City Artist

City Of Chattanooga Chattanooga , TN 37402

Posted 2 weeks ago

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This is a non-exempt, part-time, temporary position funded for a period of one year, with an option for a second year extension.

The City Artist program is intended to expand the skill set of Chattanooga's local and regional artists by providing next level opportunities for early to mid-career artists with a desire to stretch and challenge their artistic practice, and to work closely with the community. The City Artist will function as an artist-in-residence, working closely with City of Chattanooga's Economic & Community Development and Transportation Departments to incorporate artistic vision and the creative process in the early planning stages of projects and systems.

The City Artist will gain significant experience in artist-led engagement, social practice and/or creative place-making, and will be paired with an Artist Mentor to foster specific skills, broaden their artistic practice, and/or expand community engagement tactics. The City Artist will also participate in collaborative public events, workshops or community engagement activities with the general public, various City departments and partners.

NOTE: This is a part-time, temporary position funded for a period of one year, with an option for a second year extension.


This is a stand-alone position.

Examples of Duties: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

(The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.)

Conduct research to understand City projects and process, the Southside Gardens community, and the multiple projects happening within that area.

Meet regularly with the City Artist Team.

Creatively engage the residents, students, workers, and visitors of Southside Gardens.

Collaborate with City staff and partners to identify opportunities for artworks and/or creative projects.

Implement artworks and creative projects as approved by the Public Art Commission.

Provide feedback on and recommendations about the City Artist position and program.

Assist with documentation and reporting on the City Artist position and artwork creation.

Propose future opportunities for artists beyond the scope or time of the City Artist position or beyond the City Artist's skillset.

Participate in presentations to the community and community events.

Provide written assessments, recommendations and reports.

Minimum Qualifications:
Artists must possess experience with and/or a background in any of the following areas: public art, fine arts, mixed media, theater, music, urban design, architecture, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, community development or other arts-related disciplines will be strongly considered. Chattanooga local and regional artists are strongly encouraged to apply, though there is no preference given based on location.

In addition, must present demonstrated artistic excellence and professional experience, to include community engagement experience; experience with collaborating effectively in various disciplines (e.g., visual art, music, dance, theater, or storytelling); experience with and expressed desire to work collaboratively with a team to develop, propose, and create artworks within the public realm; and experience managing projects involving community partners and budgets exceeding $15,000.

Fluency in Spanish is a plus.



Supplemental Information: KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

Knowledge of issues such as arts and cultural planning, arts and land use planning, creative mapping and data presentation, transportation, sustainability, resiliency, public safety, social equity, or public health;

Willingness to participate in municipal processes pertaining to arts and cultural activities in public places; demonstrated interpersonal communication and public presentation skills; and/or a collaborative, friendly, self-motivated and adventurous attitude.

Ability to work effectively with an ethnically and economically diverse community.


Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.


Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


Safety Sensitive: N

Department of Transportation - N

Child Sensitive: N

All employment offers are made at the beginning salary unless otherwise authorized.

All employees must maintain Tennessee residency from the date of hire.

Only applicants who provide a valid email address will be notified when the position has been filled.

The City of Chattanooga, Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
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