Fulcrum Arts is Looking for an Assistant Curator !

Dates or Deadline: 
10 November 2021 to 10 January 2022
Organized by: 
Fulcrum Arts
Pasadena, CA
United States


The Assistant Curator (AC) is a part-time, non-exempt position that works closely with the Executive and  Artistic Director (EAD) to envision, develop, and execute public programming that serves Fulcrum Arts’  mission to champion creative and critical thinkers at the intersection of art and science to provoke  positive social change and contribute to a more vibrant and inclusive community. We focus on the intersection of art, science, and social change across the spheres of human creative achievement and reflect on the diverse cultural groups that comprise the Pacific Rim and Oceania. This geographic focus  favors a multicultural dialogue, decentralizing Eurocentric historical narratives in favor of more inclusive perspectives. 


Fulcrum Arts promotes radical collaboration and experimentation between diverse artists and scientists,  through festivals, residencies, symposia, and public education programs. We build collaborative partnerships between artists and scientists at Caltech; Carnegie Observatories; NASA/Jet Propulsion  Laboratories, and Art Center College of Design, Pitzer College Art Galleries; and many more. Fulcrum Arts is among a few organizations promoting and nurturing artworks with the capacity to be implemented on a civic scale across art and science. 


AC will be the primary curator for Sequencing, our online publication/exhibition platform, and will directly manage public programs including, but not limited to: quarterly LASER events; the Fulcrum Incubator residency; the artist-teacher residency with the Pasadena Unified School District. AC will play a key role in  the development of Fulcrum Arts’ large-scale biennial AxS Festival and Free Radicals Symposia. AC will provide administrative support to the curators and research team for Energy Fields: Vibrations of the Pacific  Edge, Fulcrum Arts’ contribution to the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA initiative. 


Creative input from the Assistant Curator is a valued and significant aspect to all elements of the position. 




The following responsibilities are needed across all Fulcrum Arts public programs as determined by the EAD: 

  • Coordinate and develop public programming, including but not limited to Sequencing projects, LASER talks,  lectures, symposia, workshops, and performances 
  • Work closely with EAD to develop the larger artistic vision for Fulcrum Arts 
  • Work closely with EAD to implement Fulcrum Arts’ DEI goals within all aspects of public programming
  • Collaborate with artists to realize web-based projects within a WordPress framework 
  • Collaborate with Fulcrum staff and consultants on marketing/PR copy for public programming 
  • Track invoicing and budgets with the EAD 
  • Coordinate and participate in planning meetings 
  • Draft artist contracts and RFP’s 
  • Provide support material for fundraising initiatives as needed 
  • Provide content for the Social Media Coordinator on a regular basis 
  • Coordinate artist travel, lodging, and related logistics 
  • Conduct site visits with potential and confirmed residency and program partners 
  • Coordinate PUSD residency program planning, communications, and artist roles 
  • Coordinate and participate in planning meetings as needed 
  • Coordinate documentation 
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings



  • BA/MA degree or equivalent nonprofit management experience 
  • Three to five years of experience coordinating, implementing, and evaluating innovative, interdisciplinary program models outside of a traditional gallery or museum context 
  • Strong project management skills managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable  successes and program growth 
  • Knowledge of local, regional, and national arts community, with an understanding of diverse cultural traditions  and disciplines; knowledge of international arts community 
  • Knowledge of contemporary arts in the Pacific Rim & Oceania 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details.
  • Must have own vehicle and liability insurance 
  • Based in LA County or vicinity; able to work both remotely and from the Fulcrum Arts offices in Pasadena
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 
  • Knowledge of WordPress; ability to generate and edit posts on WordPress sites 
  • Courteous and professional demeanor 



  • $20-30/hour based on skills and experience 
  • Accrual of paid vacation every year 
  • Paid holiday leave 
  • This is a part time, non-exempt position at 3 days per/week 
  • Fulcrum Arts employees may opt to work remotely with approval from EAD 


This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described, and  may be amended at any time at the discretion of the Employer. 



Please submit the following materials as a single PDF to admin@fulcrumarts.org: 

  • Cover letter that speaks to your interest and experience working within the intersection of art and science
  • Current curriculum vitae 
  • Contact information for 1-3 professional references 
  • 1 sample of previously published writing, no longer than 1,500 words

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