breadth of humanity; people of all genders, races, abilities, and ages should apply.

We are also a COVID-safe workplace,requiring full vaccinations for all employees, and masks and testing as dictated by company policy via the COVID Compliance Officer.

TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] In the subject line, please put your last name and the position you are applying for. We will begin reviewing applications immediately

Posted: January 3, 2022
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The Director of AEP6 Community Engagement & Equity will support the day-to-day management of the AEP6 study—ensuring local partners are completing their work in a proper and timely manner per the study protocols. Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Serve as a primary liaison to the AEP6 community partners—communicating with them regularly to track progress, identifying professional development needs and solutions, and ensuring they receive adequate training and support to carry out their commitments.
  • Develop and implement tools and resources that will help AEP6 study partners discover and engage with the comprehensive universe of arts and culture organizations in their community—especially those serving and representing BIPOC populations—to ensure the highest possible rate of participation in surveys of organizations and audiences.
  • Fully implement the AEP6 research study protocol—timelines, participation criteria and data collection strategies, data analysis, and communication and distribution of the findings.
  • Operate as a liaison between Americans for the Arts and the national equity consultant.
  • Coordinate quarterly virtual gatherings with all study partners.
  • Design and implement a post-study evaluation to identify successes and failures and lessons learned and identify a list of recommendations for improving and strengthening the equity commitments for the next AEP study.
  • Participate in AEP6 research team and organization-wide meetings and represent Americans for the Arts externally regarding AEP6.

Posted: January 10, 2022
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Artpark Director of Development and Fundraising will develop innovative strategies to diversify and expand Artpark’s funding base to national level with the focus on major individual, corporate, private foundations, institutional as well as planned giving and major cultivation events. This position will work directly with Artpark curatorial staff, President and Board of Directors supported by existing Development Associate position, marketing and administrative staff. This position will also lead the upcoming capital campaign as the next step in the recently completed Master Plan and Visual Arts Development Strategy.

Position Description

• Investigating and developing giving strategies and opportunities including:
• Managing and increasing individual giving
• Establishing/expanding partnerships with and generating in-kind support from local/regional businesses
• Writing/administering foundation and government grants • Developing an effective planned giving program
• Working directly with Artpark artistic staff to create and execute effective fundraising strategies
• Working directly with the Artpark Board of Directors and others on donor prospect identification, cultivation, and stewardship
• Supporting Board members in executing fundraising events and campaigns
• Extracting and presenting statistical fundraising data for trends and analysis to the President and Board of Directors
• The Development Coordinator reports to the Director of Development & Fundraising Additional duties may include creating online development strategies and utilizing social media/digital tools; coordinating fundraising events; and/or coordinating with/leading volunteer-engaged fundraising initiatives and functions.

The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to be independent in their management of the development department, relieving the Artpark’s President of the responsibility of day-to day management of fundraising.

Posted: October 12, 2021
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens seeks an enthusiastic and creative Education and Program Assistant to provide support to the Education Department. This position is an essential part of the overall visitor experience at the Botanical Gardens. 
 
The qualified individual will assist in the execution of a wide range of educational programs for both children and adults. This includes bringing educational opportunities to outside organizations including schools, afterschool programs, libraries, community centers and more. The right candidate should be an enthusiastic lifelong learner with a strong interest in the natural world, plants, and their human connections. They should be creative, organized, have strong interpersonal and written communications skills and be self-motivated, trustworthy, reliable, and team-oriented.
 
Qualified individuals should be pursuing or possess an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in museum studies, education, natural sciences, or a related field. A minimum of one year of experience in the education or museum field as an intern or employee is required. Applicant must have strong public speaking skills with some teaching and classroom management experience.

This is a part-time position between 20-25 hours per week. Individual will be required to work a flexible schedule. Some evenings, weekends and holidays may be required. If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff and work in our beautiful Botanical Gardens, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Amanda Oldham, Director of Education at [email protected].

Posted: January 3, 2022
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens seeks an enthusiastic and creative Education and Program Assistant to provide support to the Education Department. This position is an essential part of the overall visitor experience at the Botanical Gardens. 
 
The qualified individual will assist in the execution of a wide range of educational programs for both children and adults. These include school field trips, workshops, guided tours, public events, family programing and more. The right candidate should be an enthusiastic lifelong learner with a strong interest in the natural world, plants, and their human connections. They should be creative, organized, have strong interpersonal and written communications skills and be self-motivated, trustworthy, reliable, and team-oriented.
 
Qualified individuals should be pursuing or possess an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in museum studies, education, natural sciences, or a related field. A minimum of one year of experience in the education or museum field as an intern or employee is required. Applicant must have strong public speaking skills with some teaching and classroom management experience.
 
This is a part-time position between 20-25 hours per week. Individual will be required to work a flexible schedule. Some evenings, weekends and holidays may be required. If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff and work in our beautiful Botanical Gardens, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Amanda Oldham, Director of Education at [email protected]

Posted: January 3, 2022
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens seeks an enthusiastic and creative Marketing Assistant who will provide support to the Marketing Team. This position is an essential part of the overall visitor experience at the Botanical Gardens. 
 
