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Exhibition Docent: LMCC’s Art Center at Governors Island

Lower Manhattan Cultural Club
Working Time
Part Time

  Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is a non-profit dedicated
     to empowering artists with networks, resources, and support to
     create vibrant sustainable communities within Lower Manhattan and
     beyond. LMCC seeks up to six (6) qualified individuals for the
     position of Exhibition Docent for our multi-disciplinary art
     space, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island.
     LMCC’s Public Engagement Initiatives, including our Exhibitions
     and Open Studios demonstrate the role artists play in our
     communities by connecting the Lower Manhattan public to creative
     practices, ideas, art forms, and other audience members seeking
     similar experiences. Through the presentation and commissioning
     of performances, talks, exhibitions, studio visits, open
     rehearsals, readings, and participatory events at the Arts Center
     and across Lower Manhattan, LMCC aims to inspire the public to
     think critically about the world around them and increase the
     attachment that participants feel toward the place where the
     activity is taking place as well as to their fellow attendees.
     For intimate audiences of one and crowds of 1,000 made up of
     individuals with a wide-range of interests and experience with
     the arts, LMCC’s Public Engagement Initiatives shine a light on
     neighborhoods where artists are at work.

     From May 27 – September 24, LMCC has scheduled public
     programming at the Arts Center at Governors Island such as
     gallery exhibitions, open studio events, open rehearsals, talks,
     workshops, and demonstrations.

     The Exhibition Docent will report to the Events Associate. He/She
     will staff the gallery space, to provide information to gallery
     visitors about LMCC and the Arts Center, answer questions about
     the exhibition, and assist with public programming as needed. In
     addition, he or she will be responsible for performing daily
     security and maintenance of art exhibitions.

     Responsibilities include:
     •  Welcoming guests and ensuring a pleasant, inclusive, and
     informative experience
     •  Serving as point person at the Arts Center for information
     about all of LMCC’s 2017 public programming, as well as
     providing informed responses to guests’ questions about
     Governors Island in general
     •  Opening and closing venue
     •  Ensuring the exhibition is set and any A/V aspects are
     functioning properly before gallery opens, and reporting any
     issues directly to LMCC.
     •  Replenishing exhibition printed materials as necessary
     •  Completing daily event reports on activities in the gallery
     •  Assisting with public programs as needed
     •  Maintaining the space on a daily basis, including minor
     cleaning and trash removal
     This is a part-time temporary position with dates flexible from
     May 27 – September 24, 2017. The public hours of the Arts
     Center are as follows: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 12-5pm,
     and the following holiday Mondays:, Memorial Day, Independence
     Day and Labor Day. Additionally, LMCC will hold public hours for
     every day of the River To River Festival, Thursday, June 15 –
     Sunday, June 25.
     Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:
     •  A personable demeanor, and experience with public speaking
     •  Interest in, and familiarity with, contemporary art
     •  A/V experience preferred but not required
     To Apply: Please e-mail your resume with a thoughtful cover
     letter, stating how you heard about the position, to Ariel
     Phillips, Director of Development, at jobs[at] Please
     title the email “Exhibition Docent: YOUR NAME.” No phone
     calls please. Compensation will be $15/hour. Lower Manhattan
     Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to
     diversity. To learn more about LMCC, please visit

     About Governors Island
     Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York
     Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer
     to Brooklyn. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of
     For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base -
     home to the US Army and later the Coast Guard, and closed to the
     public. In 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of Island
     to the people of New York, with the Island's governance and
     funding jointly shared by the City of New York and State of New
     York. The remaining 22 acres of the Island was declared the
     Governors Island National Monument that is overseen by the
     National Park Service.
     The City of New York is now responsible for Governors Island and
     created the Trust for Governors Island, the organization charged
     with the operations, planning and redevelopment of 150 acres of
     the Island.
     The Trust is transforming Governors Island into a destination
     with great public open space, as well as educational,
     not-for-profit, and commercial facilities. 30 new acres of park
     and public spaces opened to the public for the first time in
     2014. The Trust opened the Hills, the crowning feature of the new
     park, in summer 2016. Made of recycled construction and fill
     materials, The Hills rise 25 to 80 feet above the Island, and the
     summit of the tallest Hill provides visitors with a 360-degree
     panorama of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Lower
     Manhattan skyline.
     In addition to the completion of the new park spaces and
     construction of the Hills, The Trust is proceeding with an
     ambitious infrastructure program to ready the Island for expanded
     tenancy and activity. The Trust has also identified RFP finalists
     for tenancy in the Island's historic buildings, which will help
     achieve the goal of making Governors Island an extraordinary
     public resource with a vibrant mix of uses and activities.