Brickbottom Artists Associaiton

1 Fitchburg Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Date Posted:
February 18, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Coordinator, Brickbottom Open Studios


Coordinator, Brickbottom Open Studios concurrent with Somerville Open Studios (distanced or virtual version, fast track)

Temporary 10 week contract position available immediately (future extension or renewal of contract is a possibility). Interested parties may email to schedule an informal interview.

The Brickbottom Artists Association (BAA) is seeking an energetic, highly-organized and digitally-savvy Coordinator to help reimagine and execute an open studios event in this time of COVID-19.

Since 1987 the Brickbottom Artists Building, a live-work condominium, has hosted one of the oldest open studios events in Somerville. The two-day festival hastraditionally been held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Brickbottom Open Studios was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and the BAA is taking this opportunity to rethink and reimagine engaging fans of our open studios in COVID times.

The BAA has been awarded COVID relief funding from the City of Somerville to help with this project that must be used by May 1, so we are looking to fast track the planning of an event that will synchronize with Somerville Open Studios May 1 and 2, 2021.

The Open Studios Coordinator reports to and works with the following key stakeholders:

  • Reports to BAA Open Studios planning committee

  • Reports to he BAA Board of Directors

  • Works with a team of volunteer BAA members and residents who possess historical knowledge and experience with similar events

  • Coordinates with the Brickbottom Condominium Board of Trustees and Management Office

  • Coordinates with the Somerville Open Studios planning committee

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Reimagine plan and execute an Open Studios event concurrent with Somerville Open Studios 2021.

    • Manage the volunteer teams through execution of the event

    • Work with previous Open Studios Coordinators’ templates and systems

    • Work closely with the BAA Open Studios planning committee

    • Manage communication with all stakeholders

    • Create documentation of plans and lessons learned that will inform future open studios events


Qualifications and Skills

  • Computer and Internet literacy and proficiency with the Google Suite platform (docs, sheets, and drive) required

  • Event planning or project management experience strongly preferred

  • Highly-developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively lead a team of volunteers and delegate responsibilities

  • Previous experience with arts organizing preferred

  • Current BAA membership preferred but not required

  • Social media strategy experience a plus

  • Prior participation in a local open studios a plus

  • Passion for creative, diverse communities a plus

  • Flexible schedule a plus—working with several stakeholder groups on an accelerated schedule through May 2nd will be necessary.

How To Apply:

Temporary contract position available immediately (future extension or renewal of contract is a possibility).

Interested parties may email to schedule an informal interview.

Apply by:
March 02, 2021
$3,000 - $5,000
About this Organization:
Artists' building, non-profit gallery, artists' association -- Brickbottom is all of this, and so much more. Some know us as one of the country's first and largest artist-developed live-work buildings, located in the former cannery and bakery of the A&P Grocery chain. Some associate our name with our building's annual Open Studios events. Others know Brickbottom as a neighborhood of Somerville MA that, in the 1800s, produced the clay to make bricks for ritzy Boston residences. The artists who made Brickbottom their home in the mid-1980s also established a vital community arts organization and gallery: Brickbottom Artists Association (BAA): A non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving and expanding the arts in Somerville and the greater Boston area. Founded in 1987 by residents of the Brickbottom Artists Building, the BAA today welcomes both resident and non-resident artists and supporting members. Brickbottom Gallery: A non-profit exhibition space established in 1989 and operated by the BAA. The gallery presents 3 BAA-member shows per year, along with exhibitions of work by emerging and established artists from the greater Boston area and beyond.