The Downtown Arts District, presenting Art in Odd Places (AiOP), seeks a Central Florida based curator or curatorial team for its 2016 festival focusing on PLAY. Art in Odd Places' 2nd annual festival will take place in downtown Orlando. AiOP is an art festival placing visual and performance art into the public realm, engaging pedestrians and passersby. AiOP's mission is to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.


Responsibilities include:

1) Development of theme and writing a curatorial essay.

2) Overseeing the 'call for artists', including getting the word out and the selection of artists' projects.  AiOP will provide administrative support in receiving and managing submissions. 

3) Working with selected artists before and during the festival addressing such items as: concerns about installation in public space, project development and promotion, securing locations, etc. AiOP will provide support in this area such as organizing artist resources and group meetings as needed. 

4) Working closely with the Director, Production Manager and Administrative Assistant on the production of the festival scheduled for November 2016 i.e. weekly/bi-weekly meetings February-November.

5) Organization of materials from artists (images, project descriptions, bios, etc for web, print, and press).

6) Involvement with partnership collaborations and fundraising efforts. Participation with AiOP opening party and public events. 


This is a demanding opportunity requiring much more time than you would imagine! It calls for enthusiasm, good humor and a collaborative spirit and provides, in return, the chance to place your stamp on the festival. There is a modest stipend.


Application Instructions


Submit these materials before February 29, 2016 deadline:

1. Cover letter

2. Curator's one page resume (Teams: one page)

3. Ideas for the 2016 festival theme of PLAY: (500-word max). Typically, the theme is one word that has ambiguous meanings.

4. Links to examples of past-curated shows including images and press, particularly any public art installations/performances.

5. Curator's statement about these past exhibitions with particular emphasis on the public art shows. (250-word max) Curator or team should have experience working in public space, familiarity with both contemporary visual and performing arts and artists. Teams should have some history working together so please describe in application.  Submit via email to with "2016 Curator" in subject line. DEADLINE: February 29, 2016 Curator(s) notified by March 14, 2016

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