Arts education officer

 22 March 2011

Arts education officers organise and run education programmes for a variety of organisations, including local authorities, galleries, museums and other arts organisations. This could be in the context of visual, performing or literary arts.

Organise and run education programmes.
Organise and run education programmes.

The work can vary greatly according to the organisation employing the arts education officer but can involve:

  • Making arts accessible to a wide range of people including children, young people and adults and those with disabilities
  • Organising and running events for schools which includes liaising with teaching staff
  • Overseeing the recruitment of freelance artists and arranging employment contracts
  • Developing attractive educational materials, including quizzes, puzzles and worksheets, which may be curriculum-based
  • Designing interactive educational activities such as story-telling, role-play and practical demonstrations
  • Working directly with children and adults to deliver workshops
  • Managing education projects and liaising with other arts organisations and educational institutions
  • Outreach work with the local community
  • Risk assessment and project evaluation
  • A wide variety of administrative tasks including writing reports and dealing with enquiries from the public
  • Fund-raising and managing budgets
  • Marketing and publicity including writing copy for publications and for the internet
  • Organising and running exhibitions and arts festivals
  • Seeking out new opportunities for partnerships with local businesses, groups and societies

Although the work is usually 9-5, Monday-Friday, flexibility is important as arts events may take place during the evenings and at weekends. The job can involve some travel, mostly within the local area.

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