The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Marylandâ€™s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.
The Aspen Institute Arts Program was established to support and invigorate the role of arts and culture in public life through initiatives across the United States. It brings together artists, advocates, educators, government officials and others to exchange ideas and develop policies and programs that strengthen the reciprocal relationship between the arts and society. By examining how artists shape our views of community and country, the Arts Program draws us into causes of social concern and helps uncover creative solutions based in empathy and shared understanding.
Existing Arts Program initiatives include: public conversations and performances in New York City and Washington, DC; New Views Documentary Series in Aspen; Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence Program; Creative Young Leaders Alliance; and the Arts Track of the Aspen Ideas Festival. Programming is often undertaken in collaboration with like-minded partners including the Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Park Avenue Armory, the Public Theater and Define American. The Program also hosts a variety of private gatherings for its Arts Circle donors each year.
The Aspen Institute Arts Program fosters conversations among artists, policymakers, advocates and educators around the use of the arts as a force for social good. Via topical convenings and action forums, artists â€“ whether activists or innovators, chroniclers of history or interpreters of current events â€“ promote exploration of critical concerns and help us to grapple with our biggest challenges.
The Executive Director is a visionary and multi-skilled leader willing to commit full-time attention to nurturing, improving and expanding the Arts Programâ€™s activities. S/he represents the Arts Program to a wide variety of internal and external constituencies, including artists and performers; arts administrators; the Instituteâ€™s policy and public programs; audience members; Arts Committee and Arts Circle supporters; and social justice partners. S/he is primarily responsible for developing and executing all Arts Program initiatives, securing funding and in-kind support for activities and advancing the Aspen Instituteâ€™s goals in this realm. In addition to leading the Arts Program, the Executive Director helps ensure that arts and culture are powerfully integrated across the work of the larger Institute.
The Executive Director has the skills and experience to conceive and produce programs across a wide range of artistic mediums and forms, including theater, dance, film, music and visual arts. S/he brings exceptional connections to the creative community and has a track-record of collaboration with diverse partners.
In addition to public programming, the Executive Director also ensures that Arts Circle members have exclusive opportunities to engage with artists and other patrons of the arts, in appreciation of their generous sponsorship. S/he has experience in cultivating donors and fostering a rewarding and enjoyable experience for Circle members. The Executive Director also understands how to secure foundation and corporate support.
As a senior manager, the Executive Director has frequent interaction with the Aspen Instituteâ€™s leadership team to ensure that arts and culture are helping to frame critical topics and promote different perspectives for informed dialogue and action. This includes working closely with the Communications team, the Institutional Advancement team, and the broader Policy and Public Programs staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Leadership and Management
Arts Circle, Philanthropy and Revenue Development
Program Development, Partnerships and Implementation
Leadership & Management:
Arts Committee & Circle, Philanthropy and Revenue Development:
Program Development, Partnerships and Implementation:
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