Newspace needs to hire a professional curator to grow its Exhibition and Lecture Program and enrich this Portland, Oregon based organization. This project will only be funded if at least $25,000 is pledged by Fri, Oct 10 2014 3:00 PM EDT. To help: https://www.kickstarter.com...
Newspace Center for Photography is is an educational and cultural nonprofit that is dedicated to promoting photographic education and appreciation to the public as well as providing a space and building a community where photo enthusiasts can learn, create, discuss and show their work.
Since its founding in 2002, Newspace has served the greater Portland community through three programs – exhibitions and corresponding lectures, educational courses, and photographic facilities, reaching more than 12,000 individuals through annual attendance and more than 36,000 in annual web traffic. In 2011 Newspace completed an expansion that more than doubled the size of its gallery. It has become clear that the next step in the organization’s evolution is to hire a professional curator to focus on the Exhibition and Lecture Program. Doing so would improve programming, as well as community outreach and access.
To complete this project, Newspace is asking for your support, which will go towards: carrying out a national search, employing a professional curator for two years beginning in November 2014, producing educational and outreach materials such as wall text, brochures, etc. and paying speaker fees for visiting lecturers.
Newspace is seeking a trained curator with a masters degree or PhD in art history or curatorial studies. These credentials indicate that this person has the training and expertise to provide an understanding of the full history of photography while having a finger on the pulse of contemporary photographic practice.
Your contribution will go towards hiring costs (job posting fees, candidate travel for interviews), wages and earnings taxes, educational and outreach materials (wall panels, brochures, other publications), and guest lecturers' fees, which are necessary to get the program off the ground. Of course, the campaign goal also includes the expenses associated with reward fulfillment and credit card processing fees. In addition to this Kickstarter Campaign, Newspace is actively fundraising from local and national funders to leverage support from multiple sources for this project. Your contribution will not only go directly towards hiring a curator, but will also help us to raise funds from other sources.
By increasing Newspace’s reach through an expanded exhibitions and lecture program, we can create a long-term, sustainable Curatorial Program by diversifying and expanding our funding capabilities. Adding a curator to the Newspace staff will raise the organization's profile, increase awareness of Newspace's dynamic programming in the region and beyond, and create exhibition and lecture opportunities that attract local and national funders into the future.
Up until now, we have executed our exhibition and lecture program through the collaborative efforts of our Gallery and Founding Director, Chris Bennett, and Executive Director Tricia Hoffman. This October, Chris will conclude his tenure in order to pursue his teaching and photographic career full-time. This transition is a key opportunity for Newspace to transform its exhibition and lecture programming by hiring a curator who is specifically trained in the history and development of the medium.
See the Kickstarter page for rewards and more information.