Art: Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC)

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About GPAC

The Germantown Performing Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary performing arts facility whose mission is to serve the community by presenting the highest quality artistic endeavors to engage, enrich and transform. Opened in 1994, GPAC has an acoustically perfect, 824 seat main stage theatre, black box theatre, green room, dressing rooms and a grand lobby. Currently in our 19th season, GPAC presents world renowned performing artists in a variety of genres, year round educational activities for all ages, rotating visual art exhibits and many community events, welcoming over 70,000 visitors annually. The organization benefits from the infrastructure of a professional organization that possesses a clear direction, strong financial health, and a committed board of directors. Located in the heart of Shelby County, GPAC serves the greater Memphis area of over a million people and is accessible to all. Our audience reflects a broad cross section of the larger community cutting across age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc. GPAC board (half are seniors, one-third persons of color) and staff are committed to presenting a diverse array of artists, offering a variety of programming, marketing to a wide cross section of our community, increasing the quality and quantity of educational offerings, making the arts accessible to underserved and disabled constituents, improving the diversity of audiences and the artists which attract them and building relationships with new constituencies.

Desired Skill for Fellow

GPAC seeks a Fellow who is interested in the arts and the nonprofit world. The Fellow would work in our development department, assisting our Director of Development, but there would also be opportunities for cross-departmental work with the PR & Marketing staff. There would be some general office duties, as needed, but the ultimate goal is to mentor the Fellow in the art of successful fundraising. Having a true desire to learn from a 20-year veteran of the fundraising ‘trenches’ is the most important quality we are looking for. Skills should include: intelligent, friendly, outgoing, technology savvy, and the ability to think on his/her feet. GPAC is both a nonprofit organization and a department of the City of Germantown, so the Fellow would also have the opportunity to learn about politics and government policies from inside a well-run city.

Fellow Responsibilities

The GPAC Fellow would be working closely with the Director of Development, helping to create an annual development plan and budget, assisting in the solicitation of corporate partners and individual donors, participating in regularly scheduled marketing/public relations brainstorming sessions, as well as working on a number of special events, including the GPAC annual Gala and community outreach programs throughout the year. The Fellow would also learn to use our integrated ticketing/donor database system. The Director of Development is interested in hiring a full-time assistant, so this Fellowship could lead to full-time employment.

For more information on GPAC, visit their website.