Job Posting: Coordinator, Brickbottom Open Studios (distanced or virtual version)

Posted: June 5, 2020

The Brickbottom Artists Association (BAA) is seeking an energetic, highly-organized and digitally-savvy Coordinator to reimagine and execute its annual open studios in a way that keeps the Brickbottom community and visitors safe in this time of COVID-19. Hosted since 1987 within the Brickbottom Artists Building, a live-work condominium, this is one of the oldest open studios events in Somerville. The two-day festival is ​traditionally held the weekend before Thanksgiving, which falls on November 21st and 22nd in 2020 (timing, as with most aspects of this year’s event may need to be altered).

Reporting to the BAA Board of Directors, and working closely with the BAA Membership Coordinator, the Coordinator of Open Studios appoints and partners with volunteers to plan and execute all aspects of the annual event. The ideal candidate is a creative problem-solver, and a skilled diplomat with the temperament to manage a diverse group of passionate stakeholders.

Work begins with reimagining and planning immediately, and ends with the collection of feedback and debrief with volunteers within a few weeks following the event. There is a modest stipend provided.

Although the Open Studios Coordinator has traditionally been a resident of Brickbottom, this is not required. In the current environment, the ability to lead a team remotely is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reimagine what has historically been a tactile in-person event in a way that engages the public without endangering them or the BB community by exposing them to the coronavirus.
  • Manage (and recruit if necessary) a cabinet of volunteers who are responsible for various aspects and duties of the planning and execution, i.e. publicity, social media strategy, online experience design and execution, planning, volunteer coordination, affiliate liaison, etc.
  • Redesign and oversee the execution of the plan using the Cabinet Timeline and Showrunner’s Bible documents provided by the previous director as resources
  • Work closely with the BAA Membership Coordinator and Treasurer to manage the open studios registration and budget
  • Communicate all announcements, policies, schedules, etc. to the membership and participating artists, and act as liaison with Brickbottom residents, office and Trustees

Qualifications and Skills

  • Computer and Internet literacy required
  • Proficiency with the Google Suite platform (docs, sheets, and drive)
  • Ability to create targeted email communications and audience lists using Mail Chimp
  • Highly-developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively delegate responsibilities
  • Familiarity with web conferencing platforms and creating virtual/digital media experiences on the web and/or social media
  • Passion for creative, diverse communities a plus
  • Current BAA member preferred
  • Previous experience leading a community of artists or creative people preferred
  • Experience working with databases preferred
  • Event planning or project management experience a plus
  • Prior participation in a local open studios a plus


A modest stipend of $1000 is provided.

The Brickbottom Artists Association (BAA) is dedicated to preserving and expanding the arts in Somerville and the greater Boston area. Year-round, the Brickbottom Gallery presents thoughtful and professionally curated art exhibitions as one of Somerville’s few non-profit contemporary art galleries. Through community outreach and involvement, free lectures, and scholarship awards, the BAA strives to expand an awareness of the arts that enriches the Boston community at large.

Interested parties may email to schedule an informal interview.