SPACES is the resource and public forum for artists who explore and experiment. We commission artists from around the world—at all stages of their careers—to make new work that is responsive to timely issues. Through our Residency & Exhibition Programs we provide compensation, support, and access to resources for cultural producers who immerse themselves in Cleveland for up to eight weeks. Additionally, we provide support to local artists through re-granting initiatives and connect to the diverse communities of Cleveland through strong partnerships.
SPACES is a 44-year old nonprofit organization founded by artists to experiment with the creation of non-commercially oriented art and to engage the public in a vital dialogue about the topics explored. It continues to be a space where artists have the freedom to research new ideas, media, and ways to engage the community. SPACES has a strong track record of rethinking the ways in which an organization can support artists in their practice and in materializing their ideas.
The annual operating budget of SPACES is nearly $800,000. The staff includes 5 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, 1-2 interns, 4 contracted employees/agencies, and volunteers who provide support throughout the year. A Board of Directors reflects a diverse range of expertise and perspectives. Infused throughout our work is a commitment to equitable access to art and art funding.
SPACES seeks a Development Director that will have the drive to propel the organization forward and realize its potential—specifically as it relates to our development work. Reporting to, and working closely alongside, SPACES’ Executive Director, the Development Director will be responsible for critical administrative, financial, and fundraising operations. The Development Director will develop financial tools; guide operational and programmatic budgeting; assist with program development as it overlaps with fundraising; and contribute to strategic planning. The Development Director must be willing to take on new tasks and challenges as they arise, as well as serve as an ambassador for SPACES its many constituents. Importantly, they must be able to navigate this role through a lens of racial equity and social justice, as we advance the organization’s mission as the resource and public forum for artists who explore and experiment.