The Harlem Arts Festival presents multi-disciplinary performances in venues throughout Harlem, culminating in a free annual festival that takes place in Marcus Garvey Park at the Richard Rodgers amphitheater the last weekend of June each year. The festival also produces arts-related discussion forums, educational workshops, performance opportunities and activities throughout the year and during the festival. The goal of the Harlem Arts Festival is to fuel the cultural and artistic prosperity of our neighborhood.In only 3 years, the Harlem Arts Festival has showcased more than 115 artists on its multiple stages. HAF has garnered press from media outlets such as ABC News, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The New York Daily News, The Village Voice, Amsterdam News, Flavorpill, and more. Attendance has grown exponentially since its founding in 2012, with more than 5,000 attendees in 2014 alone. The 2014 festival marked a year of impressive partnerships and growth: the festival expanded its programming to three days, co-presented its Opening Night Party with Revive Music, and worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center to present its Jazz for Young People on Tour program.We recognize the significant momentum and energy uptown, and the Harlem Arts Festival represents the bridge between the artistic legacy that Harlem is known for, and the artists taking a contemporary look at what happens here today.Listed below are the current available positions at the Harlem Arts Festival. We are looking for people with a range of skills and availability on a number of dates. Interested volunteers should complete the volunteer application here. Please email us at jobs@harlemartsfestival.com. We will be in touch with you once we have received your materials!

Arts and Development Assistant

As the festival is growing quite quickly, we are looking for an Arts and Development Assistant to support day-to-day artistic operations, our artistic application and selection process, community relationships, artist production and liaison, and organizational development.Core Responsibilities:

  • Support HAF Executive Team with the autumn launch of the artist application for 2015, including promotion of the application process, and application support queries from artists
  • Coordinate with the Artistic Selection Committee to set dates for application review and selection
  • Organize and coordinate all applications, supporting work samples, and payment of the application fee
  • Work with the selected artists to gather all necessary materials for our own promotion.
  • Coordinate with the Technical Director to support production meetings
  • Work with Marketing Director to provide all necessary promotional and programmatic material for the HAF website, program, and flyers.
  • Support the Executive Director with organizational development in the form of grant writing and research, program development, institutional and community partnerships, and the planning and execution of the annual Gala.
  • Act as a visible and vocal representative of the festival by attending relevant arts events in and around Harlem, meeting artists, promoting the application and the festival itself.


  • BA/BS Strongly preferred
  • Must be strong writer, with excellent grammar and proofreading skills.
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)
  • Google Docs (Spreadsheets, docs, drive, etc.)
  • Experience in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Design strongly preferred
  • Clear and confident communicator, we need someone who can comfortably manage and communicate with up to 70 artists at once, and maintain our relationships with our Artistic Selection Committee.
  • Flexibility- this is a must! As a growing organization, we are looking for people who have a “make it happen” attitude, able to adapt, stay focused, and respond to challenges that come up.
  • Energy and enthusiasm. We are looking for someone with passion for the arts and community development. We want a connector who recognizes opportunities to support and promote the festival whenever possible.

Specifics:Team meetings are held 1-2 times per week in the evening, and are required. As our annual Gala and Festival approach, additional evening meetings may be added as needed. Work outside of meetings is independent and while you will regularly check in with the Executive Team, you will also be responsible for accomplishing work on your own time, as needed. Gala and Festival week not withstanding, average time per week is 5-10 hours.This is an assistant position for an individual looking to develop their arts administration skills. Ideal for a recent or upcoming graduate, or someone looking to supplement their resume and work experience with a part time project. The ideal applicant will be passionate about the arts and community development, energetic, positive, and committed to advancing the grown of the festival.As we are a startup non-profit, this position is part-time to full time. Compensation will be based upon experience, and will be a combination of a monthly stipend + commission.Interested applicants should send a copy of their resume to jobs@harlemartsfestival.com.

