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We’re always on the lookout for creative, self-directed, clever individuals to join our team. If you think you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you.

Take a look at the open positions below. To apply, send your application materials (specified for each role) to — indicating the position you’re applying for in the subject line of your email.

ArtPrize is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Learning & Engagement Support Intern

Project 1 by ArtPrize Internship Program Underwritten by:

The ArtPrize organization is looking for a creative and outgoing individual interested in gaining experience with an event-based arts nonprofit, working alongside ArtPrize staff on a variety of projects. This position includes assisting with some volunteer recruitment and volunteer program operations, facilitating hands-on art activities during community evens and engaging school groups as well as the public in conversations about contemporary art.

The ArtPrize organization produces open citywide contemporary art experiences that encourage critical discourse, celebrate artists, transform urban space and promote cultural understanding. The ArtPrize team produces two biennial events that alternate years: ArtPrize (an international art competition) and the Project series (citywide, community-oriented public art commissions).

The Department of Learning & Engagement helps to develop programs, partnerships, tools and services that provide experiences and opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect and engage with events produced by ArtPrize in a meaningful way. We work on initiatives designed for schools, families, volunteers as well as current and potential visitors. Ultimately the function of the department helps to cultivate a sustainable event by creating deeper connections to events produced by ArtPrize, the arts, and the Grand Rapids community; inspiring generations of art-lovers, artists and event goers.

Dates: July 15 – October 25
Time Commitment: 15 hrs / week


  • Develop a greater understanding of ArtPrize as an organization
  • Develop a greater understanding of arts non-profits
  • Help support volunteer recruitment efforts as well as summer events
  • Learn and assist with a volunteer database 
  • Learn and assist with research and data collection


  • The Grand Rapids community
  • Local nonprofits. Colleges and Universities
  • ArtPrize staff and volunteer community


  • High school diploma, must be currently enrolled in a college/university


  • Organized, self-motivated and proactive
  • Employs a calm and friendly disposition
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Organized, self-motivated and proactive
  • Creative problem solver
  • Demonstrate passion for arts education and community
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task and work collaboratively

Please submit a complete resume with a detailed cover letter to that briefly shares why you are applying for this position and why you are a candidate to consider.

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Productions & Exhibitions Intern

Project 1 by ArtPrize Internship Program Underwritten By:

The Productions & Exhibitions Intern will play a vital role in the ArtPrize Productions and Exhibitions Departments. The essential job functions of this individual will be to support and assist the production and execution of Project 1 artist installations, assist with special events, and support the Productions and Exhibitions departments with administrative tasks. Organized, creative, and flexible candidates are invited to apply for a fast-paced, rewarding seasonal position.

Internship Dates: July 8 – September 30, 2019

Hours: 15 hours per week

Essential Job Functions

  • Support the production and execution of Project 1 artist installations
  • Assist with booking and producing the entertainment for Project 1 events
  • Support the production and management of Project 1 events
  • Work alongside Project 1 artists to complete tasks
  • Perform general administrative duties
  • Remain flexible and willing to assist the organization in a broad spectrum of ways
  • Help to promote and ensure the success of the Exhibitions and Operations departments
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma; must be currently enrolled in a college/university


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, flexible and detail oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, flexible and detail oriented
  • The ability to multi-task and work both independently and collaboratively on various projects
  • Access to a personal laptop equipped with Microsoft Office (preferred)


  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs occasionally
  • Ability to stand for lengthy periods of time

To Apply: Send your cover letter and resume to

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Production Coordinator

The Production Coordinator functions as part of the Operations & Production team and is responsible for all physical production of Project 1 by ArtPrize, including but not limited to venue planning, execution, logistics and ensuring daily operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Seasonal Employment Dates: July – November, 2019

Essential Job Functions     

  • Collaborate with relevant departments regarding matters applicable to building out installation sites, special events and activations.
  • Works closely with Director of Operations & Production on developing department procedures and the creation and maintenance of departmental files.
  • Assist in event preparation, maintaining a smooth run of show for all events, receptions, presentations and/or special events held in any Project 1 venues as needed. This could include general management of entertainers & entertainment elements, speakers, show flow, load-in and tear down.
  • Assist in hiring and training the Production Assistants and manage their daily workload; attend weekly planning meetings with the Operations & Production team.
  • Collaborate with Special Events Coordinators and the Development Department to provide assistance with venue logistics, replenishing product, and coordinating donations.
  • Oversee relationships with vendors, independent contractors, and sponsors; maintain and improve these already existing relationships with the potential to enhance the quality of Project 1 sites and events.
  • With help from the Venue Coordinators, assess signage needs and placement for Project 1 sites.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Operations & Production on any equipment rentals needed to aid in the daily operations at events or sites. Schedule delivery and pick-up of all rentals, installations, and any other matters relevant to the build-out of Project 1 sites and coordination of delivery schedules.
  • Manage all storage facilities and oversee updating the inventory log for product deliveries and ArtPrize owned equipment and furniture.
  • Order and schedule delivery and return of all production vehicle rentals. Assist Development and Guest Services with fleet vehicles as needed.
  • Maintain the operations/venue timelines for load-in, load-out, and employee schedules.
  • Volunteer coordination as needed.
  • Create and submit the parking meter request form to the City offices and coordinate meter hooding and road closures.
  • Assist with preparing production and wrap meetings.
  • Provide a comprehensive wrap report to the Director of Operations & Production. An outline explaining the wrap report and wrap process will be provided. Wrap report is due on the Friday after the completion of Project 1.
  • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree preferred.


  • Minimum of two years experience in event production
  • Minimum of two years experience in related event field preferred.


  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities.
  • Proven ability to handle numerous details concurrently, with appropriate follow up tracking and reporting activities.
  • Strong self-motivation and self–initiative.
  • Strong proofreading and grammar skills.
  • Proven negotiation skills when dealing with vendors.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion. Must be willing to sign confidentiality agreements if asked.
  • Comfortable successfully negotiating with third party vendors.
  • Superior administrative and computer skills, with expertise in Microsoft OS.
  • Must consistently demonstrate a friendly and cooperative attitude with vendors, fellow staff, donors, sponsors and event guests.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure.


  • Knowledge and passion for art preferred.
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends and be available by personal cell phone during non-office hours for time sensitive, business-related communications.


  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. and must be willing to participate in manual labor when setting up and loading out certain venues.
  • Ability to stand for lengthy periods of time
  • Must be able to maintain a high level of energy with very little to no sleep.


Please send a cover letter and resume to Applications will be received until the vacancy has been filled.

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