Alabama State Council on the Arts seeks Director of Alabama Center for Traditional Culture

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The Alabama Center for Traditional Culture (ACTC), the folk and traditional arts division of the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), seeks applications by August 11 for the position of Director for the ACTC, responsible for programs designed to identify, document, and present art traditions indigenous to Alabama communities. This position reports to the ASCA Executive Director and works closely with the agency’s program managers, radio producer, and communications specialist.

The ACTC Director and staff are responsible for the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program and Folklife Project Grants. The Director will have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of projects and partnerships. Past ACTC productions and collaborations include the Alabama Folklife Festival, community scholar institutes, documentary recordings & films, teacher workshops, traveling exhibits, radio production, a public television series, scholarly articles, convenings, symposia, music tours, monographs, traveling exhibits, and exhibits in the Alabama Artists Gallery. The Director works closely with the Alabama Folklife Association, a statewide partner of the Council.

ASCA is a state agency based in Montgomery, serving all of Alabama. ASCA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality for all Alabamians by providing support for the state’s diverse and rich artistic resources. The Council was established in 1967 and employs seventeen professional staff members. ASCA operates with an annual state legislative appropriation of over $5,000,000 plus $800,000+ in federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Over 350 grants to 200+ organizations, schools, and individual artists are awarded and administered annually. e Council also produces numerous annual projects and special events and promotes all arts disciplines and arts education statewide. Council on the Arts o ces are located on the ground oor of the RSA Tower in downtown Montgomery. State employees enjoy robust employment and retirement benefits. Salary range: $44,213-$67,009.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Folklore, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, or a closely related eld.
  • Four years of professional experience in public folk cultural work or similar eld to include minimum of one year of supervisory or administrative experience.
  • A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the elds listed above may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Questions should be directed to Council Executive Director Dr. Elliot Knight at [email protected].

Applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Andrea Crowley at [email protected]. In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must also apply at between July 21-August 11 and be certified to a list of qualified candidates available for potential employment.

Deadline to Apply: August 11, 2021 @ 5pm CT

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