How to get a job in art world recruitment
Art world recruitment is notoriously hard to get.
There are no official positions and, in the past, hiring managers were reluctant to advertise positions.
That has changed.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced it is hiring more than 30,000 people to fill positions in its regional offices and regional museums.
NEA President Mark Goldring said that the agency is “doing everything in our power to help those who have been overlooked and under-utilized, who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to get to this point.”
While NEA is not alone in hiring a broader group of artists to help it recruit for its regional, national and international offices, the NEA’s recruitment efforts reflect a shift in its strategy to attract more talent from the world of fine art.
Art World’s strategy is to expand the pool of artists that can be hired through its Regional Artists Initiative (RIA), a collaboration with the Smithsonian and the National Endowments for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
“We have been focused on creating an even more diverse talent pool,” Goldring told the National Review.
NEAS has hired a team of over 100 local artists to represent its regional museums and offices across the country.
The RIA team will be a key component of NEA-led recruitment efforts.
“When we do our work in the field, we can see where we can work collaboratively with the museum and the institution to make sure we can make it work better,” Goldrings said.
“And when we do that, we get better.”
NEA has a number of ways it can recruit artists from outside the art world.
NEAs regional office is hiring artists from the U.S. and Canada through the Regional Artists Fund.
The fund will offer grants of up to $10,000 to artists who have contributed at least $1,000 in artistic contributions in a project or series that has been curated by NEA artists.
Artists who contribute $1 million will receive $20,000, and the $50,000 level will allow the artist to work with NEA for six years.
Artists can also apply to the RIA for the opportunity to work on a national project.
In addition, NEA announced it would partner with the National Arts Council, a nonprofit that brings artists and designers together to develop and execute innovative arts programs.
“There’s a lot of overlap between our work as an organization and the work that our artists are doing,” Goldriggs said.
In the past three years, NEAs RIA has provided over $2.3 million to artists across the U and Canada.
The NEA, which oversees the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has also been partnering with other major museums to provide support for regional artists.
“It’s been really helpful for us to partner with museums and to see the impact of what we can do with our art,” Goldberg said.
The regional arts program is a key part of the NEAs goal to hire more artists to expand its work in areas such as digital design, photography, painting, illustration and design.
“The arts are a key driver for people coming to the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian, and that’s really what we’re trying to do with the Regional Arts Initiative,” Goldstein said.
Goldring noted that the program will also help NEA recruit from its regional and national museums, which are both located in Washington, D.C. The U.K.’s National Portrait Gallery and the London School of Economics and Political Science are also collaborating on the initiative.
“With our museums and other regional and international institutions, we’re really looking to get more of these artists to come here and collaborate with us and to bring these disciplines together,” Goldenstein said.