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Tennessee Craft

Outreach Coordinator

Tennessee Craft


Job Summary

The contract Outreach Coordinator will support Tennessee Craft’s mission to continue and create fine craft in Tennessee and its strategic goal to provide programs and opportunities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. They will nurture new relationships that are more broadly inclusive and representative of the population of Tennessee, and encourage the development of future craft artists across the state through understanding/appreciation of visual arts.

The contractor’s primary initiatives will address access to fine craft and craft artists in rural areas by providing the Artists in Schools program in localities of greatest need, and address underrepresentation of populations within the Tennessee Craft community by facilitating participation in cultural partner events.

Measurable goals will include at least four school program events and four outreach events during the fiscal year (two of four outreach events have already been completed as of October 2022). 

This project is being supported, in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Job Responsibilities

Artists in Schools Program

  • Research counties and communities in Tennessee that are most underserved by formal art programs, including utilizing data from the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Tennessee Art Educator Association.
  • Identify and recommend locales for Artists in Schools program based on needs of population and lack of access. Obtain approval for recommended area plan.
  • Communicate with local school officials to introduce the program and confirm interest in participation. Secure commitments and contracts with at least four schools in diverse regions of the state.
  • Research area craft artists to provide demonstrations in schools, including working with Tennessee Craft’s database of craft artists and utilizing organizational partners and connections.
  • Secure commitments from craft artists for demonstrations at each school site and extend and negotiate contracts, for submission to Tennessee Craft staff. f. Design in-school demonstration program to provide standard introduction across all selected schools to craft art, craft careers and further educational opportunities.
  • Design introductory handouts including suggestions for further resources for both art and non-art educators, ways for students and families to engage outside the classroom and multimedia tools as needed.
  • Develop a budget for demonstrators and materials costs.
  • Create and manage a timeline to implement the program in Spring 2023, confirming dates and schedule with schools and artists. Update Tennessee Craft staff liaison on progress and any setbacks.
  • Ensure that the program can be executed at school with resources available onsite.
  • Design evaluation modality and implement at each site location.
  • Provide encouragement to school contacts and demonstrating artists to continue relationships and provide examples of follow-up community engagement activities.
  • Document “soft” program details, educator information, participant feedback, suggestions for future programs, testimonials. Documentation will be used i) to hone and improve the program in subsequent years, ii) to create communications content such as newsletters and social media stories, and iii) to provide required reporting to grantors/funders.
  • Track success—based on grant goals (tallies, participant counts, public programs).
  • Follow up after each demonstration–thank you cards, W9s secured, artist payments delivered.
  • At the conclusion of the project, submit a report to Tennessee Craft summarizing the documentation and progress toward grant goals. Cultural Partner Events

Cultural Partner Events

  • Research cultural partner events in underserved areas and/or with underserved populations with potential for Tennessee Craft participation (i.e. booth, live craft demonstration, collateral materials, simple children’s activity).
  • Identify events with greatest potential for Tennessee Craft to reach and engage underrepresented populations.
  • Contact event organizers for more information and to introduce Tennessee Craft.
  • Design three public event outreach activities for children and families that adhere to craft art prerogatives to manipulate materials, that can be easily reproduced with limited financial resources or educator training.
  • Present cultural event findings to Tennessee Craft staff with recommendations for priority engagements.


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the state of Tennessee. A background in education or community outreach programs and strong communication skills are required. As an independent contractor, the applicant must provide their own computer, phone and vehicle for travel, if needed.

Additional Information


The Outreach Coordinator is an independent contractor, and employee benefits are not provided. The contractor will set their own schedule and work remotely.

How to Apply

Review online Scope of Work. Send a letter of interest to Bonnie Matthews, Director of Development, at


  • Date Posted: November 10, 2022
  • Type: Contract / Temp
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 12/01/2022
  • Salary Range: 6000
  • Working Hours: Flexible