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Folk Arts Coordinator

Posted by Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement ; Posted on 
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Folk Arts Coordinator


Position Summary
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) seeks an experienced & knowledgeable individual to join our team as Folk Arts Coordinator. This individual is responsible for partnering with Utah’s cultural communities to support, preserve, & celebrate traditional music, dance, craft, visual arts, & lifeways throughout the state.


Essential Duties

  • Promotes & preserves the traditions of Utah’s folk artists, culture bearers, & community scholars through fieldwork, partnerships, & relationship building
  • Provides content advice & technical assistance to individual artists, organizations, & communities developing folk & traditional arts programming
  • Advances UA&M’s vision with partners by planning & over-seeing professional development workshops & hands-on folk arts education activities
  • Identifies & supports visual & performing artists while promoting best practices in folk arts & folk arts education programming
  • Coordinates with UA&M Communications Manager in disseminating information to the field & UA&M network
  • Recruits & provides technical assistance to Utah folk & traditional artists participating in grant-making opportunities, conferences, & activities
  • Researches, writes & assists with grants & reporting in support of the Folk Arts Program
  • Collaborates with the Salt Lake City Arts Council to produce & present folk & traditional arts events & festivals, such as the Living Traditions Festival
  • Collaborates with UA&M Registrar to develop the collections plan regarding folk & traditional arts acquisitions for the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection
  • Collaborates with colleagues to develop & implement public programs & museum exhibitions, including object selection, display, & interpretation
  • Develops interpretive materials for the Chase Home Museum & folk arts in education lesson plans that align with Utah Fine Arts & Social Studies curriculum standards
  • Represents the Division at local, state, regional, & national meetings
  • Coordinates budget, contracts & payments related to folk & traditional arts programming
  • Maintains the Folk Arts Program database, archive, & related digital exhibitions & media
  • Actively participates as a member of the Chase Home & Division of Arts & Museums staff teams
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications

  • Three+ years of experience working within the field of Folk & Traditional Arts
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with major course work in Folk Arts or related field
  • Excellent interpersonal & facilitation skills
  • Works well independently & as a team member
  • Excellent communication skills; both oral & written
  • Experience creating & implementing professional development activities utilizing folk & traditional artists in a variety of settings
  • Ability to manage time effectively, prioritize work, & meet critical deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Google Workspace & Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willing & able to travel

Why You Should Join Our Team

As part of the UA&M team you will have the opportunity to work with a passionate, diverse, talented staff, supporting broader division work with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Library &,Museum Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, & other government agencies & nonprofit organizations. We foster a vibrant inclusive culture within our workforce. In this position you would also enjoy a generous benefits package through the State of Utah.

Position is full-time, starting between $25-$27 per hour, requires residency in Utah & work at the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, with some flexible telework options, statewide travel. Projected start date October 3, 2022.

The Agency

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a public agency composed of two advisory boards (the Utah Museum Services Advisory Board & the Utah Arts Advisory Board), & a full time staff of 22 FTE. As the state’s primary agency that focuses on supporting Utah’s arts, museums & cultural community, our vision is to be a relevant & knowledgeable agency working with & for Utahns to encourage a vibrant & culturally engaged state. Our core values include collaboration, openness, & excellence, ensuring equity, diversity, inclusion, & access through our services & programs. The successful applicant will demonstrate this mission & values in their application.


Supplemental Information

  • Ability to obtain valid driver’s license and operate a state vehicle
  • Risks found in the typical office setting
  • Must be able to carry 30 lbs.
  • Requires some walking, standing, bending