Open Door Arts (formerly VSA Massachusetts)

The NonProfit Center89 South St #101
Boston, MA 02111

Date Posted:
August 12, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Gallery Fellow


VSA Massachusetts - Gallery Fellow

The mission of VSA Massachusetts, an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, is to promote unlimited personal, academic and professional possibilities for individuals with disabilities by offering inclusive arts programming, events, and trainings that foster learning and collaboration and nurture artistic expression. VSA MA does this work through two primary programs: COOL Schools, and the Open Door Gallery.

TheOpen Door Gallery(ODG) in Boston exhibits and elevates the work of aspiring, emerging and established artists with disabilities, providing a platform that convenes and engages the community in powerful conversations that examine beauty, humanity, identity, and disability through the arts.

Job Description

VSA MA is looking for a Gallery Fellow for the upcoming year to support our exhibits, community programming, and communications efforts.

Job responsibilities may include:

Assisting with the development and implementation of innovative, interactive programming that supports the gallery’s mission during typical business hours, opening receptions, and community events.
Assisting with the curation of exhibitions, including installation and deinstallation, hanging and placement of art, as well as the design and placement of wall text.
Supporting marketing and communication efforts around ODG programming and events, including social media.
Assisting with the design, creation and implementation of accessibility related programming, offerings, and accommodations for exhibits and events.
Researching opportunities to further the work of the gallery (networking, prospecting artists, creating a roster of artists/potential exhibits, and identifying potential partners).

Other duties may include:

Providing general administrative support to VSA MA staff.
Assisting with other programming related duties as needed.


8-15 hours per week expected commitment
Year-long placement preferred but open to semester-only placements
Position includes an hourly stipend for applicants with Work Study awards
Opportunities for Learning:
Inclusive education practices
Arts non-profit management
Gallery management, curatorial opportunities

Qualifications required:

Previous experience working in a museum or gallery desired
A strong interest in disability and social justice issues
Strong organizational, writing and communication skills
Willingness and comfort working independently or in a team and contributing ideas and interests
How To Apply:

To apply:

  • Please submit a resume and a cover letter to that highlights your interest in and/or experience with inclusive arts and museum or gallery programming

  • In your email subject line, please be sure to include "Gallery Fellow 2019-2020 Application"

Apply by:
September 01, 2019
About this Organization:
Open Door Arts (formerly VSA Massachusetts) promotes access, participation and representation of people with disabilities in arts and culture by providing arts education programs, professional development, exhibitions and community events.  

The COOL Schools Program(Creative Outlook On Learning) creates partnerships between Open Door Arts teaching artists (TAs) classroom teachers, and schools to implement arts-integrated instruction to improve learning and engagement for students of all abilities. 

The Open Door Galleries provides opportunities for artists with disabilities to display their work in our Boston and Worcester galleries and act as a forum for the community to come together to have important conversations about ability, culture and inclusion.

Training and professional development offer opportunities for collaboration with communities and cultural institutions to improve participation in the arts for people with disabilities, as participants, audiences and creators.