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Antenna Executive Director Job Announcement
Due Jun 15 2021

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - ANTENNA, NEW ORLEANS - WWW.ANTENNA.WORKS

Antenna is seeking a full-time executive director for its office in New Orleans, LA. An ideal candidate will possess knowledge and experience in contemporary art and artist-run spaces, an exceptional capacity for strategic direction, and willingness for on-the-ground action. Antenna is a leader in its home community, therefore a solid grounding in racial equity and social justice and a sophisticated approach to community engagement and partnership are a must. The executive director will collaborate with the board of directors, staff of 8 and artist collective to promote Antenna’s mission, vision and values.

MISSION

Antenna is a New Orleans-based art organization committed to being a vital participant in the life of the city through the creation and support of artist and writer-driven programs. Antenna programming began as a relief from rebuilding and a tool for the city’s recovery during the aftermath of the 2005 hurricanes. It has since expanded to offer a robust slate of literary, visual arts, and arts education programming. It serves as a welcoming entry point into the arts for New Orleans audiences and an engine for cultural production, especially creative endeavors with transformative approaches to social justice.

Through its programming, Antenna supports creator-driven projects featuring new and relevant contemporary visual art and literary works. It has an impressive programming schedule that supports a yearly exhibitions program in its gallery spaces on St. Claude Avenue, Paper Machine, a printshop housing cutting edge print technologies, a national artist residency program named Spillways Residency, our popular online podcast Antenna::Signals, and a citywide 24-hour Draw-A-Thon. Additionally, Antenna’s regranting program, Platforms Fund, in partnership with Ashe Cultural Arts Center (www.ashecac.org) provides support for the development and presentation of self-organized artistic projects in and around New Orleans. All of our programs engage a diverse group of artists, wildly ambitious projects and draw audiences from across the Greater New Orleans area. Antenna’s second space is Paper Machine, a 5000 sq ft printshop that houses the organization’s printing and publication studios for print-based artists and the Artist Book Collection.

Antenna maintains two leased facilities, Antenna Gallery and Paper Machine. It has an annual budget of $800,000 which includes $60,000 that is re-granted through the Platforms partnership with Ashe Cultural Arts Center.

In alignment with Antenna’s commitment to creating a community rooted in justice, we are committed to ensuring a space that is free of racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, misogyny, classism or other bias. Antenna does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical characteristics or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage diverse applicants to apply.

Apply here by sending a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and writing samples related to one of the above areas of responsibility (not to exceed five pages) or via email to Antenna’s Search Committee (searchcommittee@antenna.works). Expected hire date of July 1, 2021; relocation to New Orleans required. Position open until filled.