South Arts Seeks a Remote Contractor to Evaluate In These Mountains, Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture Initiative

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South Arts solicits applications for the position of a remote contractor to evaluate In These Mountains, Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture Initiative. Proposals will be accepted through 5:00 PM ET, Friday, September 15, 2023.

The contractor will design a methodology for collecting, analyzing, and assessing five years (FY19-23) of resource investment in existing, expanded, and new programs and opportunities. The evaluation should address/assess all program components including 1) partnerships, 2) individual artist awards and fellowships, and 3) grant opportunities. The evaluation should address effectiveness and impact with recommendations for component improvements, expansion, contraction, or elimination. The evaluation should be conducted remotely/virtually; no travel is expected.

The required skills for this position include:

• Advanced experience and understanding of Appalachian Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Folk Studies, or Oral History.

• Previous evaluation experience.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Ability to meet established deadlines.  

• Professional, initiative-taking, highly organized, and self-directed.

• The candidate will provide updates to Teresa Hollingsworth, Director, Traditional Arts, as requested.

Launched in 2018, In These Mountains, Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture (ITM) is a multi-component, multi-year initiative that supports the folk arts and culture in Appalachian Regional Commission counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee. ITM has developed a series of strategic partnerships and opportunities that further projects, programs, and organizations that promote sharing, teaching, learning, preserving, documenting, and supporting the continuity of the folk arts and traditional culture of Central Appalachia.

Please send questions or submissions to Teresa Hollingsworth, Director, Traditional Arts at [email protected] by 5:00pm ET on September 15, 2023.

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