Development Internship

The Harlem Arts Festival is seeking a development intern that can assist HAF’s Development Associate and Executive director in a major multi-faceted fundraising and promotional campaign throughout Harlem and Manhattan.Core Responsibilities:

  • Research and application for funding offered through community, city-wide and state granting institutions.
  • Assisting in planning special events of large and small scale to a diverse audience of potential investors and VIP\’s of the Harlem community. These fundraising events must reflect the high standard of the Harlem Arts Festival, a world class, premiere event; they must be planned and executed with the utmost attention to detail.
  • Attend regular meetings to discuss long and short term plans with the Director of PR and Marketing, Executive Director, and Creative Director.
  • Assist in creation and maintenance of strategic relationships with potential investors, and private donor base.
  • Assist in letter writing campaigns
  • Organize Harlem Arts Festival’s database of donors, contacts, and sponsors.

Successful candidates should have a history of self-initiative. The right candidate should have a passion for the arts and for taking a visible role in promoting the appreciation of the arts to audiences of all ages. He/she must possess a solid reputation for integrity, high energy, a strong work ethic, fairness, and strong interpersonal skills. Preference for candidates with a connection to Harlem.Qualifications:

  • BA/BS preferred.
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong project management abilities
  • Organized with the ability to self-manage. Demonstration of self-initiative is a must.
  • The right candidate should be able to advance multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.

EOE. Stipend available based on experience.Qualified candidates should send a resume and a detailed cover letter highlighting their interest and qualifications to the attention of the Executive Director, Neal Ludevig at jobs@harlemartsfestival.com.

Graphic Design Internship

We are seeking a design intern for the Harlem Arts Festival. Ideal intern candidates would be extremely adept in Adobe Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator, and enthusiastic about design, the arts (music, dance, theater, and visual arts), entrepreneurship, and the non-profit sector. Experience in Google Docs (spreadsheets, docs, drive, etc.) strongly preferred.Core Responsibilities:

  • Designing traditional print materials for HAF events (postcards, programs, flyers, posters, etc.)
  • Designing online graphics for social media (primarily Facebook & Twitter)
  • Monthly preparation of newsletters
  • Additional projects in film and photography are a possibility.
  • Skills in media editing are a plus
  • General design assistance

Stipends based upon experience. This internship can receive school credit. Intern will get to work directly with the executive staff. Intern must be a team player, and will be working very closely with the directors. This position has a potential to become a full-time position for the right candidate.This is a phenomenal opportunity to become involved in a rapidly growing company that has tremendous opportunities in marketing, branding, events, product placement, media attention and more. As a small organization, self-initiative and organization is an absolute must.Please email a resume, cover letter, and at least one work sample to jobs@harlemartsfestival.com

Marketing Internship

We are seeking a Marketing Intern for the Harlem Arts Festival. Interested candidates should have a strong understanding of how to grow audiences and augment company profiles both online and at events. S/he will be coordinate with the Executive team to coordinate festival e-blasts, promotional and fundraising events, and community outreach. S/he will also engage in other marketing activities, including coordinating with news outlets, planning investor events, coordinating with filmmakers to produce multimedia content, etc.Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with the executive team to keep our website up-to-date and create new content
  • Monitor the functionality of the site and work with our programmers to fix errors that occur
  • Help develop and maintain company profiles on social media platforms
  • Analyze web traffic and prepare reports for the business development team
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance our online presence
  • Spearhead the creation of videos and other multi-media content for our website and for festival promotion.
  • Send regular e-blasts about festival updates, events, news, etc.
  • Track and maintain a detailed mailing list of our contacts.

We are looking for a person who is reliable, dedicated, and self-motivated. It is critical that this person demonstrate ability to think creatively, work quickly, and collaboratively. Regular meetings to discuss long and short term plans with the Director of PR and Marketing, Executive Director, and Creative Director, and Development Director will be held to ensure team collaboration and effective communication. Stipends available based upon experience.Qualifications:

  • BA/BS preferred.
  • Knowledge of WordPress, Mailchimp, and Adobe Suite strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) strongly preferred
  • Experience with Google Docs (drive, spreadsheets, doc, etc.) strongly preferred
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong project management abilities
  • Organized with the ability to self-managed. Demonstration of self-initiative is a must.
  • The right candidate should be able to advance multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.

EOE. Stipend available based on experience.Qualified candidates should send a detailed cover letter highlighting their interest and qualifications and a résumé to the attention of the Executive Director, Neal Ludevig, at jobs@harlemartsfestival.com