Newfields Seeks Studio Programs Associate

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Newfields Seeks Studio Programs Associate




Department: Education

Position Type: Full Time

Hourly or Salary: Hourly

Hourly Rate: $18.00

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Amid the art and nature resources at Newfields, the Studio Programs Associate assists with the creation and implementation of studio-based experiences and programs. The successful candidate enjoys working with people of all ages and is comfortable planning programs around the themes of art and nature.  This staff member supports the Manager of Studio Programs with summer camp, a program for PreK youth, adult and seasonal programs, and more.  Responsibilities range from maintaining supplies, scheduling and ticketing, to leading artmaking sessions.


The following responsibilities describe the general nature of work for employees in the position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory. 

  •  Contribute to the development of programming for Newfields Summer Camp
  •  Contribute to the development of studio programming, including Free First Thursday, Wee Wonders, seasonal festival programming, and other future programs
  •  Contribute to the development of new and innovative studio programming ideas that serve a wide range of audiences
  •  Collaborate with Education staff and other departments on new and upcoming outreach initiatives
  •  Work and communicate effectively with a variety of members, visitors, and client groups
  •  Maintain detailed paperwork, including developing event itineraries, keeping track of expenses, and maintaining guest information
  •  Maintain studio inventory and purchasing of materials for studio programs
  •  Collaborate with Newfields staff from Education, Public Programs, Culinary Arts, Guest Experience, Events, and other departments across the organization
  •  Assist with various Studio Programs as needed; these might include camps and studio classes for youth and adults
  •  Some weekend/evening work required
  • Other duties as assigned

 Required Skills

  • Experience teaching people of all ages, especially children. Experience working with art and nature programming.
  •  Enthusiasm, sociability, and friendliness. Must be comfortable in front of a crowd.
  • Attention to detail. Organization skills to prioritize tasks. Exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

 Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, Studio Art, Art History, Arts Education, Teacher Education, Hospitality and Tourism Management/Event planning, or relevant field or experience
  • A minimum of one-year professional experience in an education context or event planning
  • Experience in education programming preferred, as well as working with children, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Physical Demands of Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/ or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the position. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

About Newfields

Newfields offers dynamic experiences with art and nature for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic home, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the IMA Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, to a stroll through The Garden with a glass of something cold, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and ten oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information visit