Civic Artist-in-Residence
Cincinnati, OH IMPACT
Job Type


Job Title: Civic Artist-in-Residence

Salary: $25,000 (25hrs/wk)

Job Type: Part-Time Exempt

Location: ArtWorks Administrative Office, 2460 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Reports to: Director of Community Impact 

Start date: August 19, 2022

About ArtWorks: Now in its 26th year, ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that has pioneered public art and economic impact throughout the region with a mission to transform people and places through investments in creativity. ArtWorks co-creates public art with community leaders that build civic pride and beautify the region, creating jobs for more than 300 artists annually, including youth ages 14-21, to earn a living wage. The economic empowerment and mentorship that ArtWorks provide leads to upward mobility, which is critically important for youth who come from a majority of underserved households and who are underemployed. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed over 4,000 youth and 3,500 creative professionals. The organization has completed more than 14,000 public and private art works of art, including public sculpture, light-based installations, and more than 200 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. Now headquartered in Walnut Hills, ArtWorks is part of the burgeoning arts district in Cincinnati’s historic second downtown. Learn more at

About the New Monuments Initiative: Monuments make a public statement about the ideas, values, or individuals a community thinks their society should remember or honor. ArtWorks, along with partnering community organizations, will work to ensure that Cincinnati’s statement is one of equity, justice, and truth-telling. The New Monuments initiative will aim to reimagine and rebuild commemorative spaces that celebrate and affirm the historical contributions of the many diverse communities that make up the United States. New Monuments can take the form of prototypes, outdoor art exhibitions, and mixed media materials. They are more than memorials, historical markers, and public statuary, but also storytelling spaces, and civic spaces to gather and make meaning. Through this work ArtWorks plans to host public dialogue and reflection and recenter voices, stories, and narratives to include those who have often been denied historical recognition to inform the creation of new monuments in Cincinnati.


Job Description 

ArtWorks is launching its first year-round Civic Artist Studio, which will lead to community engagement and outcomes for New Monuments. The Civic Artists Studio will provide youth (ages 18 – 24) with consistent employment for an entire year. To lead this new program and studio, ArtWorks will employ a talented Civic Artist-in-Residence with expertise in art production, community arts, engagement, and equity and justice work. The Civic Artist-on-Residence will work with Junior Civic Artists to conceptualize, design, and produce, community engagement activities, the activation of public spaces, and works of art. Moreover, the Civic Artist-in-Residence should be a high-energy and organized individual with the ability to inspire and be inspired by young people. They should be able to engage young people in the design and production process by breaking down steps to help them uncover their best ideas and strengths. 

The key phases of New Monuments that the Civic Artist-in-Residence will lead are:

1. Engagement, Research, and Inventory (September 2022 – March 2023)

2. Monument Creation and Activation through a Call-to-Artists (April – October 2023)

Key Responsibilities: 

Community Engagement, Design, Production, & Studio Management

· Design, in collaboration with the Junior Civic Artists, a plan to engage the public around monuments, including community engagement structures and art outcomes from those engagements.

· Collect, organize, analyze, and synthesize data collected through engagements to inform a Cincinnati monument audit and final report that will be shared with the public.

· Facilitate community engagements including artmaking, public think tank discussions, and more.

· Lead the creation of art that is informed by community engagement and/or fosters engagement. Examples could include educational art prints, pop-up galleries of community-driven monument designs, etc. 

· Create a partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools or other youth institutions to involve youth in engagement activities, historical learnings, and visioning of new monuments.

· Identify, create, and implement strategies and systems for studio management, maintenance, and file/spatial organization. 

· Develop a team workflow, communicate expectations and timelines, and monitor budget.

· Facilitate design processes amongst the Junior Civic Artists.

· Troubleshoot and communicate problems that arise during engagements or art production promptly.

· Facilitate a Call-to-Artists and provide Artists with findings and research from the Engagement, Inventory, and Research phase. Provide some production support to chosen artists from the Call.

Youth Workforce Development

· Create and communicate clear expectations to Junior Civic Artists by making project goals, action plans, schedules, files, and materials accessible. 

· Design curriculum that strengthens Junior Civic Artists' understanding of community engagement, the design and production process, creative problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills (among team members and as part of the community engagement and relationship-building process).

· Identify training opportunities, workshops, field trips, activities, etc. that inspire Junior Civic Artists.

· Build a relationship with each Junior Civic Artist through active conversation and one-on-one instruction, ensuring their professional development. 

· Track Junior Civic Artists' attendance/lateness, approve hours worked, and evaluate performance. 

· Compile Junior Civic Artists' stories/qualitative data and ensure their participation in completing any evaluations and surveys.


  Qualifications and experiences: 

· BFA preferred, or equivalent experience

· 5+ years experience leading and managing community-driven public art projects from start to completion

· Experience leading, mentoring, and managing a team with diverse experiences and talents

· Experience developing curriculums

· Proficiency in digital design software - Illustrator, Photoshop, Coral Paint, and Procreate 

Required skills and abilities: 

· Set priorities, develop work plans and schedules, and report progress

· Strong written and verbal communications skills

· Solve problems and make decisions that improve team/organizational effectiveness

· Curious about facts and trends; a continuous learner

· Adhere to ethical behavior and business practices, including managing sensitive and confidential information with integrity

· Commitment to ArtWorks’ mission, vision, values, culture and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility Plan

· Core competencies: relationship builder, thrive through collaboration, champion diversity, embrace change, and approach opportunities with creativity. 

· Proficient in Microsoft Suite

· Must be willing to work outside of normal business hours when needed

The Payoff: 

· Be part of an amazing mission and make a mark in transforming the Greater Cincinnati region with public art, building community, and investing in young artists 

· Be part of a dynamic team that embraces a growth mindset

· Be part of a collaborative, creative and flexible work culture that is people centered.

· Join a team that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in community-centered work that creates positive change. Read our full commitment here

To Apply:   

Please include cover letter, resume, 10 portfolio samples, and references. For the portfolio samples, please include large scale and community-based projects that you have worked on and artwork of your own design. Please combine all images into one PDF document no larger than 4MB. Upload using the additional materials button.


ArtWorks, an equal opportunity employer is strongly committed to building and retaining a diverse team that creates an inclusive workplace which harnesses each voice to collectively advance ArtWorks’ mission.