Working in close collaboration with the President + CEO, the Director of Programs + Special Projects position helps shape creative placemaking and public participation in the Breckenridge Arts District by conceptualizing, planning, and executing innovative visual arts programs and multidisciplinary activities grounded in the Town of Breckenridge’s identity (i.e., environment, sustainability, adventure, play, equity). This position fosters creative partnerships and oversees key spaces that invite visitors and residents of all ages to explore art, be creative, and watch artists at work. This individual will contribute to the advancement of BCA’s efforts to make the Arts District a vibrant place that inspires, creates connections, and is memorable for all.
A key member of the leadership team, this role oversees a portfolio of BCA events, installations and programs employing visual art, performance, film, new media, and social practice, while also directing a variety of public art and creative placemaking efforts. The position interacts with internal and external partners, sets, and meets program revenue and impact goals, and develops and expands collaborations and strategic alliances with organizations and stakeholders to build awareness and support of BCA. The incumbent will have extensive experience in arts programming, an interdisciplinary curatorial practice, a wide knowledge of contemporary arts and an extensive network of artists and industry colleagues.
As a multidisciplinary organization, BCA presents work that cuts across music, dance, film, spoken word, literary and visual arts, education, and the creative and technology sectors. It seeks out bold, relevant programming that engages its community as a creative partner, offers artistic experiences that reflect its time and place, invites audience co-creation and hands-on involvement, and showcases Breckenridge’s global identity. Core program activities offered by BCA include:
Fine Art and Studio Craft Curriculum: A program that focuses on year-round education and enrichment on the Breckenridge Arts District campus, including classes, workshops, and open studios in media such as painting, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and more.
Artist-in-Residence: A program designed to offer artists the time, space, and community to encourage growth and experimentation in their respective practice. Guest artists live and work on the Breckenridge Arts District campus for approximately two-to-four weeks.
BCA Presents: A program of ticketed concerts, lectures, and performances with regional, national, and international talent.
BCA Curates: A program of temporary installations, interventions and art happenings within the Breckenridge Arts District and other public spaces; as well as the acquisition, conservation, and preservation of the growing Town of Breckenridge public art collection; and festivals, exhibitions and special events that feature curated content.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities (items which constitute approximately 80% of responsibilities)
Direct key Creative District spaces and public engagement programs that are rooted creating meaningful and relevant arts experiences for visitors to the Arts District Campus. This includes oversight of the development, implementation, and running of interior and exterior spaces on the Arts District Campus.
Maintain exceptional quality of Arts District participatory spaces and public programs. Cultivate engagement with significant artists and movements in contemporary and environmental art.
Foster a culture of reflection, collaboration, experimentation, and innovation among team members to ensure implementation of best practices for participatory programming and design of engagement spaces.
Lead the development of staffing models for facilitating programs and participatory spaces.
Align with Senior Director of Operations + Guest Experience in creating processes that support staff working in a front facing capacity.
Create synergistic opportunities for the ever-growing artistic activities of BCA, its resident companies and artistic partners, including Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge Film Festival, Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, Breckenridge Music Festival, Breckenridge Tourism Office and National Repertory Orchestra.
Represent BCA in contractual negotiations with artist, booking agents and special projects as directed by President/CEO.
Serve as BCA’s artistic liaison as appropriate and interact positively with a diverse patron base, key stakeholders, board members and staff.
Provide strategic vision for how BCA’s physical spaces, online presence, and resources promote deeper connection with the arts and connects community members to the creative energy of Breckenridge. Collaborate with Marketing and Communications colleagues to build awareness of programs and impact.
Work with the President + CEO and Division Heads to develop the vision and strategies for the Arts District Campus, balancing needs, future programs, resources while also identifying and advocating for future opportunities. Share methods, tools to support community centered approach and feedback loops for programs.
In accordance with the Public Art Program Master Plan + Policy, perform technical and programmatic functions related to BCA’s full range of public art projects, including:
Assist in the development of public art projects and programs, including terms of reference, specifications, scope, tasks, schedules, communication, public art calls and evaluation processes.
Write draft reports and documents reflecting research and analysis of information and preparing correspondence, memos and responses to inquiries.
Coordinate and liaise with BCA’s Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC).
Work with Town staff to coordinate permanent and temporary public art projects and programs through the entire project cycle from beginning to end.
Facilitate artist contracts and act as the primary liaison between artists, BCA, Town departments, external stakeholders, and communities.
Monitor the project development process, including fabrication, progress reports, payments, contracts, installations, and all documentation.
Problem solve and work with Town staff and external stakeholders to identify, recommend and implement solutions.
Advise on best practices when working with artists to ensure consistency and building of Departmental practice.
Foster strong relationships with the creativity community, community organizations to support program development across the organization and its divisions.
Serve as a key member of BCA’s Senior Staff, participating in overall planning and budgeting activities.
Assist in fundraising efforts (corporate requests, grants, etc.) related to creative engagement program areas.
Handle site visits and professional requests related to these offerings as requested.
Manage other projects as assigned.
Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
5+ years of progressive curatorial, educational and arts leadership experience working in art centers, museums and/or other larger cultural institutions.
Extensive network and relationships with artists, curators, educators, administrator, agents, managers, and leaders in the arts presenting and producing
Supervisory experience including experience building staffing models that effectively deliver quality program.
Demonstrated commitment to creating thoughtful, inspiring, and enjoyable visitors’ experiences for diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to set vision and direction, adept at strategic thinking.
Experience supervising full time staff, part-time staff, and interns.
Knowledge, Skill and Ability
Ability to create collaborative teams and effectively collaborate with in-house teams and external contractors and designers.
Ability to communicate effectively in group and individual situations as well as in written form.
Ability to network and collaborate with local creative community to generate projects and resources; previous experience working on collaborative projects with artists preferred.
Adept at managing change.
Strong organizational skills and ability to work on multiple, detailed projects simultaneously.
Computer literate (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Experience engaging Latino/Hispanic communities a benefit.
A “can do” attitude and a willingness to adapt and modify plans when circumstances demand.
Education or Formal Training
Bachelor’s degree in arts/business administration, liberal arts required; a Master’s degree in arts management, museum education or similar program would be preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include:
•Health Insurance (80/20)
•Dental and vision insurance (60/40)
•401(K) Match up to 3% – eligibility requirements for participation and match
•Paid Personal Time
•(2) Floating Holidays
•Cell Phone Stipend
•Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance (100% employer paid)
•Art Classes/workshops at no charge – employee only
About Breckenridge Creative Arts
Established in 2014, Breckenridge Creative Arts (BCA)—or BreckCreate for short—was developed by the Town of Breckenridge to support and promote arts, culture and creative experiences throughout Breckenridge. This multidisciplinary nonprofit organization is responsible for the successful management of a series of programs, properties and partnerships that collectively animate and populate a cultural corridor in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. From quality performing and visual arts to the development of one of the region’s newest arts districts, Breckenridge Creative Arts is a transformative force for Breckenridge and the greater Summit County community.