The qualified individual will assist with all aspects of marketing efforts at the Botanical Gardens including creation of content and management of social media accounts, ​maintenance of the organization’s website, graphic design, Google AdWords, SEO, general marketing and more.   
 
Applicants should be actively pursuing or possess an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in communication, marketing or a related field.  A minimum of one year of experience in the marketing field as an intern or employee is required and not-for-profit or small business experience is preferred.  Strong computer skills, including all social media platforms and Microsoft Office are required.  Design software and/or Canva proficiency is a plus. This person should be creative, have strong interpersonal skills and should possess excellent written and oral communication skills.  This person must possess strong organizational abilities, have a positive attitude and apparent enthusiasm for the job and the organization. 

This is a part-time position at 25-30 hours per week. Individual will be required to work a flexible schedule. Some evenings, weekends and holidays may be required. If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff and work in our beautiful Botanical Gardens, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Shaunna Rospierski at [email protected].

Posted: January 3, 2022
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The C. Stuart and Jane H. Art Gallery, located in the Brisbane Building in downtown Buffalo, seeks an individual to manage this new space. The Gallery will showcase the artwork of Buffalo Society of Artists (BSA) and will work in consultation with BSA in selecting artwork for exhibition.
The Gallery is expected to open its first exhibition on April 1, 2022. The candidate should be a self-starter able to plan an opening event that celebrates this exciting endeavor and attracts potential and diverse clientele.

Start: February 1, 2022
Hours: 20 hours
Salary: $25/hr. includes benefits

General Skills and Qualifications
• A degree in fine arts, art history, art education, or related field is required
• Additional background in advertising, digital media, business administration, conservation and art handling, and related museum work is preferred
• Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and other essential software is preferred
• Proficient in accounting and administrative skills
• Proficient in communication skills, including interpersonal skills and a demonstrable ability to create collaborative environments
• Proficient in oral and written presentation skills.
• Problem solver, self-starter, engager, collaborator, conversationalist, flexible

Please send resume and cover letter to the attention of Stephen Fitzmaurice ([email protected])

Posted: December 2, 2021
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With learning and public access at the heart of its mission, the Castellani Art Museum (CAM) seeks a Manager of Community and Academic Engagement to develop, implement, and oversee its programs. In keeping with Niagara University’s Vincentian mission, the CAM serves the diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities of the Buffalo-Niagara region through the organization and presentation of exhibitions that honor and explore their artistic traditions and contemporary output. In addition to presenting diverse artistic expressions, the museum works in partnerships to explore and redefine the relationship between the museum and its constituencies.

Using Castellani’s distinguished art collection and long-standing Folk Arts program, the Manager designs activities for audiences that range from local K-12 schools, families, young adults, and seniors, along with Niagara University faculty, students, and staff. CAM educational programs include tours, gallery talks, lectures, workshops, classes, virtual programs, and professional development opportunities for educators and professors. The Manager actively connects the art collection and Folk Arts program to the wider world, including history, art history, education, and current events. Key components of this work include working closely with Niagara University professors and staff to support student learning and leisure, as well as organizing engagement opportunities for families and adults.

Working closely with CAM staff, the Manager welcomes and collaborates with various public audiences through Museum visits, online programs, and sharing content in community spaces. The Manager assists with educational and interpretive materials associated with new exhibitions and major Museum activities; they also measure effectiveness through participant evaluation.

Posted: December 3, 2021
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Explore Buffalo’s annual training class for new volunteer docents will begin on Saturday, February 26. Explore Buffalo docents lead tours of neighborhoods and landmarks across Buffalo and WNY. New docents do not need any experience in history or architecture, just enthusiasm for promoting Buffalo and dedication to completing the class requirements. This year’s class will be a hybrid model of Zoom and in-person outdoor classes. New docents will complete their graduation tours in the spring. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 16. An optional information session will be held on Zoom on January 31st.

Deadline: February 16, 2022
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The Foundry is looking to hire a full-time Education Director to manage educational programming within our shared facilities. The successful candidate is comfortable with diverse audiences, recognizes the transformative power of making and entrepreneurship, and believes tools and maker resources should be accessible to everyone. This position will include developing and implementing curriculum for our makerspaces and oversight of both adult and youth education. The Education Director will assist development staff with grant writing and be responsible for a recruitment plan to ensure maximum class participation.

Posted: December 14, 2021
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This position is responsible for coordinating all aspects related to the volunteer usher corps for all BPO and some Kleinhans concerts and activities (ushers, ticket takers, patron seating issues, etc). Must be available weekends, evenings, and weekdays for BPO Friday Coffee Concerts and Education Concerts.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Recruits, interviews potential volunteer ushers.
  • Develops and oversees training program for ushers.
  • Creates monthly calendar for usher assignments.
  • Oversees usher operations and customer service during concerts. 
  • Works with appropriate KMH/BPO staff members to ensure that pre/post-concert activities run smoothly. 
  • Works with box office manager to resolve any seating issues that may arise.
  • Prepared and trained to implement emergency contingency plans (emergency issues such as power outages, patron emergencies, event cancellation, inclement weather, etc.).
  • Coordinates all program book insert and distribution for all concerts.

