Program Coordinator, it’s proven to be a bit of a vague indicator of what I actually do at this new job. Now that I have about a month and a half under my belt I can more accurately explain what I do. Every month I am tasked with organizing and facilitating the creation of the ArtWalk Map. ArtWalk occurs every first Friday of the month and, compared the the similarly named event found in downtown Peoria, it is massive. My first month I had nearly 50 galleries, venues, and supporting organizations participate.
On September 7th when I headed downtown to check it out I was blown away by the scope of this little project of mine. People flooded the near impassable streets of downtown Flagstaff maneuvering from gallery to gallery. Days on end of discussing listing prices, word limits, and negotiating quarter page ads results in a single night each month where the downtown explodes. But this is just part of my job.
ArtWalk coordinator, gallery assistant, youth education coordinator, and etc. just doesn’t look good on a name tag so they decided to shorten it. Along with ArtWalk, I am also responsible for the care of the gallery. This includes assisting with the installation of shows, keeping all related paperwork in order and making sure the lights all come on each morning and replacing the ones that don’t. I am there to field whatever the Gallery Director throws my way. This is probably my favorite aspect of my job thus far because it gets me out from behind my computer and moving around for a couple weeks at a time. Handling the work in the gallery is such a treat, being able to see work up close and personal after weeks of staring at it on a computer screen completely changes your appreciation for an image.
We just finished installing an exhibit entitled, Beyond the Border. The show deals with issues concerning the immigration debate and the ecological effects the border wall is having on the animals that call the border region home. The opening reception was last Saturday night and people cried. It was an excellent end to a harrowing two weeks installing such a massive show.
The only aspect of my job I haven’t really touched yet is the education coordination. Most of those events don’t occur until the spring so I have some time to prepare for whats sure to be a hectic couple of months. When it gets here I will be responsible for installing exhibit of student work and organizing a week of educational workshops for spring break. I am a little anxious of this whole endeavor given that the rest of the job will carry on right through this intense few weeks.
My job is not limited to these major responsibilities. I organize a monthly exhibit at a local hotel featuring local artists, that I am solely responsible for hanging. I also share duties welcoming people to the gallery and informing them of what we feature during each show. I help sell tickets to the various concerts we host, like the one I will likely wind up bar-tending tomorrow night. And I move tables and chairs, a lot.
Everyday is an adventure when I walk through the doors and I never have an issue getting out of bed to head into work. I can confidently say that I love my job. I wanted to share since I’ve been gone for so long. I hope to improve my posting in the coming weeks. Until next time, Stay Classy.