Pao Arts Center: Programs & Communications Fellow (Boston)

Monday, June 6th from 12:00am to Friday, August 12th, 2022 12:00am (ET)


This position is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Location: Greater-Boston
This organization is prepared to host a fellow in person for 2022.

The Mission of Pao Arts Center is to celebrate and strengthen the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) community of Chinatown and Greater Boston through accessible and culturally relevant art, education, and creative programs.

We envision . . .
• the Chinatown community to be healthy and thriving
• API artists of Greater Boston flourishing and making a significant impact
• the Pao Arts Center strengthening API arts in the region and influencing the national network of API cultural centers.

We believe . . .
• Access to cultural resources is necessary to achieve cultural equity
• The arts are essential to individual and community well-being
• Building coalitions and partnerships across the API community can create social change

Our Goals:
• Amplify the API community voice and presence in and outside of Pao Arts Center
• Provide and support leadership for the API arts community in Boston
• Make key infrastructure improvements and build a sustainable financial model

Pao Arts Center will leverage the artistic and creative assets in Chinatown to build and support a community that is slowly being torn apart by urban development. Through programming and communications activities, Pao Arts Center will highlight how this vibrant neighborhood continues to contribute to the life and identity of Boston. Because of the small size of the Pao Arts Center staff, the fellow will have a genuine impact and input on programs and activities of the Pao Arts Center to carry out these goals. This summer the intern will focus on Pao Arts Center’s 1.) programming and 2.) communications and 3.) administrative database support.

The intern will work with program managers on our place-based programs including Residence Lab (Res Lab) program, our summer performance series, Experience Chinatown festival.

Residence Lab is a partnership between Pao Arts Center and Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) to empower and train artists and residents to collectively preserve the Chinatown community through creative and artistic space activation. Through site-specific installations, Residence Lab will activate underutilized public/third spaces in Chinatown, transforming these sites into tools for public stories that uplift the narratives, culture, and character of Boston’s Chinatown.

• Work with Pao Arts Center staff to plan and curate for Residence Lab, summer performance series in partnership with the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and Experience Chinatown performances.
• Work with Pao Arts Center and ACDC staff and artists on the installation of ResLab artists projects in July 2022
• Assist with staffing of summer performances and events

• Articulating and sharing the impact of Residence Lab by chronicling progress of the ResLab program by creating online storytelling components (this can include blogs, audio podcast, video etc….
• Strategize ways to leverage social media and create online community to foster a virtual connection and sense of belonging to the Chinatown
• Spear head creative arts benefit messaging in collaboration with masscreative

• Support program staff to collect and process new constituent data into client database;
• Collect audience demographics and surveys during events
• Assist with meeting minutes and note taking during program planning meetings.

-Strong written and communications skills
-Self-starter who expresses opinions and feedback respectfully
-Ability to work well independently
-Experience and desire to contribute to a team
- Familiarity or proficiency in Excel or other databases
-Strong organizational skills
-Demonstrated interest in using arts and culture for community and neighborhood development
-Experience in project management and carrying out a project from conception to completion
-Interest or experience with social media
-Experience in community building

Language: Proficiency in written and oral Chinese is a plus.

If the candidate lacks the experience requested, candidates who can articulate an interest in community building are encouraged to apply. The Pao Arts Center seeks a student who demonstrates the ability to think creatively and outside-the-box with a strong commitment to learning. As we are a new organization, flexibility and openness to change is a must.

• Develop an understanding of the challenges and concerns of Chinatown residents
• Learn about the history of gentrification, activism, and placemaking in Chinatown
• Explore different ways to communicate impact of the program with the public through (not limited to blogs, podcast, social medias)
• Design and execute public messaging campaign
• Experience universal design in action by participating in training a long site residents and artists and seeing these principles executed
• Learn more about designing public arts and activating spaces in the City of Boston
• Develop an understanding of program evaluation
• Develop an understanding of Pao Arts Center’s strategy in supporting the community through creative practice, healing, and resilience.

Applicants to this position may address cover letters to Cynthia Woo, Director of Pao Arts Center.

As a community-based organization serving immigrant populations, promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging guides our mission and work. It has done so since our founding in 1969, when Chinatown residents, parents, and community leaders formed the organization to give voice to Asian immigrants in the design of the Josiah Quincy Elementary School complex. This project and the programs and services that BCNC has provided since then all aim to make Boston a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive space where people regardless of their heritage feel like they belong. This longevity established generations of Chinese speaking families seeking services from BCNC or referring new immigrants to a place they trust with staffing representing their community.

Pao Arts Center’s strategic plan also identifies that the Center’s programs and organizational culture are grounded in the following beliefs, that:
• Cultural equity can only be achieved when all people have agency in their cultural lives and equitable access to the resources to pursue them.
• People of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage have stronger visibility, voice, and power when they build coalitions across divides within the API community, including ethnicity, geography, class, and immigration status.
• The API community can help to create social change in partnership with other communities.
• Pao Arts Center is a contributor to cultural equity in Greater Boston for people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.

The projects that the Tisch Summer Fellow will work on are specifically geared to uplifting the concerns of the community and highlighting the nuanced experiences of the API community and identity. Residence Lab is a partnership between Pao Arts Center and Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) to empower and train artists and residents to collectively preserve the Chinatown community through creative and artistic space activation. Experience Chinatown and the summer performance series gives platforms to contemporary API artistic work and viewpoints and will include music and spoken word. This years summer performance theme will complete our New Narratives exhibition series which features twenty-five artworks by sixteen Boston-area artists who explore aspects of their identity through their artist practice, as well as Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture and narratives informed by personal experience.

Opens Dec 14, 2020 12:01am
Registration Closes
Jan 28, 2022 11:59pm or when space runs out.