Position Requirements:

Strong verbal communication skills are essential as well as positive interaction with members of the general public.  he ability to quickly analyze situations involving the public and effectively handle issues/challenges presented by patrons is important. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by successfully communicating and collaborating with fellow members of the administrative staff and volunteers within the orchestra family are mandatory for success. Learn to use Microsoft ACCESS software which houses the volunteer database.

Primary Reporting Responsibility:

Kleinhans/BPO Director; Building Services Coordinator; Front of House Manager

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc./Kleinhans Music Hall Management, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:

Please send letter and resume to:  [email protected]

(No phone calls please)

Posted: January 7, 2022
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There are ample opportunities to volunteer at the Martin House, including volunteer docents, gardeners, special events, museum store, and office support. Complete their online form to join the volunteer corp.

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The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor is seeking volunteers in various areas for their anchor businesses: Michigan Street Baptist Church, Nash House, Colored Musicians Club & Museum, and WUFO Radio. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: museum and corridor docents, promotions/public relations, and fundraising/events. Visit the website more information or contact Audrey Clark at [email protected]

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Neglia Ballet is looking for an intern to do some basic data entry, QuickBooks and invoicing

This would be for someone who has an interest in:
-Arts Management
-Performing Arts
-Accounting

Geared toward a college student looking for some practical experience.

Required skills
-basic computer skills
-math & money skills
-emailing

Knowledge of QuickBooks is a plus but we will train.

Probably no more than 5 hours per week – flexible schedule. Possibility for some remote hours once trained.

Posted: January 12, 2022
Email [email protected] for more information

We are seeking to hire a dynamic and experienced Director of Development. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in business, nonprofit management, or a related field; at least five years of experience in fundraising for a nonprofit organization; previous experience in community outreach and expertise with fundraising software; demonstrated ability in writing grants and development of effective planned giving program. Essential functions include setting short and long term monetary goals, establishing, and directing fundraising programs and sources and cultivating relationships with donors.

All Reg Lenna staff are granted free admittance to all Reg Lenna events. Salary is commensurate with experience and subject to escalation based on annual review. A competitive benefits package is included with an offer.

To apply: Please send email to [email protected] with the subject line – Director of Development position

Posted: November 30, 2021
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The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) is part of a team responsible for the strategic development and implementation of a Major Gift and Planned Giving Program. In partnership with other Development team members, the MGO will be responsible for research and development of a major gift pipeline focused on a Capital Campaign and Annual Fund. Working closely with the President and Director of Development, the MGO will coordinate donor cultivation strategies and major gift solicitations.

Posted: January 13, 2022
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The Public Relations and Content Strategy Associate is responsible for public relations and content strategy for all three of Shea’s Performing Arts Center venues, nurturing a strong industry network, and increasing awareness by developing and executing effective communication and media relations programs. Also responsible for inbound marketing strategies, including social media, blogs, and lead generation. Develop engaging content and PR campaigns to attract and retain customers. Expand Shea’s digital footprint, brand awareness, and media relationships.

Salary structure for this position is beginning at $42,500, commensurate with experience.  Shea’s offers a benefits package that includes paid time off, health insurance, and employer contribution toward a 403(b)-retirement plan.  To be considered for employment, please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Public Relations and Content Strategy Associate” in the subject line. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

If you are concerned you do not meet all of the job requirements, we still encourage you to apply. Skills and abilities come from different experiences, and many can be learned when working with us.  Shea’s Performing Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes and values diversity, inclusion, and equity in all forms.

Posted: January 13, 2022
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Young Audiences seeks innovative curriculum proposals from teaching artists who wish to participate in the Spring 2022 ArtWorks program. ArtWorks is a multi-disciplinary arts-based job training program for potential young Apprentices ages 14-18 in Western New York. ArtWorks will provide instruction in the arts while helping Youth Apprentices develop workplace skills and gain knowledge in post-secondary options. Through ArtWorks, youth apprentices create art, learn how to work cooperatively, professionally, and responsibly while earning a wage. We envision some collaborative community projects that all teams will be involved in. Selected artists will work with diverse populations of youth apprentices with a broad range of artistic experiences to perform and exhibit works of art, develop community partnerships to provide real-world project experiences, and guide apprentices in the development of a professional portfolio.

Curriculum proposals from artists of all disciplines will be considered, including but not limited to: theater, music(all forms) and/or vocal performance, dance, filmmaking, recording arts, video game/web design, visual arts (all forms), architecture/design, culinary arts, and poetry/literary arts. Artists will be paid $3,000 for this project which will consist of approximately 120 hours of work. You will be an independent contractor of Young Audiences from February 28, 2022 – May 25, 2022.

A total of TWO teaching artists will be selected. Artists must be available Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Additionally, an extra weekday
and one weekend day throughout the semester may be required. Program proposals must be effective in a digital setting should regulations change. Prior experience teaching virtually is appreciated. Proposals must culminate with a final project.

Deadline: January 20, 2022
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Last updated January 14, 2022