In collaboration with Shared_Studios, The Africa Center is looking for a Portal curator to work at the the Center’s new home at 110th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan.
Portals Curators staff each Portal in the Shared_Studios global network. The Curator will work closely with the mission of The Africa Center to engage local communities, program special events, and occasionally provide language interpretation too.
This part-time position would begin in mid-September 2018, and continue through January 2019, with the possibility of extension.
Operate the Portal, including opening and closing the Portal, mastering technology and troubleshooting, ushering individuals into and out of the Portal every 20 or 30-minutes, talking to passersby, and explaining the Portals initiative
Program Dialogues & Events, including coordinating and scheduling special events, artist collaborations, classroom visits, and performances, and overseeing backend scheduling software
Outreach in the Community, including emailing and calling local organizations, liaising with press organizations, coordinating videographers and social media elements, and occasionally shooting iPhone video
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage people from diverse backgrounds
Attention to detail, particularly around scheduling and logistics
Responsible, results-oriented, and self-motivated
Flexible schedule since we work across various time zones: sometimes the Portal will be open very early in the day or late in the evening
Comfort with computers, VOIP systems, and social media appreciated
Located in New York, NY.
Proficiency in English required; proficiency in French, Swahili, Arabic preferred
Shared_Studios™ is a multidisciplinary art, design and technology collective building an Internet you can walk through. With patented and patent-pending innovations in hardware, software, and design, Shared_Studios creates interconnected environments around the world that feel spatially continuous and through which participants can engage naturally, life-size, making eye contact. Our spaces include Portals™, Shared_Playgrounds™ and Shared_Stages™. Shared_Studios is creating a Shared_World, where we all talk, work, collaborate, debate, and play across all forms of distance as if sharing the same space.