Opportunity at Mural Arts!! – Project Consultant/Performance Producer

Deadline: July 22, 2016

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is looking for an independent contractor to manage an innovative public art initiative from July 2016- August 2017 at 10-24 hours per week in 2016 with the time commitment increasing to an average of 24 hours per week in 2017.

Background: The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is a public-private partnership dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art. Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding. Our work is created in service of a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. We listen with empathetic ears to understand the aspirations of our partners and participants. And through beautiful collaborative art, we provide people with the inspiration and tools to seize their own future.

Annually, we produce between 80 and 100 temporary and permanent works of public art, which together tell an incredible story of Philadelphia’s beauty and resilience. We are regularly recognized as a force for excellence and innovation in public art.  Most recently, we had projects honored by the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network, the Venice Biennale, and the United Nations.  We attract interest from an international audience of artists, scholars and practitioners, who attend conference sessions on our work, register for convenings we host in Philadelphia, and offer professional consultancies with our staff.

Project Description: Mural Arts is working with artist Michael Rakowitz and curator Elizabeth Thomas to produce a radio program and public performance event with members of the Iraqi refugee and veterans of Iraq War communities in Philadelphia.  The public performance event, scheduled for June 2017 on Independence National Historic Park, will feature professional and amateur performers, music, performance and food.  The performance will kick off a ten part radio program to be distributed nationwide and available as a podcast.  Both the performance and radio program will be authored by the artist, and weave together voices, songs, poems, and music of Iraqi refugees and U.S. veterans who served in Iraq.


  • Support the project artist and curator working in close collaboration with MAP leadership to develop and implement the Initiative.
  • Schedule meetings and travel for curator, artists and out of town participants
  • Provide Budget oversight and financial reporting to funders
  • Maintain and nurture relationships with key stakeholders and organizational partners
  • Schedule, organize, and lead workshops and meetings with community members and partners
  • Assemble and manage production team which could include stage manager, musical director, performance participants, musicians, recording engineers, web developer/designer and others
  • Organize performers and rehearsals
  • Manage radio/podcast production and distribution logistics
  • Secure necessary permits, street closures, security and performance plans
  • Work with Web developer/designer
  • Support development of all necessary contracts
  • Manage content for website
  • Arrange listening parties in Philadelphia, New York, SF, Chicago and Middle East
  • Manage all administrative and logistical details of project

This position will serve as an ambassador of Mural Arts in project communities at all times, while accompanying the artist and curator through their creative processes.  This position will be expected to work some nights and weekends as project work demands within the scope of a part time contract.  The workload will vary across the scope of the project, with more intensity when site visits and pre-production/production are taking place. This position will serve as the contact for the wide range of participants and collaborators.


Commitment to the mission and values of the Mural Arts Program, a solid work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, and a respect for teamwork are critical to success in this position.

A Minimum of 3 years’ experience in project management and experience in live performance production

Background in the visual arts or other creative processes

Detail oriented

Ability to effectively juggle many tasks and to maintain focus in a fast-paced environment

Excellent communication skills

Ability to develop cross sector partnerships

Public speaking and presentation skills

Knowledge of finance and project management software

Valid driver’s license

Application Deadline: Friday July 22, 2016. Applications will be reviewed as received and position filled ASAP.

To Apply: Please include Project Manager/Performance Producer in subject heading and provide cover letter, salary requirements, resume, and references to Netanel Portier, Office of Project Management at pmo@muralarts.org.

Opportunity posted on: July 5, 2016