Monument Lab: High School Research Fellows 

Monument Lab, coming to Philadelphia in fall 2017, is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, challenges people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.

A guiding, central question—What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?—will be posed to 21 of the most dynamic contemporary artists working in Philadelphia and around the world today, selected by curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum. Temporary monuments conceived by the artists will appear in public spaces across the city, accompanied by interactive pop-up “laboratories” for creative conversations and research collected by youth art guides. During open hours, staff will be present at all labs to distribute information, answer questions, prompt participation, and collect submissions from members of the public. We are looking to build dynamic, motivated, passionate, and locally-focused lab teams who are devoted to the sites and neighborhoods in which Monument Lab is based.

Monument Lab High School Research Fellows join a collaborative team working at one of the labs to foster conversations with public participants about art, history, civic engagement, and monuments. The fellows will be based at one of the 10 research labs, two afternoons a week. Fellows will assist in collecting ideas and proposals from members of the community, and help make sure those ideas are documented as part of a larger report to the city. The fellows should be high school students from the Philadelphia community, and should be excited about talking with other Philadelphians about art, history, and the city.

Research Fellow Duties

  • Works with lab manager, college students, and one other high school fellow to create understanding around Monument Lab’s temporary public art exhibition and public history themes.

  • Elicits public participation by collecting monument ideas from the general public.

  • Serves as an ambassador of the temporary exhibitions by being present, informed, and helpful within the lab and public spaces.  

  • Helps keep the lab organized, clean, and fully-stocked.

  • Adheres to correct procedures, policies, and health/safety guidelines.

  • Participates at community events for the lab and the exhibition

  • Provides organizational assistance, and data entry support as needed.

  • Fellows must be able to participate in a training period in Late August/Early September.

Research Fellow Skills and Qualifications

  • Possesses a strong familiarity with the city of Philadelphia and its history, to help facilitate conversations about the city.

  • Demonstrates ties to their communities through activism, volunteerism, and other interests.

  • Shows a strong track record of leadership experience and is motivated to be a member of a team.

  • Experience with critical writing, public speaking, poetry, blogging, and/or social media communication platforms.

Locations

City Hall, Franklin Square, Logan Square, Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square, Malcolm X Park, Marconi Plaza, Norris Square, Penn Treaty Park, and Vernon Park.

Benefits

This position requires one weekday (Wednesday or Thursday) from 4 to 7 pm, and one weekend day from 12 to 5 pm for the duration of the project in addition to participation in orientations and training.

From September–November 2017 (9 weeks). $800 stipend to be paid in eight $100 payments.
 

How to Apply

Deadline to apply is July 21st.   

Must be available for interview the week of July 30th-August 4th, 2017

If interested in this position, please send a resume and cover letter to pmo@muralarts.org with “High School Research Fellow” in the subject line.

 

 

Monument Lab: Research Lab Manager 

Monument Lab, coming to Philadelphia in fall 2017, is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, challenges people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.

A guiding, central question—What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?—will be posed to 21 of the most dynamic contemporary artists working in Philadelphia and around the world today, selected by curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum. Temporary monuments conceived by the artists will appear in public spaces across the city, accompanied by interactive pop-up “laboratories” for creative conversations and research collected by youth art guides. During open hours, staff will be present at all labs to distribute information, answer questions, prompt participation, and collect submissions from members of the public. We are looking to build dynamic, motivated, passionate, and locally-focused lab teams who are devoted to the sites and neighborhoods in which Monument Lab is based.

Monument Lab Managers lead a collaborative team working at one of the labs to foster conversations with public participants about art, history, civic engagement, and monuments. The ideal candidate will possess an interest in public art and history, the ability to engage the public in conversation, and is both personable and highly organized.

Each lab manager will be based at one of the 10 research labs throughout the city, and will be present at the labs Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The lab manager is responsible for ensuring the safety of the lab staff and community, and for making sure that each lab is a vibrant, welcoming environment for community conversations about the public art and monuments of Philadelphia. The lab manager is also responsible for the accurate collection of monument proposals from the public and should be passionate about engaging members of the public around themes of contemporary art, history, and collaborative research. Lab managers will perform core operational functions in support of the exhibition, wayfinding, opening/closing of the lab, and modeling behavior for support staff.  Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Lab Manager Job Duties:

  • Leads the small team of lab staff including two high school students and a community member in all day-to-day lab operations.

  • Learns exhibition content and activities grounded in historical research, contemporary public art, and community engagement.

  • Engages guest participation with questions, activities, and educational content related to exhibit and overall related concepts.

  • Adapts guest engagements to reach diverse audiences of varying age, background, and educational levels.

  • Communicates with other teams of facilitators at other labs throughout the city.

  • Supports team members with a positive, professional, and collaborative attitude.

  • Incorporates ongoing coaching notes and feedback into all aspects of job.

  • Maintains lab space as organized and fully stocked for each day.

  • Completes projects by assisting project team

  • Consistently attends and participates in group and project meetings/events.

  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities.

  • Managers must be able to participate in a training period in Late August/Early September.

Lab Manager Skills and Qualifications

  • Passion for public art, community organizing, education and civic engagement.

  • Strong familiarity with and work experiences in the city of Philadelphia.

  • Local relationships and proximity to one of the Lab locations is preferred.

Lab Locations

City Hall, Franklin Square, Logan Square, Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square, Malcolm X Park, Marconi Plaza, Norris Square, Penn Treaty Park, and Vernon Park.

HOURS AND COMPENSATION

September 16 - November 19, 2017 (9 weeks), with an orientation in late August.

This position requires two weekdays (Wednesdays and Thursdays) from 3:30 to 7:30 pm, and both weekend days from 11:30 to 5:30 pm for the duration of the project in addition to participation in an orientation and meetings.

Lab managers will receive a $3,000 stipend, to be paid in six $500 installments.

How to Apply

All offers of employment are contingent upon obtaining and successfully passing required background checks, including but not limited to criminal and child abuse. As an independent contractor the cost of background checks are not covered by Mural Arts Advocates.

Deadline to apply is July 21st.
Must be available for an interview the week of July 30th – August 4th, 2017

If interested in this position, please send a resume and cover letter to pmo@muralarts.org with “Lab Manager” in the subject line.