Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, the Macon Arts Alliance is seeking an artist-in-residence to help launch a community arts center in
East Macon as part of the Mill Hill project.
Since 2015, Macon Arts Alliance in partnership with the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority has been working to stabilize and restore the Bibb Mill #1 Auditorium located at 213 Clinton St. Built in the 1920’s, the nearly 7,000 square foot auditorium was in danger of demolition by neglect when Macon Arts began stabilization efforts.
Thanks to funding from Macon-Bibb County’s blight bond fund, the UDA, a generous private donor, and several grants, rehab construction on the center is currently underway with completion expected in March 2018. Once completed, the center will serve as a hub for creative activities in Mill Hill and the rest of Macon. The center will feature performance and rehearsal spaces, artist work and gallery spaces, as well as tools and technology for all creatives.
The 6-month residency will provide the opportunity for an artist to:
- Share art with an underserved community
- Coordinate performing and visual arts programming in a newly rehabbed community arts facility
- Become a part of a dynamic neighborhood of creatives living and working together in central Georgia’s first arts village.
The primary responsibility of the resident will be to curate, coordinate, and oversee creative free and paid programs to activate the center upon opening. Programs will be focused on arts education, instructional classes, and seminars, as well as dramatic, musical, and experimental performance art. Some partnering arts organizations have already expressed interest in hosting their existing programs in the center, but the resident will recruit more while integrating their own work and skills into the mix. The facility will also serve as a rentable venue for public and private events. Coordination of these rentals will also be managed by the resident. A program calendar will be created with engagement opportunities for the public and for other artists to successfully establish the arts center as an asset and to sustain it for the future.
Secondarily, marketing the center as a place to experience art and as a place for professionals to teach and share art will be an integral part of the residency. Macon Arts Alliance will lead the marketing efforts, collaborating with the resident using their creativity and inspiration to define design, direction, and outreach. A fee structure will be created for rentals and usage which will be managed by the resident as well.
The resident will be paid $3,200 per month for 6 months. Housing, including internet and utilities will be provided in a newly rehabbed mill cottage adjacent to the arts center. The 1050 square foot cottage is available furnished and features personal studio space for the artist. There is no housing stipend available if the resident elects not to take advantage of the housing.
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university
- Practicing full or part-time artist
- Previous programming, facilities management, administrative, marketing, or event planning experience
- Technological literacy
- Strong organization, written, and verbal communication skills
- Commitment to creative community development