Hear stories from the sector and get the latest crisis response resources here.

Poverty and the Arts

Artist Manager

Poverty and the Arts


Job Summary

POVA is seeking a part-time Artist Manager to be responsible for coordinating and facilitating artist studio time, managing individual projects and commissions, tracking artists’ progress, onboarding, recruitment, and retention of new artists, and monitoring of the art and entrepreneurial education program. The Artist Manager will serve as the direct point of contact to POVA Artists to ensure ongoing engagement with programming and offer management in their advancement toward independent art-related careers. The Artist Manager will report to the Director of Programs. This position is $15/ hour with an average of 20 hours per week. Average weekly schedule will be 3 days/ week at POVA between 11am-5pm Monday-Friday. Must be available to work some evenings and weekends. Position expected to start July 2021, but a June start date is possible.

Job Responsibilities

Active Artist Engagement

  • Monitor and assist artists with our Art and Entrepreneurial Education program platform (course completion, artist questions, etc.)
  • Assist and manage artists on individual projects and commissions
  • Implement and coordinate opportunities for our Corporate Art Class Program 
  • Track individual artist progress (Create and send artist check-ins; Enter Artist surveys/data into spreadsheets and keep updated), supplies received/used, studio hours, noteworthy conversations to inform programming decisions and grant applications
  • Coordinate individual artist needs: transportation, art supply requests/purchasing, art pick ups, studio appointments, art feedback/questions
  • Manage annual gala and off-site exhibition submissions/paperwork and communication with artists (deadlines, requirements, etc.)
  • Calculate and coordinate Artist payments (calculate totals, print checks, and coordinate plans for artists to receive the payment by mail or pick up)
  • Create and send quarterly newsletter/artist communications re: POVA updates/info
  • Keep the studio and supplies clean, stocked, and organized
  • Maintain regular communication with artists to promote active engagement and retention, including follow ups, tailored programming per artist needs, and determining next steps with artists who do not fulfill program requirements

New Artist Engagement

  • Review applications; conduct follow up interviews
  • Coordinate studio appointments, tours, new artist trials
  • Review and keep Artist Contracts up-to-date prior to artists signing
  • Hold group or 1:1 artist orientations
  • Onboarding: write artist bio, take headshot, add profile to the website
  • Communicate regularly with new artists and adapt programming as needed to increase retention


Preferred Qualifications:

Arts Experience, Education & Exhibition Skills:

  • Degree in Art Education, Community Art, Studio Art, or Arts Administration
  • Experience teaching art 
  • Experience with personal art-making

Interpersonal Experience & Skills

  • Ability to work comfortably with people from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Experience in Trauma-Informed Care, de-escalation, active listening, and other mental health practices
  • Experience in working with neurodivergent populations, including those with diagnosed mental illness
  • Ability to practice empathy when working with artists
  • Ability to have open productive conversations about potentially difficult topics
  • Ability to implement appropriate boundaries

Project Management Skills

  • Project Management experience highly preferred, especially in an art related capacity
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and execute tasks on timely matters with minimal supervision
  • Highly organized 
  • Detail-oriented; Systems-oriented
  • Ability to shape collaborations and partnerships with others

 Individual Qualities & Work Ethic:

  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Personal commitment to produce quality work
  • Ability to multitask and work under minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team
  • Flexibility in all aspects of the work
  • Familiarity with computer software (Google Drive, Gmail, SquareSpace), information databases, internet and email
  • Support the mission & goals of Poverty and the Arts

Additional Information



How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to our Director of Programs, Emily Wertheim at emily@povertyandthearts.org.


  • Date Posted: May 3, 2021
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 07/01/2021
  • Salary Range: 15/ hour
  • Working Hours: Average of 20 hours per week with a weekly schedule of 3 days/ week at POVA between 11am-5pm Monday-Friday