Events & Programs Manager

Job Summary:  Under general direction of the Artistic Programming Director & Executive Director the Events Manager will coordinate and manage Art Center events & programs, private parties, and building rentals.

Art Center of the Bluegrass:  Founded in 2003,The Art Center of the Bluegrass is the creative hub for the southern Bluegrass region of Kentucky, with rotating exhibits and a wide range of educational programs and events for children and adults.

Mission:  The Art Center of the Bluegrass connects people to art, culture, and creativity.

Vision:  To inspire creative exploration and experiences.

Core Values:  Include, Innovate, Inspire, Create, Explore, Connect

Diversity & Inclusion:  No matter who you are or where you come from, you are welcome at the Art Center of the Bluegrass.  We embrace individuality, support human growth, and encourage everyone’s points of view.

Start Date:  Negotiable

Compensation:  $36,000- $40,000 annually (monthly tech stipend, 12 paid holidays, PTO days, flex time, new laptop computer, 80% discount on classes & building rental, 25% discount on gallery purchases, possible health insurance). Full time position, 35-40 hours per week.

Physical Requirements:  Regularly operate a computer and other office equipment. Occasionally move about the workspace. Attend meetings in various locations in the building and outside of the building.  Communicate or exchange information with co-workers and other individuals in person or electronically.  Drive a car and lift 15+ pounds. 


Full time position

Flexible, nontraditional hours as needed.

Principle Responsibilities:

Programs & Events

  • With Artistic Programming Director, create annual events schedule
  • Grow and develop Art Center events
  • Manage all events  
  • Manage programs & events on the Google Calendar
  • Create monthly reports on programs and event data
  • Attend Art Center events & programs 
  • Find volunteers for programs and events
  • Set up technology for events

Building Rentals

  • Grow and manage the Building Rental Program
  • Grow and manage the Birthday Party Program
  • Manage the new Building Rental space, including rentals, alcohol, cleaning


  • With Executive Director & Artistic Programming Director, develop annual events schedule
  • Coordinate & manage current Art Center events
  • Develop new Art Center Events
  • Develop new Art Park events
  • Build Art Park sense of space
  • Support fundraising events

Lunch & Evening with the Arts

  • Grow Lunch & Evening with the Arts
  • With Artistic Programming Director, establish annual LWTA program and schedule presenters
  • Add to Google calendar
  • Be point of contact

Artist Market Events

  • Contract artists
  • Coordinate logistics & volunteers
  • Be present at each Market
  • Establish evaluation metrics

Health & Wellness

  • With Artistic Programming Director & Education Manager, develop new health & wellness programs

Art Kits

  • Manage Art Kits Program
  • Buy materials
  • Coordinate the creation of kits


  • Cover visitor engagement shifts as needed, including covering one to two Saturday shifts a year. 
  • Attend Art Center events, programs, and some openings
  • Where appropriate, contribute team effort to be creative and solve problems (example: large exhibit planning, annual program schedule…)

Disclaimer:  This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder might differ from those outlined in this job description and other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job.

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To apply, please send resume and cover letter to niki@artcenterky.org.