Information & Responsibilities
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks a Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Programs for the 3,000 sq.ft. gallery at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and to develop the artistic program of REDCAT across its various spaces presenting visual art, performance, dance, theatre, and music, with the Vice President of Cultural Partnerships and Steven D. Lavine Executive Director of REDCAT, and the Deputy Executive Director and Curator.
This full-time, salaried position will further the experimental and innovative vision of REDCAT through development and management of programs across artistic media and platforms. Reporting to the VP of Cultural Partnerships and Steven D. Lavine Executive Director of REDCAT, and working with REDCAT’s Deputy Executive Director and Curator, the position ensures a diverse and innovative program that advances REDCAT’s reputation for multidisciplinary arts practice. The Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Programs is encouraged to develop an inclusive, dynamic, risk-taking, artistic- centered, and intersectional program of performances, exhibitions, commissions, programs, and events that continues to advance REDCAT’s national and international reputation in the field of contemporary arts.
REDCAT, CalArts & downtown center for contemporary arts, is a multidisciplinary center for innovative visual, performing and media arts founded by CalArts in the Walt Disney concert Hall complex of the Los Angeles Music Center in downtown. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in the region a platform to help them achieve national and international stature. REDCAT furthers the mission of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery, and lively civic discourse. Throughout its history, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre (REDCAT) has worked to be an equitable forum for experimentation and innovation with commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in its program offerings, staff, and artists.
Develop and oversee REDCAT’s visionary program of art, performance, theatre, dance, and music with VP/Executive Director, and Deputy Executive Director and Curator, to provide an innovative offer focused on experimentation and innovation, with commitment diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
Lead and direct programs for the gallery at REDCAT, including exhibitions, commissions and programs; leading research, development and implementation of all aspects of the gallery exhibitions, including production of didactic and exhibition materials; providing overall vision and management for the gallery and related budgets and staffing.
Develop and manage REDCAT programming calendar and schedule
Work with REDCAT production, facilities, and external staff to realize artistic programs for various artistic disciplines.
Produce and oversee didactic and promotional materials as needed.
Assist in advancement and fundraising initiatives in collaboration with the VP/Executive Director of REDCAT and the Office of Advancement at CalArts.
Build institutional partnerships and relationships with the arts community in Los Angeles and beyond, including artists, galleries, collectors, and donors, to advocate for REDCAT programs.
Act as a programming liaison between REDCAT and CalArts’ Schools, including Art, Music, Film/Video, Dance, Theater and Critical Studies (Writing).
Demonstrated engagement with the contemporary arts and global multidisciplinary arts practice.
Deep knowledge of international developments in both contemporary visual, media, and performing arts.
Extensive experience with programming, curating, and advocacy of artists and artistic production across formats.
Experience with administration, management, and fundraising for contemporary culture programs.
Demonstrated ability working productively with artists within budgetary and time constraints.
At least five years of programmatic professional experience in the visual arts is desired.
Working knowledge of at least one foreign language is preferred.
How to Apply
This position is open until filled. For consideration send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in the subject line: Chief Curator & Deputy Director, Programs in order to be considered.
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.