The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) preserves, conserves and promotes the legacy and future of African American art and artists while educating the community on the value of art and culture.
As the oldest independently owned African American art center in the United States, the SSCAC takes pride in its past and present contributions to the development and showcasing of emerging and established artists. An established resource for the art community locally, nationally and abroad, the SSCAC seeks out and educates young artists; exhibits the work of emerging and international recognized artists; presents and hosts a variety of cultural and educational programs and serves as a repository for African American artists, scholars, collectors, and the community. The SSCAC is committed to creating a community that values: Creativity, Excellence, Respect, Collaboration, and Stewardship. We successfully advance our work as curators, educators, collectors and preservers because of our resourcefulness, resilience, and commitment to meaningful community engagement. Since being founded by
Dr. Margaret Burroughs and others in 1940, the South Side Community Art Center has been instrumental in the careers of many nationally and internationally established African American artists - from the WPA era to the present. Poet Gwendolyn Brooks wrote and taught at the Center, photographer Gordon Parks had his first darkroom in the Center’s basement and Charles White and Elizabeth Catlett shared what they learned from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with other artists who could not afford the tuition. In recent years, the SSCAC has supported the careers of B. Rael Ali, Candace Hunter, Kerry James Marshall, Faheem Majeed, and Joyce Owens. These names are just a few of the many artists who have contributed to the Center’s rich legacy. In 2018, the South Side Community Art Center was named a historic landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Over the next five years, the South Side Community Art Center seeks to become a thriving pillar of excellence in African American art and culture that contributes to a more culturally enriched Chicago while ensuring that its historic landmark arts center can meet the needs of artists, youth and our community long into the future.
The South Side Community Art Center is seeking a strategic visionary who can take the SSCAC to the next level. We need a face and a force. The Executive Director serves as the face of the organization and must be equally at ease interacting with artists and families as well as major funders, donors, and the press; comfortable working in-house and out, managing and directing staff and volunteers day-to-day, ensuring that exhibitions, art classes and special programs SSCAC is known for are maintained at their current level of excellence while growing in scope. In addition, the Executive Director will lead a major capital campaign and renovation project that has already attracted significant support from the State of Illinois.
The South Side Community Art Center’s Executive Director provides organizational leadership and vision and works in partnership with the Board of Directors and staff to advance the organization’s efforts to impact both the established and emerging arts community while maintaining a legacy of arts advocacy on Chicago’s Southside. The primary responsibilities of the SSCAC Executive Director includes: oversite of day-to-day operations and programming, fundraising, finances, HR and volunteers and facilities management.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Stakeholder Communication & Engagement:
Essential knowledge, skills and abilities:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability. The South Side Community Art Center is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process may contact the
South Side Community Art Center by calling
(773) 373-1026 or by emailing SouthSideCommunityArtCenter@gmail.com
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