for the Holland Community Opera Fellowship
Opera Omaha is seeking a teaching artist to join the Holland Community Opera Fellowship Team. You do not need to be an opera singer to apply. This new multi-disciplinary, non-singing position is a unique opportunity being piloted this year as an expansion of the Fellow program. The Fellow will join Opera Omaha at a critical time in the Company’s history, building on a radical program that redefines how an opera company serves its community. Launched in 2017, the Holland Community Opera Fellowship leads the opera field in civic practice - building deep relationships outside of the performance venues. These relationships and the programs co-created with our partners have proven to be our strengths in these unprecedented times. Four Holland Community Fellows are engaged each season to bring their skills as artists and trained civic practitioners in service to individual creative growth within partner organizations, through a combination of long- and short-term co-created programs.
A strong interest in serving community through the arts and teaching artist experience are the primary qualities in the successful candidate, familiarity with the craft of performing arts is preferred and creating for opera is a plus. A BIPOC-identifying artist is sought for this position to reflect the diverse populations of the Omaha metro and the communities we serve.
This full-time position would be to complete the 2020/2021 season beginning in November 2020 through May 2021, with a salary of $30,000 for a 30-week contract.
The position may be renewed for the full 2021/2022 season (40 weeks August-May).
About the Position
The Holland Community Opera Fellow will act as a primary teaching artist in the company’s engagement programming initiative as part of a team of four Fellows. They will contribute meaningfully to the success of the Community Opera Fellowship team and serve as an ambassador of the company by developing relationships with community leaders and partners. They will design and implement unique projects combining artistry and creativity, leadership, advocacy, and citizenship. They will represent Opera Omaha while serving a broad and evolving community through engagement with civic and community organizations and institutional leaders; programming for community members; the development of educational resources; and the development of partnerships and programs with community institutions. The ideal candidate will be a practicing, professional artist interested in community collaboration and learning in a broad social context with experience as a teaching artist. As a pilot expansion, Opera Omaha will identify with the successful candidate support for and deepening of their individual artistry, creative practice and professional development. Recognizing that opera is a multidisciplinary art form, artists of all associated disciplines are invited to apply including but not limited to: directors, conductors, instrumentalists, costume and scenic designers, composers, librettists, writers, dancers, and visual artists.
In partnership with the Fellowship team, major responsibilities include:
- Bring creative programming to underserved communities and demonstrate a commitment to community engagement that extends Opera Omaha’s footprint.
- Create and sustain social value through community-based programming in collaboration with partner organizations, empower communities through multidisciplinary art, music and creative culture.
- With the Community Opera Fellowship Manager and Director of Engagement Programs, the Fellow will conceive and realize projects rooted in their art and engage participants with varied demographics. They will contribute and manage creative programming ideas.
- Research, coordinate, and execute artistic needs related to engagement programming.
- Serve as a teaching artist for collaborative programming in community-based partnerships. Design and adapt arts programming that supports partnering organizations’ objectives and goals.
- Develop and maintain relationships with community members, artists, partners and leaders
Keys to Success
To succeed in this position, the Fellow will bring experience working as an artist in and with community, demonstrated cross cultural life experience and competency, demonstrated interest in and commitment to community and a proactive growth mindset.
Key Skills and Experience Include:
- Experience as a teaching artist is required
- Experience developing and teaching arts programming for youth, families, or adults is required
- Training in teaching artistry, or programming for youth or community strongly preferred
- Demonstrated experience developing and managing independent projects
- Extensive art knowledge in any discipline
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Works well under pressure
- An effective team player with team-oriented work style
- Highly self-motivated
- Multiple language ability is desirable
Professional experience will be considered in lieu of an academic degree.
Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and may be subject to background checks as required by community partner organization policies.
BIPOC-identifying artists are highly encouraged to apply.
The Fellow is a full-time exempt position with a salary of $30,000 for a 30-week contract, which would be prorated based on contract start and end date.
The Fellow receives benefits including: a professional development stipend, a health insurance stipend, and paid time off.
Please email Resume and Artist Work Samples to Fellows@operaomaha.org
Resume should include: training and educational credentials, professional experience in the arts, teaching artist experience, and experience working in community settings
Artist Work Samples should illustrate your own work as an artist and may also include samples from working with students or community. Samples may be on a website, PDFs, photographs, or video files. Please select no more than five samples of work. All work should be clearly labeled.
About Opera Omaha
Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association. With tremendous community support, it became a fully professional opera company by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive community engagement programs that annually reach thousands of individuals.
The Holland Community Opera Fellowship is the centerpiece of Opera Omaha’s strategic vision for the future. In today's world, the arts play a pivotal role in shaping our communities and the quality of life of our citizens. In service to the community, we are bringing opera into new environments illustrating and promoting the value of creativity in both the arts and non-arts sectors. The Holland Community Opera Fellowship (HCOF) brings community-minded, entrepreneurial artists to live and work in Omaha. Fellows serve as ambassadors of the company by developing relationships with community leaders and to design and implement unique projects combining artistry and musicianship, leadership, advocacy, and citizenship.
The Fellowship engages in meaningful dialogue with the community on issues and ideas of social relevance, fulfills unmet needs in the community for arts experiences, education, and appreciation, empowers communities through music and culture, creates reciprocal relationships between Opera Omaha and different sectors and neighborhoods benefitting residents and communities, expands Opera Omaha’s civic impact and relevancy to the community, and diversifies and grows Opera Omaha’s impact through performance and social interactions. The HCOF Community Panel represents a cross-section of the community including organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, and community groups. Those serving on the Community Panel develop a partnership with Opera Omaha to engage in meaningful conversations around community issues, program development, potential partners and opportunities across different neighborhoods and sectors. The panel considers high level strategic decisions and priorities, helping set the direction of the Fellowship and is a critical part of the Fellow selection process, With the panel, residents from neighborhoods across the greater Omaha metro area have a voice in choosing who and how artists interact with their diverse districts and constituent groups.