The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Greenway Volunteer Program Art Ambassador

Greenway Volunteer Program

Art Ambassador

About the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

The Conservancy is the designated steward of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston that connect people and the city with beauty and fun. The non- profit Conservancy maintains, programs, and improves the Greenway on behalf of the public and in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Position Overview
The Conservancy is dedicated to bringing innovative and contemporary art to the Greenway through free, temporary exhibitions. In 2012, a public art master plan was developed that stresses the importance of engaging people in meaningful experiences, interactions and dialogue with art and each other, as well as giving artists unique opportunities to exhibit bold new work that consider the possibilities of 21st century Boston.

In 2016 we will be featuring public art in a variety of locations, based on two curatorial concepts: text/language based works in contemporary art and the Chinese zodiac. Works include a to-be-announced sculpture exhibit at the Rings Fountain, The Local (an exhibition by local artists), the new zodiac piece in Chinatown and the mural on the Greenway Wall at Dewey Square Park.

This volunteer position supports our public art program by providing park-based ambassadors that are knowledgeable about contemporary art practices, the artwork on The Greenway and our park system. Ambassadors help the public better understand the artworks that dot the park system, helping to inspire our many visitors. We are looking for people who are passionate about public art and public spaces, and are willing to work with a team to create meaningful experiences for park patrons. This position is moderately structured with set shifts and responsibilities, and includes a range of opportunities and experiences.

Art Ambassador responsibilities include:

Acting as a friendly, knowledgeable and approachable presence at our art exhibitions and events

Engaging visitors with information about our exhibitions and activities on-site

Providing on-site support during opening events, performances, lectures and other programs
related to our public art program

Attending trainings and memorizing information about The Greenway and our programs

Leading Greenway art tours

Completing measureable observations for inclusion in public art reports

Working closely with Play Ambassadors and our Play Coordinator to engage young park visitors in
informal learning

Passion for public art, with academic or professional experience in the arts preferred

Ability to commit to a set schedule of shifts for at least 3 months with a minimum of two shifts (5-8
hours) per month

Excellent communication skills and a willingness to engage with park visitors (experience working
with children is a plus)

Friendly, approachable, and professional demeanor and commitment to providing a positive
experience for our park guests

Ability to work outside in a variety of weather types, to move equipment including a rolling kiosk
and program materials, and to stand for a period of time

All volunteers must complete a general orientation as well as specialized and periodic training on
our exhibitions, and must follow our volunteer policies at all times

Must have email and internet access, as this will be the primary means of scheduling and

This position reports to Keelin Purcell, Volunteer and Education Manager, and works very closely with Lucas Cowan, our Public Art Curator, as well as the Curatorial Assistant and Play Coordinator. We will rely primarily on set shift schedules that provide volunteer coverage during busy times of the week and allow us to consistently advertise the times when we have activities near our exhibitions. There will also be some special shifts that will support a range of activities, performances and lectures.

Shifts are anticipated to occur primarily at the Rings Fountain on select weekdays (5:00p-7:30p or 11:30a- 3:30p) and weekends (11:30a-3:30p, 2:00p-6:00p) though the exact schedule is still being determined.

Art Ambassadors will primarily be needed from May through early October and assignments may shift throughout this season as exhibitions change and new opportunities arise. At least two shifts per month are required, with preference for volunteers that can make a weekly commitment. We are also willing to work with volunteers who would like to take on a larger number of shifts and create a professional experience in the public arts field that would be suitable for college credit.

Volunteers will be provided with and asked to wear a t-shirt identifying them as an Art Ambassador. Otherwise we ask that volunteers wear casual but professional clothing appropriate for the outdoors.

Further develop public presentation skills and be involved in impactful art program
Be a part of a great team of Art Ambassadors and interact with Greenway staff and partners,
potentially including artists, performers, and Boston arts professionals
Gain public art knowledge and experience to support career development
Participate in the benefits of the Greenway volunteer program, including a summer Volunteer and
Member picnic, a t-shirt, and other training and event opportunities depending on accumulated volunteer hours
Opportunity to gain college credit, when applicable at your university

Application Process
Positions are limited. Applications are due by March 1st and then will be accepted on a rolling basis if open positions remain; training sessions will begin in late March or early April. To apply, please fill out the Art Ambassador application and submit it along with your resume to Keelin Purcell at

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