Indigo Arts Alliance

Managing Director
Due Mar 31 2020

Indigo Arts Alliance(IAA) is a nonprofit artist residency program that invests in supporting artists across disciplines, including the visual arts, performing arts and creative writing. We provide the time and space necessary for the development of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings communities in close contact with creative processes and practices that broaden cultural awareness.

The Organization

We unite people by building artist communities. Our Artist in Residency program connects Black and Brown national and international artists from the African diaspora and beyond with artists of African descent who reside in Maine. Artists serve as both mentors and mentees and support each other as they affirm and strengthen their practices. Through this core program, our visiting artists offer public talks, demonstrations, and workshops. As thought leaders, they help to advance the skills and knowledge of all people interested in art and social activism. Additionally, Indigo Arts Alliance’s college student internship program is training the next generation of artists and arts advocates.

Our brand-new 4,000-square-foot facility in Portland, Maine functions as a multidisciplinary arts studio for professional, mid-career and emerging artists to cultivate their artistic development. The Studio, which also serves as an educational space, facilitates collaboration, exploration, and growth. Indigo Arts Alliance partners with local, national, and international cultural institutions to amplify creative voices, engage, and educate. These connections help us actively address the underrepresentation of artists of color.

The Position-Managing Director:

Indigo Arts Alliance (IAA) is seeking an experienced, energetic, creative and driven individual to help lead this important start-up and drive its future.

The ideal candidate will have arts administration leadership experience, excellent interpersonal skills, experience with project managing engaging programs for diverse audiences. They will have the ability to engage with professionals and stakeholders from community members to professional artists. Excellent marketing and communication tools are essential as is the ability to ‘hit the ground running’! Confidence in engaging and supporting our artists- in- residence needs from their invitation through residency is paramount as is taking the lead on connecting the artists to community resources.

This role is a wonderful oopportunity for an energetic, talented leader who takes initiative, works in collaboration and is poised to share in the excitement of helping to shape a new organization. You will work hand-in-hand with the founder and interim Executive Director.

Governance— Oversight of the operations and policies of Indigo Arts Alliance is carried out by the 5-person Board of Directors, supported by a large national Circle of Advisors.

Managing Director: Leadership Responsibilities

Strategic and collaborative leadership across all areas of the organization

Ensure the overall excellence of our Artists-in-Residency program by by engaging and supporting the needs of visiting artists, helping to create a positive, productive and rewarding residency

Cultivate professional affiliations and alliances and develop new collaborations with relevant individual or corporate partners who further our mission

Lead, implement and coordinate large-scale public events, including performances, lectures, masterclasses, workshops, symposia/panels and fundraising events

Develop and implement strategies in support of the organization’s mission: “To provide a space for artists of color to engage in robust discussions and interrogations of art and art-making that inspire and affirm.”

Operational Responsibilities

Implement and develop methodologies and processes that bring structure and efficiency to daily operations and activities (e.g. archiving, documenting, organizing databases)

Support growth initiatives, utilizing knowledge of fundraising best practices and strategies

Provide communications support to the stakeholders, partners, board members and the Circle of Advisors

Act as Reporting Director for Studio Manager and student interns.


Minimum five years’ arts administration experience with knowledge of contemporary practices.

Highly motivated and self-starting.

Experience working with artists, arts organizations and local communities.

Proven project management skills to execute programming plans/events.

Strong, clear writing and verbal communication.

Marketing acumen, awareness of marketing/advertising best practices, and experience working with social media and developing original content strategies.

Tech-savvy understanding of donor platforms and communications systems, e.g. Little Green Light, AirTable, Google Drive.

Highly organized with a perfectionist’s capacity for follow-through and clear communication.

Excellent and effective mentor and coach to other IAA team members as well as the broader IAA community.

Compensation and Hours
(40 hours per week) and select weekends (as needed) to support IAA’s programming and events. Position status is regular, full-time, exempt.


IAA is currently being led by co-founder, Marcia Minter, who is acting as interim Executive Director, and co-founder Daniel Minter, Artist Director and a full-time Studio Manager. Indigo Arts Alliance is also supported by a robust community of partners, sponsors and funders.

Position Reports to Co-Founder and Board President

Position Status: Regular, Full-time, Exempt

The position requires 40 hours/week and the ability to work weekends to support program activities as needed.


Salary for this position is $65k/year, Indigo Arts Alliance offers a flexible paid time-off plan which includes vacation, personal and sick leave.

Application Process

Electronic submissions only. Please send cover letter and resume, to: Marcia Minter, Co-Founder and Board President,

More About Indigo Arts Alliance:

We are moving fast! Some of the highlights since our launch include:

Over 15+ artists’ presentation talks by esteemed professional visiting artists with partners across the state

Visits from students, complete with workshops and community conversations

Produced and curated Portland’s First African Diaspora Film festival in collaboration with community partners

“The Welcome Table,” a community symposium on sustenance, creativity and multi-racial democracy. This 2-day event, featuring artist-led workshops in art, dance and music, food, brought together 150+ attendees from across the globe.